Tokyogasgroup csr report

Contribution to Local Communities

Social Action Programs through Our Main Line of Business

Concept of Social Action Programs

Tokyo Gas Group works together with local communities to implement activities based on the guidelines below for the purpose of creating a sustainable society.
 
1.Basic policy
At Tokyo Gas Group, we seek the attainment of a sustainable society where all people can live diverse, comfortable and fulfilling lives. To that end we will work together with local communities to resolve social issues as a company that people will continue to trust and make their first choice, engaging in those activities that Tokyo Gas Group is uniquely positioned to implement.
2. Three key fields
(1)Building communities and a way of life that is safe and secure
(2)Building a society and a way of life that is good for the environment
(3)Enriching our life and culture
Building communities and a way of life that is safe and secure/ Building a society and a way of life that is good for the environment/ Enriching our life and culture
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Building Communities and a Way of Life that is Safe and Secure

We are working together with local communities to build neighborhoods where people can live in safety and security.


Promoting earthquake countermeasures at local disaster prevention events

Our local branch offices and our corporate museums provide and share information on disaster countermeasures at disaster prevention events to enable us to coordinate smoothly with local authorities and communities during disasters.

For example, at one local training event for disaster prevention hosted by a local authority, we explained how to reset gas meters that have shut off during an earthquake with a seismic intensity of 5 or more. We also provided other useful information to enhance the safety and security of our customers in their daily lives.

Since 2006, we have further developed our own disaster prevention events for families with the aim of enhancing the disaster prevention capabilities of local communities. These "Iza! Kaeru Caravan!" events, as they are called, are organized jointly with Plus Arts (an NPO) and are held at our Gas Science Museum. In fiscal 2016, 7,218 customers visited these events and learned the skills and knowledge that they may need in the event of an earthquake.


Participants at a disaster prevention event
Participants at a disaster prevention event


Developing vibrant communities for the future
In April 2017, Fujisawa City, Tokyo Gas’s Kanagawa Nishi Service Branch, and Tokyo Gas LIFEVAL Shonan  signed a “GAS” agreement on a comprehensive partnership to contribute to regional revitalization.
Focusing on three themes—“Gourmet,” “Art,” and “Sports”—the three partners will work together on regional revitalization activities ranging from the environment to disaster preparedness and community development with the aim of making Fujisawa a city in which its residents can take pride.
In partnership with LIFEVAL Shonan, the Kanagawa Nishi Service Branch was already pursuing activities that contribute to the community in cooperation with Fujisawa City, including environmental and disaster prevention activities, support for para sports, cookery classes at Kitchen Land Shonan , and opportunities for gas exhibition visitors to try their hand at making woodblock prints.
Moving forward, the partners will collaborate and work together in an even wider range of fields to develop vibrant communities for the future.

From left to right: Mr. Noo (General Manager of Tokyo Gas’s Kanagawa Nishi Service Branch), Mr. Suzuki (Mayor of Fujisawa City), and Mr. Kosuge (President of Tokyo Gas LIFEVAL Shonan [Tokyo Gas Enework Co., Ltd. ])
From left to right: Mr. Noo (General Manager of Tokyo Gas’s Kanagawa Nishi Service Branch), Mr. Suzuki (Mayor of Fujisawa City), and Mr. Kosuge (President of Tokyo Gas LIFEVAL Shonan [Tokyo Gas Enework Co., Ltd. ])
DFF Inc., Corporate Social Responsibility Sect, General Administration Dept., Corporate Planning Dept., Resources & Global Business Division, Energy Solution Div, Power Buisiness Dept., Pipeline Network Division, IT Division, Residential Sales Div., Fundamental Technology Dept., Energy Solution Div, Environmental Affairs Dept., Purchasing Dept. , Health Insurance & Employees' Welfare Sect., Personnel Dept., Internal Audit Dept., Audit & Supervisory Board Member's Office, Compliance Dept., Regional Development Div., Finance Dept, TGES, TOKYO GAS COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

Building a Society and a Way of Life that is Good for the Environment

In order to contribute to the solution of global environmental problems as an energy company, we work to raise energy and environmental awareness and suggest all kinds of ways that people can save energy and protect the environment in their daily lives.


Suggesting eco-lifestyle tips

The Ultra Energy Saving Handbook produced by Tokyo Gas is full of simple ideas on how to save energy in everyday life and explains their impact. These useful tips are published on the Tokyo Gas website and publicized at various events.

We also help people lead environmentally friendlier lifestyles through programs such as our eco-cooking*1 classes, which teach people how to cook and eat greener.

*1 "Eco-cooking" is a registered trademark of Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd.

