Corporate Volunteering Activities
under the Small Light Campaign

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  • Local Communities

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Principle and Outline

The “Small Light Campaign” was launched in 1981, the UN International Year of Disabled Persons, as a company volunteer effort by the Daigas Group. Begun with the idea that individual employees should take an interest in their immediate surroundings and give serious thought to resolving the various problems facing their local communities, this campaign is characterized by the fact that employees voluntarily plan, participate in, and sustain activities. Our Group's business activities are closely tied to the daily lives of everyone in the community. Acknowledging that this fact alone demands greater self-awareness and action from them as members of their local communities, employees are involved in the “Small Light Campaign” as good corporate citizens.

To promote these activities, we have set up a number of supporting systems, including a Local Community Contribution Category in the President’s Award, “Community Gifts,” and “Volunteer Leave,” as frameworks for improving employee awareness of the need for social contributions and for supporting voluntary activities.

Origin of “lily-of-the-valley” symbol mark

“Lily-of-the-valley” symbol mark

The lily-of-the-valley was adopted as the symbol of the “Small Light Campaign” because its shape resembles a gas lamp’s glass cover, which keeps the flame from being blown out, and because the lily-of-the-valley in the language of flowers symbolizes abundant goodwill and love.

Funding and Activities of the “Small Light Campaign”

Scheme

■ How the “Small Light Campaign” Works

How the “Small Light Campaign” Works

The “Small Light Campaign” has continued for more than 40 years thanks to support extended by Osaka Gas employees, former employees and local people on a volunteer basis, with its operation funded by donations, including “charity calendar” donations.

Fund management

A charity calendar for raising donations from Daigas Group employees, alumni, other relevant parties and customers

A charity calendar for raising donations from Daigas Group employees, alumni, other relevant parties and customers

The “Small Light Campaign” gathers funds through various activities, including charity calendar donations and proceeds from the Midosuji Fureai bazaar, a used book bazaar, and the Suzurankai (Osaka Gas alumni) charity fair, as well as from donations from workplace groups and individuals—all managed as the “Small Light Fund.” The money is used to support the activities of the Small Light Campaign, to support recovery in disaster-hit areas, and to donate items for social welfare or educational purposes, such as wheelchairs and picture books, to all municipalities served by Osaka Gas.

In FY2021, the fund’s operations and activities drew in 9,227 thousand yen in income set off by 8,030 thousand yen in expenditures.

Support utilized the fund

The Small Light Fund, set up through the Small Light Campaign, is used in many ways, such as holding cooking classes (Tomoshibi Cooking for Children) to allow children in children’s homes to experience the joy of cooking and learn the importance of food through a cooking experience and providing opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in society.

  • In FY2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, “Tomoshibi Cooking for Children” cooking classes were held online at each children’s home.

    In FY2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, “Tomoshibi Cooking for Children” was held online at each children’s home.

  • Community bazaar featuring products made by welfare workshops Community bazaar, held in the form of online catalog sales instead of face-to-face sales to prevent COVID-19 infections

    Community bazaar featuring products made by welfare workshops
    Community bazaar, held in the form of online catalog sales instead of face-to-face sales to prevent COVID-19 infections

Employee Volunteers

The “Osaka Gas Tomoshibi Club”

Apart from the “Small Light Fund”, the “Osaka Gas Tomoshibi Club”, established in 2009, utilizes the company's welfare mechanisms to offer employees opportunities to donate. Employees can donate the welfare points granted them each year by the company to their choices of groups tackling social issues. In FY2021, 709 people donated a total of 2,657 thousand yen, which was given to various groups along with the best wishes of the employees.

  • Certified NPO Katariba

    Certified NPO Katariba

  • Certified NPO D x P

    Certified NPO D x P

■ Destinations of Donation and Breakdown of Donated Funds

Name of groups Donation amount
(1,000 yen)
Otera Oyatsu Club (specified NPO tackling the issue of child poverty and supporting single-parent families) 460
Katariba (certified NPO providing mental care and learning opportunities for children with difficulties) 380
D x P (certified NPO working to create connections for high school students with difficulties through LINE app and school) 276
Pool Volunteer (certified NPO aimed at giving everyone the chance to experience the joy of swimming) 373
Social Welfare Corporation Central Community Chest of Japan (Red feather community chest “Support for welfare activities under COVID-19 pandemic” & Disaster Borasapo [disaster area support]) 361
“Sankyubashisuji Street Commercial Cooperative” (which aims to keep lighting gas lamps in the Senba district) 156
“Small Light” Campaign (volunteer activity by the Daigas Group) 651
In addition to the above donations, donations from Group companies (36,000 yen from three companies) were also given to each group.

Volunteered social contribution activities

Group employees participating in sweets-baking volunteer work

Group employees participating in sweets-baking volunteer work

Daigas Group employees collect used books and DVDs to sell at a bazaar sponsored by the Small Light Campaign and used stamps to support the activities of NGOs that offer medical help overseas. They also collect unused and spoiled postcards, which are applied to correspondence expenses by organizations that support evacuees from prefectures stricken by the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Daigas Group employees have continued various volunteer activities, such as making sweets to donate to children’s home residents and volunteering in amateur running races aimed at regional revitalization.

2020 TOPIC) Collecting and donating emergency relief supplies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

In response to the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic, the Daigas Group called for employees to contribute relief supplies and donated masks and sanitary goods to welfare workshops and children’s homes.

Masks and sanitary goods donated by Group employees

Masks and sanitary goods donated by Group employees


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