Corporate Volunteering Activities
under the Small Light Campaign
- Aspects Determined as Materiality
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
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
■ 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. In FY2022, as a commemorative project for the 40th anniversary of the Small Light Campaign, we published a commemorative magazine and strengthened publicity activities to further expand our activities inside and outside the Company.
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 FY2022, the fund’s operations and activities drew in 7,919 thousand yen in income set off by 7,571 thousand yen in expenditures.
Support utilizing 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.
Cooking class “Tomoshibi Cooking for Children”
held for children in children’s homes at the hu+g MUSEUM (showroom)
“Fureai Bazaar,” a community bazaar featuring products made by welfare
workshops, held in the form of online catalog sales instead of face-to-face
sales to prevent COVID-19 infection
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 FY2022, 670 people donated a total of 2,466 thousand yen, which was given to various groups along with the best wishes of the employees.
■ Destinations of Donation
- ・Otera Oyatsu Club (specified NPO tackling the issue of child poverty and supporting single-parent families)
- ・Katariba (certified NPO providing mental care and learning opportunities for children with difficulties)
- ・D x P (certified NPO working to create connections for high school students with difficulties through LINE app and school)
- ・Pool Volunteer (certified NPO aimed at giving everyone the chance to experience the joy of swimming)
- ・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])
- ・“Sankyubashisuji Street Commercial Cooperative” (which aims to keep lighting gas lamps in the Senba district)
- ・Small Light Campaign (volunteer activity by the Daigas Group)
Certified NPO Katariba
Sankyubashisuji Street Commercial Cooperative
Volunteered social contribution activities
Group employees participating in volunteer work for the Combined 10th Osaka Marathon and 77th Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon
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.
2021 TOPIC) Daigas Group’s commemorative projects for the 40th anniversary of the Small Light Campaign
In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Small Light Campaign, we conducted three projects in the hope that people inside and outside the Company will learn more about the Small Light Campaign and raise their awareness to further expand our activities.
[Overview of 40th Anniversary Projects]
Issuance of the 40th Anniversary Commemorative Magazine “40 Years of Gratitude Daigas Group’s 40-Year History of the Small Light Campaign”
We issued the booklet that summarized the history of the Small Light Campaign, from its establishment to the current major activities (support for children and people with disabilities, disaster area support, support for employees’ volunteer activities), as a token of our gratitude to everyone who has supported us for long years.
The commemorative magazine can be downloaded as a PDF file from the page “Corporate Volunteering Activities under the Small Light Campaign” on the Daigas Group’s website.
Production of panels and tapestries introducing the Small Light Campaign
Panels and tapestries were put up at each business office and showrooms of the Daigas Group in order to introduce the initiatives in the Small Light Campaign and further raise awareness.
Renewal of Small Light Campaign Heartful Boxes
We have redesigned used stamp collection boxes installed in workplaces of the Daigas Group. By introducing the activities of the Small Light Campaign and volunteer activities in which Group employees can participate on the side of the boxes, we aim to make the Small Light Campaign more familiar to employees and raise each employee’s mindset for social contribution.
The 40th anniversary commemorative magazine contains messages from people who have supported the Small Light Campaign.
(Staff members of the Central Community Chest on the right side of the photo)
A tapestry introducing the Small Light Campaign
A redesigned Small Light Campaign Heartful Box
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