The Ultra Energy Saving Handbook
The Ultra Energy Saving Handbook

Contributing to the next generation with activities supporting school education
Children are our future, which is why we are committed to teaching them about the importance of energy and the environment and helping to cultivate the "zest for life" that is a goal of school education. We organize training workshops for teachers that incorporate tours of facilities and group work to provide them with information about energy in general (including city gas) and environmental issues that they can use in their own teaching plans. Fifty-two such workshops were held in fiscal 2016, with 895 teachers taking part. We have also been sending Tokyo Gas employees into schools to teach classes since 2002. As of the end of March 2017, 35,835 classes had been held with a total of 1,079,400 children attending. We provide a variety of other educational resources as well for both adults and children, such as our "Odoroki! Naruhodo! Gas World" educational website that makes learning about energy and the environment fun for both children and grownups alike while contributing to children's independent learning.
The Gas Science Museum makes learning about energy and the environment fun. It is used as a venue for out-of-school learning, and provides educational support by hosting school social studies trips and organizing workshops. In fiscal 2016, the museum received 272,031 visitors.

An energy and the environment class for fourth graders
An energy and the environment class for fourth graders


Donguri (Acorn) environmental education program for young people
The Donguri (Acorn) Project*2 is an environmental education program for young people that grew out of Donguri Arbor Festival, which was launched in 1993 to counter the decline of broadleaf forests. In 2005, we moved our conservation work to Nagano Tokyo Gas Forest in Miyota, Nagano Prefecture, and Donguri (Acorn) Project events began to be held there three or four times a year. By taking part in forest conservation work and experiencing a variety of outdoor programs that engage all five senses, participants learn about forest ecology and the part that forests play in our everyday lives. The hope is that these experiences will encourage them to lead more environmentally friendly lifestyles. This fiscal year, around 40 participants learned about the ecology of the semi-cultivated countryside near cities by taking part in a program of nature craft and forestry maintenance activities (such as clearing undergrowth) in the Sayama Hills in Saitama Prefecture.
*2 "Donguri (Acorn) Project" is a registered trademark of Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd.

 

Clearing undergrowth to learn about forest maintenanceClearing undergrowth to learn about forest maintenance
An educational day-out in the semi-cultivated countrysideAn educational day-out in the semi-cultivated countryside


The Tokyo Gas Tree Planting Project
Launched in fiscal 2013 to bring our environmental contributions closer to customers in their own communities, the Kininaru Project ("Tokyo Gas Tree Planting Project") supports public programs to enhance local green space both by making donations to local governments in proportion to sales of our environmental products, and by involving group employees in environmental activities.
In fiscal 2016, 46 group employees (including staff at Tokyo Gas) took part in an event held on November 20 in cooperation with the N PO Hanasakimura and the volunteer association Higashi Toyoda Ryokuyukai to promote tree growth by clearing undergrowth and thinning trees in the East Higashi Toyoda Conservation Area in Hino City, Tokyo.
The project will be incorporated into new environmental and social action activities from fiscal 2017 (to be announced at the end of May 2017), and is expected to be expanded to include donations to organizations other than local governments, such as NPOs and businesses, involved in the new activities.
 
Group employees and NPO members who took partGroup employees and NPO members who took part
Conservation work on a precious remnant of woodland in a residential areaConservation work on a precious remnant of woodland in a residential area

How the Tree Planting Project Works
How the Tree Planting Project Works


Tokyo Gas Environment Support Fund
The Tokyo Gas Environment Support Fund was launched to commemorate Tokyo Gas’s attainment of the 10 million customer milestone in fiscal 2007. The fund serves as a means by which Tokyo Gas donates funding to the Japan Environment Association so that the association can then provide grants to non-profit, private-sector organizations engaged in ongoing environmental conservation and the creation of a sustainable society.
The Tokyo Gas Environment Support Fund was intended from the outset to provide grants for a period of 10 years, and in fiscal 2016 a new program called the Morikatsu Forest & Sea Support Program was launched to support activities conducive to the protection and nurturing of forests and seaweed beds that act as carbon sinks. In fiscal 2017, the fund’s final year, a total of ¥10 million was  donated to 17 organizations selected from among 43 applicants. These consisted of 13 organizations promoting eco-friendly lifestyles and supporting environmental education (which received ¥7.00 million) and four "Morikatsu Forest and Sea Support" organizations (which were allocated funds worth ¥3.00 million).
Bringing eelgrass back to Sanbanze (Tokyo)Bringing eelgrass back to Sanbanze (Tokyo)
Planting and raising saplings in countryside harmed by the illegal excavation of sand (Chiba Prefecture)Planting and raising saplings in countryside harmed by the illegal excavation of sand (Chiba Prefecture)


Diverse partnerships
We are actively developing activities in partnership with government agencies, other firms, and outside organizations involved in environmental issues in order to raise environmental awareness in society as a whole.
The Eco-Kids Explorers Program run by a consortium of businesses in the Otemachi, Marunouchi, and Yurakucho districts of Tokyo is a fun, interactive program for learning about global warming, resource recycling, and other environmental issues through play.*3 Tokyo Gas has been involved in the program since fiscal 2014. In fiscal 2016, a workshop entitled “Energy Explorers, Your Mission Is to Investigate Gas!”  was held for parents and children to learn about energy, the environment, and disaster prevention through hands-on experiments and model making.
*3 Hosted by the Ecozzeria Association founded by a consortium of businesses in the Otemachi, Marunouchi, and Yurakucho districts of Tokyo.

