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
Working towards the realization of a society that is pleasant and comfortable to live in, at Tokyo Gas Group we work together with local communities to engage in a variety of activities that only we can do, including efforts to resolve issues related to our daily lives.
2. Purpose of Activities
We seek to contribute to the development of a sustainable society and, at the same time, to strengthen links with local communities and become a trusted and dependable company.
3. Areas for Activities
With safety, security, the environment, and enriching life and culture as our watchwords, we place a particular focus on working with communities to contribute to next generation youth's development.
- (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
Safe and Secure Ways of Life and Urban Development
We are working together with local communities to build disaster-resistant 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 2015, 7,720 customers visited these events and learned the skills and knowledge that they may need in the event of an earthquake.
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* classes, which teach people how to cook and eat greener.
- ✽"Eco-cooking" is a registered trademark of Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd.
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 overall, including city gas, and environmental issues that they can use in their own teaching plans. Fifty-seven such workshops were held in fiscal 2015, with 1,122 teachers taking part. We have also been sending Tokyo Gas employees into the schools to teach classes since 2002. As of the end of March 2016, 34,939 classes had been held with a total of 1,051,848 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 2015, the museum received 274,256 visitors.
Donguri (Acorn) Project at Nagano Tokyo Gas Forest
Nagano Tokyo Gas Forest opened in Miyota in Kitasaku-gun, Nagano Prefecture in 2005. Alongside its use for forest and biodiversity conservation activities, it is the venue for the Donguri (Acorn) Project.* This program of environmental educational activities for families consists of "schools" held three times a year (spring, summer, and autumn). Participants take part in hands-on learning about forestry, such as tree-planting, undergrowth clearing, and thinning, in our "forest development" program and engage all their senses in our outdoor nature education program. The idea behind the project is to have children take their forest knowledge and experiences back home to apply in making their everyday lives more environmentally friendly, and we work with environmental experts to make the activities as enjoyable and accessible as possible. Demand always exceeds the number of places available, and to date about 2,400 children have taken part. In fiscal 2015, only the spring school was held in view of the threat of an eruption at nearby of Mount Asama. Donguri (Acorn) Project environmental activities for families have also been held at the Gas Science Museum. These have included various programs for learning about forest ecology and climate change, and events showcasing the forest conservation work undertaken at Nagano Tokyo Gas Forest in the 10 years since its inception.
- ✽"Donguri (Acorn) Project" is a registered trademark of Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd.
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 by making donations to local governments in proportion to sales of our environmental products, and by involving group employees in environmental activities. In fiscal 2015, donations worth ¥1,950,000 were made to "green funds" in Tokyo, the prefectures of Kanagawa and Saitama, and the city of Inzai based on group sales of ENE-FARM and SOLAMO (14,308 units) during the previous fiscal year. In addition, in activities undertaken by group employees, 76 individuals planted 384 saplings at Umi-no-Mori ("Sea Forest") in Tokyo.
Tokyo Gas Environment Support Fund
The Tokyo Gas Environment Support Fund was established with a grant from Tokyo Gas to the Japan Environment Association to commemorate our reaching the 10 million customer milestone in fiscal 2007. Through the fund, we support non-profit, private-sector organizations engaged in ongoing environmental conservation activities. In fiscal 2016, we launched a new program called the Morikatsu Forest & Sea Support Program to strengthen our contribution to the fight against global warming by supporting activities conducive to the protection and nurturing of forests and seaweed beds that act as carbon sinks. So far 21 organizations have been selected to receive a total of ¥10 million in funding. They were chosen from a total of 32 applicants, and consist of two new "Morikatsu Forest and Sea Support" organizations (which have been allocated funds worth ¥1.95 million) and 19 organizations whose missions include promoting eco-friendly lifestyles and supporting environmental education (these will receive a total of ¥8.05 million in funding).
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.
Our cooking class program, which celebrated its centenary in 2013, offers a variety of classes tailored to different participants and needs. These include "Kids in the Kitchen,"* 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,"* 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,"* and 2015 marked the 20th anniversary of our unveiling of this concept. These classes drew more than 100,000 participants in fiscal 2015. We also train instructors to teach eco-cooking, training some 330 new instructors in fiscal 2015. Going forward, we will continue our efforts to enhance customers' lifestyles and eating habits.
- ✽"Kids in the Kitchen," "La Cucina Espressa," and "eco-cooking" are registered trademarks of Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd.
"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. The program's aim is to give youngsters the opportunity to learn through direct experience about fire, its benefits and how to handle it safely. It is also designed to develop their disaster survival skills and equip them to use fire to enrich their own lives. The program attracted some 3,100 participants in fiscal 2015.
Building a Cohesive Society by Supporting Sports for the disabled
Tokyo Gas Becomes a Tokyo 2020 Official Partner in the Gas & Gas Utility Services Category
In July 2015, Tokyo Gas was named an official partner of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games 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 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 hope to contribute to the success not only of the Olympic Games but also of the Paralympic Games, which -- in a first for the Olympic movement -- are being held for a second time in the same host city.
Initiatives to Support Para Sports
The Tokyo Gas Group has been involved in support activities as an official partner of the Japan Para-Sports Association (JPSA) since 2013 in order to help empower people with disabilities to participate in society and to build a more cohesive society.✽ In the process, we have sought to raise awareness and involvement in para sports by, for example, creating opportunities for employees and their families to experience para sports, watch para sports events, and meet competitors. We also sponsor athletes such as Tokyo Gas employee and swimmer Keiichi Kimura, who represented Japan at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. In conjunction with these activities, we are broadening our support activities to encompass our customers as well. These activities include staging para sports-related exhibitions at our facilities to increase visitor understanding, and raising donations for the JPSA through Tokyo Gas's online members' program. We aim to apply the insights gained through these support activities to offer better community development and lifestyle solutions, and in the future we will be looking into pursuing further support activities in partnership with other companies.
By 2020, we want the Tokyo Gas Group's employees to be a driving force in building a cohesive society whose members recognize and value one another, whether they have disabilities or not, by continuing to contribute to the steady development of the capital's appeal, the appeal of local communities, and general awareness of para sports.
- ✽A "cohesive society" is what the 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."
- Tokyo Gas is an official partner in the Gas & Gas Utility Services category of the Japanese Paralympic Committee.