System for Raising AwarenessThe Tokyo Gas Group has set up the 16-member Central Human Rights Promotional Committee chaired by the chief compliance officer and consisting mainly of the general managers responsible for personnel matters in each department. The committee meets once a year for a central human rights promotional meeting to confirm the Group’s overall understanding of human rights issues, results of training, and action plans for raising awareness for the next fiscal year. Subcommittees called District Human Rights Promotional Meetings, chaired by the general managers responsible for personnel matters in each department, are established under the committee, and district secretariats and human rights promotion leaders organize human rights training and related activities in each workplace.
*Owing to forms of discrimination rooted in social structures that developed over the history of Japanese society, some segments of the Japanese population have been forced over the years to endure a lower status economically, socially and culturally and remain subject to various types of discrimination in their daily lives to this day.
Initiatives on Human Rights Due DiligenceThe Tokyo Gas Group strives to practice human rights due diligence in order to identify, prevent and mitigate human rights issues that arise along our value chain.
|Business partners||Monitor the status of response to human rights issues at business partners based on CSR surveys.|
|Customers||Monitor the status of personal information management.|
Consultation Desks for Human Rights IssuesConsultation desks have been established both inside the Company in the Compliance Department and outside the Company at a comprehensive consultation service to handle workplace issues on communication and compliance, including human rights. In fiscal 2017, we received 104 consultations, which were addressed appropriately depending on content. First and foremost, we seek to protect the person who
Tokyo Gas provides training for employees with the objective of creating a vibrant workplace. Through training we seek to understand the latest trends in human rights surrounding companies and to sharpen our sensitivity by learning about the significance of supply chain management as a social responsibility required of a global company as well as human rights issues, including the Dowa issue, harassment and communication in the workplace.
We have adopted a participatory approach in many of our training programs to encourage participants to develop a personal awareness of issues. For example, we compiled workplace situations that make employees uneasy from a human rights perspective. These case studies are used as learning material in our level-specific training. In addition, we try to make our training as realistic as possible by having participants take a personal interest in a case study and discuss it with each other.
Human Rights Awareness Training in FY2017*
|Type||Outline||Number of Participants|
|(1)Level-specific training||Four levels of training provided: upon entry to the company, during the third year, and during qualification promotions (two levels)||1,527|
|(2)Workplace workshops||Practical training on topics selected by each workplace||15,543|
(3)Training programs and follow-up for human rights promotion leaders
|First-time leader training (one year) and follow-up training for current leaders||353|
(4)Human rights presentation
|Presentations for middle management by outside speakers||350|
Respecting Human Rights throughout the Supply ChainAs part of our initiatives for respecting human rights throughout our supply chain in Japan and abroad, we present our suppliers with the Purchasing Guidelines for Suppliers and engage in management activities such as CSR surveys. With respect to the Tokyo Gas Group employees, we seek to ensure understanding of these guidelines and stringent adherence to Tokyo Gas Group Our Code of Conduct. Furthermore, we monitor the status of response to human rights issues by conducting surveys of suppliers.
Human Rights LecturesIn March 2018, we held a human rights lecture on workplace tips for creating an inclusive society alongside people with disabilities. The lecture was attended by 350 participants, including members of the Central Human Rights Promotional Committee and human resources staff of Tokyo Gas, human rights education staff at subsidiaries, managers and heads of general administration departments of LIFEVAL companies, managers of Tokyo Gas Merchandisers Organization (TOMOS) members, and human rights promotion leaders.
Initiatives for Human Rights WeekDuring Human Rights Week from December 4 to 10, we collect slogans for raising human rights awareness from employees and their families. In fiscal 2017, we received 11,317 entries, and posters of the best entries were displayed at each office.