Children learning about energy and the environment
Children learning about energy and the environment
DFF Inc., Corporate Social Responsibility Sect, General Administration Dept., Corporate Planning Dept., Resources & Global Business Division, Energy Solution Div, Power Buisiness Dept., Pipeline Network Division, IT Division, Residential Sales Div., Fundamental Technology Dept., Energy Solution Div, Environmental Affairs Dept., Purchasing Dept. , Health Insurance & Employees' Welfare Sect., Personnel Dept., Internal Audit Dept., Audit & Supervisory Board Member's Office, Compliance Dept., Regional Development Div., Finance Dept, TGES, TOKYO GAS COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

Enriching Our Life and Culture

We are offering a variety of programs that involve communities in promoting ways of using energy more efficiently to enhance life and tackle the challenges posed by the aging of Japan's population and the declining birthrate.


Cooking classes to promote the benefits of cooking with gas
As a company that supplies the energy needed to cook day in and day out, we actively promote activities to make full use of the benefits of a gas flame in everyday life.
Launched over a century ago in 1913, our cooking class program offers a variety of classes tailored to different participants and needs. These include "Kids in the Kitchen,"*1 which teaches children how to cook for themselves in an environmentally friendly manner and use all their five senses in the process, and "La Cucina Espressa,"*1 which shows how gas is uniquely suited to quickly cooking multiple dishes at one time. All of our cooking classes incorporate an environmentally conscious approach to eating habits that we call "eco-cooking."*1 These classes draw 80,000 participants per year. We also train instructors to teach eco-cooking, training 281 new instructors in fiscal 2016. Going forward, we will continue our efforts to help enhance customers' lifestyles and eating habits.
*1 "Kids in the Kitchen," "La Cucina Espressa," and "eco-cooking" are registered trademarks of Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd.
 
A cooking class using the latest model gas cooking stove
A cooking class using the latest model gas cooking stove


"HIIKU": Education about the power and benefits of fire
As part of our next-generation youth education activities, we have been working since 2012 to expand our participatory "HIIKU" fire education program for children of elementary school age and older. The program's aim is to give youngsters the opportunity to learn about fire and develop their ability to survive disasters and enrich their own lives by experiencing fire’s various benefits and how to handle it correctly. The program attracted 4,483 participants in fiscal 2016.
 
Learning the safe way to light a match
Learning the safe way to light a match
 

Creating a Cohesive Society by Supporting Sports

As a Tokyo 2020 Games Official Partner in the Gas & Gas Utility Services Category
Tokyo Gas is an official partner of Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 in the Gas & Gas Utility Services category. As a locally based company that has supplied the Tokyo metropolitan area with energy ever since our establishment in 1885, we are committed to helping make the Games safe and successful by stepping up a full range of measures to ensure the security of the energy infrastructure. We will be working hand in hand with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to design and deliver robust, cutting-edge energy services that add to the capital’s appeal. By improving and expanding support for sports for the disabled, we will contribute to the success not only of the Olympic Games but also of the Paralympic Games, which—for the first time ever—are being held for a second time in the same host city.

Tokyo 2020 Official Gas & Gas Utility Services Partner


Tokyo Gas’s mascot character.

 

Initiatives to Support Para Sports

Tokyo Gas Group has been helping to empower people with disabilities and build a more cohesive society*2 as an official partner of the Japan Para-Sports Association (JPSA) since 2013, and in fiscal 2016 we launched a scheme to train and appoint “para sports support leaders” capable of leading and supporting action in the workplace. We are developing a corporate culture that encourages involvement in activities to support para sports, for example, by creating opportunities for employees and their families to experience para sports themselves, watch para sports events, and meet competitors. By organizing para sports exhibitions at our facilities and providing the option to donate to the JPSA through Tokyo Gas’s online members’ program, we are also broadening our support activities to embrace our customers as well. Looking ahead, we are exploring support activities undertaken in partnership with other firms and ways to work with local authorities to contribute to children and young people’s education. One activity currently being considered as part of the Tokyo 2020 Official Programme is an extracurricular program of participatory events that will enable elementary schoolchildren  to experience para sports for themselves. This will be held at Shin-Toyosu Brillia Running Stadium, which is co-run by Tokyo Gas Site Development.
*2  A “cohesive society” is what the Japanese government’s Cabinet Office proposes to achieve through a range of policies designed to create a society whose members “develop as rounded, humane individuals equipped with all the skills necessary to contribute as full-fledged members of society” and that “nurtures and supports children and young people and enables everyone to live safely and securely, regardless of age or disability.”

