CSR Charter ⅤManagement Policy for Human Growth
Communication Between Employees and Company
Principle and Outline
The Daigas Group believes it important that employees and companies enjoy mutual trust and respect if they are together to help Group companies achieve sound growth. Views are exchanged during informal meetings between labor unions and the management team and at the meetings of various exploratory committees, and communication between employees and companies is being encouraged through such approaches as workplace visits by Osaka Gas' president to Group companies and organizations.
Labor and management cooperation to resolve issues
Osaka Gas has a union shop system in which all employees except those in management level are union members.
The Osaka Gas Workers Union has about 5,300 members, including workers seconded to affiliate companies, and its goal is amicable labor-management relations. The labor union and company management hold council meetings and review committee sessions at which they discuss changes in working conditions, management issues, and company business in general. Through opinion exchanges that build up mutual understanding and trust, the two sides form, maintain, and strengthen solid and amicable labor-management relations.
Efforts to Maintain a Stable Labor-Management Relationship Based on Mutual Trust Even in a Changing Business Environment
More than 45 years have passed since the Osaka Gas Workers Union was formed through the 1973 merger between its predecessor labor union and another employee union. During this period, union members have supported each other and have been united in resolving problems facing individual members each time they emerged—a fundamental policy that has remained unchanged despite the significant changes that have occurred in society. The union activities are aimed at achieving the happiness of all union members. Through their union activities, the members tried to find more meaning in life and an enhanced sense of fulfillment from work to feel greater happiness.
Effectively as a partner of the Management, the Union has monitored and checked the Management’s decisions and other activities by making policy proposals at informal meetings with the President and executives, and separate informal meetings with officials of regional divisions. Through these meetings, the Union has conveyed the voices of union members directly to the Management.
We have undertaken union activities not only by tackling issues requiring immediate attention but also taking medium- and long-term viewpoints into consideration. In response to the changing business environment and the company’s movement toward sustainable growth, we are working to build a resilient organization.
In FY2020, we will work to fulfill various roles to make our presence felt as a union in relation to our members, the company, and society at large. Our functions include maintaining good communication with members, negotiating with the company and keeping an eye on management, participating in activities of the union’s umbrella group, presenting opinions to The Japan Gas Association and government, and organizing volunteer activities.
We will maintain the “equal and amicable labor-management relations” that we have inherited from our predecessors over the Company’s long history. Our goal is to bring labor and management together as a team as a means of improving company performance and boosting union members’ sense of commitment toward their work.
President’s Workplace Tours
An opportunity for direct dialogue between the president and group employees
To foster a sense of unity among employees at Osaka Gas, President Honjo tours different workplaces and conducts “Takarajima Meetups” that give employees direct contact with him. The gatherings serve to highlight the president’s engagement with “Service First,” the Daigas Group corporate motto. They also provide a chance for the frank expression of views from members of each work site, which helps to foster a sense of unity in the group.
In FY2019, President Honjo visited seven business locations including affiliates. After completion of the tour, some of his impressions as well as photos of the site visits were posted on the company intranet to share them with group employees.
Company Award System
President's awards created to build employee awareness
Osaka Gas presents President's Awards in each year to recognize the efforts of employees who have made outstanding contributions in numerous areas and to boost environmental awareness within the company. Employees of Osaka Gas, temporary workers, and employees of affiliate companies are eligible for these awards, given out for remarkable performance at the workplace, for social contributions on behalf of the environment or communities, for the transmission of skills, for safety efforts, etc.