 

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an extracurricular program of participatory events to experience para sports



2016 Para Sports Festival
The 2016 Para Sports Festival in Shinjuku Park Tower was held as a Tokyo 2020 Official Programme in November 2016 with the backing of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Shinjuku City, Shinjuku City Board of Education, and JPSA. The events included a wheelchair basketball competition (in which Tokyo Gas Group employees also took part), opportunities to play boccia (a Paralympic ball sport similar to bowls), and a panel discussion featuring Paralympians. The event was made as accessible as possible, including producing some of the leaflets and display panels in Braille, catering to wheelchair users by, for example, lowering the height of the exhibits, and providing sign language interpretation for the panel discussion.The festival drew more than 1,100 visitors, including local elementary schoolchildren and government workers, and people working at Shinjuku Park Tower.

2016 Para Sports Festival


Tokyo Gas Group will continue to engage in a range of activities to support para sports and contribute to the development of a more cohesive society in which we all recognize one another for what we are, regardless of whether or not we have a disability.
 
Interview with a Tokyo Gas athlete
Keiichi Kimura Para-swimmer
Keiichi Kimura
Para-swimmer
I have devoted myself to training as an athlete at Tokyo Gas to achieve my dream of winning a Paralympic gold medal.
Interest in the Paralympic Games seemed to be even higher in Rio 2016 than in London 2012 four years earlier. A program of events in the company boosted the anticipation, and I began to think about what I too could do. Presently, I am taking part in talks and other events (insofar as this does not interfere with my daily training) in the lead up to Tokyo 2020 Games.The staging of the Paralympic Games in Tokyo offers an unparalleled opportunity, and I urge everyone to go and see them.
I will continue to do my bit to make the public more aware of the appeal of Paralympic sports and create opportunities to bring people with and without disabilities together through Paralympic sports.
Tokyo Gas is an official partner of the Japanese Paralympic Committee in the Gas & Gas Utility Services category.

 
Keiichi Kimura representing Japan in swimming at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Photo by Kazuji Shimizu.
Profile
 
Place of birth: Shiga Prefecture Date of birth: September 1990
Keiichi lost his sight at the age of two due to illness. He began swimming in fourth grade and emerged as a major swimming talent after moving to Tokyo and joining the swimming club at the University of Tsukuba’s School for the Blind (now called the Special Needs School for the Visually Impaired).

Career highlights to date (S11/SB11/SM visual impairment classes)
2008 Competed at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.
2012 Won silver in the 100 m breaststroke and bronze in the 100 m butterfly at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Set a world record for the 200 m butterfly at the German Open.
(Chosen as flag bearer for the Japanese team at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.)
2015 Won gold in the 100 m breaststroke and 100 m butterfly, silver in the 50 m freestyle, and bronze in the 200 m individual medley at the IPC Swimming World Championships.
2016 Won silver in the 50 m freestyle, bronze in the 100 m breaststroke, silver in the 100 m butterfly, and bronze in the 100 m freestyle, and placed fourth in the 200 m individual medley at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
 
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Support for employees’ volunteer activities

The Group offers employees opportunities to engage in volunteer activities in which they work alongside local communities in tackling social issues.


Disaster recovery efforts: earthquake relief volunteers
Since June 2011, 1,540 employees and their families have visited areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake 40 times to provide support tailored to local needs.
In fiscal 2016, volunteers took part in volunteer activities to support the restoration of farmland in Higashi-Matsushima City, Miyagi, and the Fukushima Organic Cotton Project (“Cotton Project”) in Iwaki City, Fukushima. The purpose of the Cotton Project is to reclaim the large swathes of farmland abandoned in the wake of the 2011 earthquake to grow salt-tolerant cotton, which is harvested, turned into products, and sold.
In April 2017, 280 new employees at Tokyo Gas visited Iwaki to help reclaim farmland for the project as part of their training.

Restoring farmland
Restoring farmland​​​​​​​
DFF Inc., Corporate Social Responsibility Sect, General Administration Dept., Corporate Planning Dept., Resources & Global Business Division, Energy Solution Div, Power Buisiness Dept., Pipeline Network Division, IT Division, Residential Sales Div., Fundamental Technology Dept., Energy Solution Div, Environmental Affairs Dept., Purchasing Dept. , Health Insurance & Employees' Welfare Sect., Personnel Dept., Internal Audit Dept., Audit & Supervisory Board Member's Office, Compliance Dept., Regional Development Div., Finance Dept, TGES, TOKYO GAS COMMUNICATIONS, INC.