Better Workplaces

Basic Approach

In the Maruha Nichiro Group's broad-ranging supply chain, human resources are active at a variety of sites, including fishing, aquaculture, processing, storage and logistics, and sales bases. We recognize that ensuring the health and safety of our employees leads to increased productivity and greater employee awareness, which is essential for sustainable corporate growth, and we are working to maintain and promote occupational health and safety.

Medium-term Sustainability Management Plan (FY2018–2021)

Promote safe and ideal working conditions

Medium-term Goal

Maintain/promote safe working conditions—fewer work hours and eliminate harassment in the workplace


Action Plan (Key measures)

  • Hold seminars for management
  • Reduce overtime work


  • Conducted e-learning pro-grams for all employees at the head office and regional branches, and created video content for the Group
  • Enforced warnings for over-time work, etc. in accordance with established standards

Action Plan (Key measures)

  • Continue holding workshops on time management and harassment
  • Continue to enhance manage-ment systems through system upgrades and build systems with a view to introducing special provisions

Maruha Nichiro Corporation

Department in charge

Personnel Department, Maruha Nichiro Corporation

Management Structure

Occupational Health and Safety Management Structure

At Maruha Nichiro Corporation, plants that had obtained OHSAS 18001* certification are switching to ISO 45001. In 2019, eight directly managed plants and the Foods & Fine Chemicals Department acquired ISO 45001 certification.

*OHSAS: An abbreviation of Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series, which is an international standard related to occupational health and safety management.

Occurrence of Work-related Accidents

As products developed in recent years have become more complex and diverse, correspondingly, the nature of work-related accidents is becoming more complicated. The Maruha Nichiro Group is working to reduce the number of work-related accidents by sharing information on work-related accidents that have occurred within the Group.

The occurrence of work-related accidents within the Maruha Nichiro Group in FY2020 is as follows.

Maruha Nichiro Group Occurrence of Work-related Accidents (Maruha Nichiro Corporation + 26 primary Group Companies)

Frequency rate 2.04
Severity rate 0.02

[Calculation formula]
Frequency rate= number of injuries/fatalities due to work ÷ number of working hours × 1,000,000
Severity rate = number of workdays lost ÷ number of working hours × 1,000

Maruha Nichiro Group (The following companies are subject to audit in Japan: AIXIA, Maruha Nichiro Retail Service, Kanonji Kaisan, Kyushu Uoichi, Kyushu Chuo Uoichi, Koyo Suisan, Sungourmet Corporation, Shinko Gyorui, Daikyo Gyorui, Daitoh Gyorui, Daito Gyorui, Taiyo A&F, Taiyo Shokuhin, Central Surimi Laboratory, Maruha Nichiro Yamagata, Delica Wave (Shonan plant, Niigata plant, Nagano plant), Japan Mouton, Maruha Nichiro Seafoods, Nichiro Chikusan, Nihon Silo, Maruha Nichiro Asset, Maruha Nichiro Kitanippon, Maruha Nichiro Kyushu, Maruha Nichiro Logistics, Yayoi Sunfoods, Ryukyu Taiyo, Maruha Nichiro (headquarters/branches, Meat and Products Department No.1 Tokachi, Central Research Institute, Development Ota, directly managed plants, Foods & Fine Chemicals Department [Mori, Utsunomiya])

Preventing Long Working Hours and Harassment

To prevent long working hours, the Maruha Nichiro Group has established Occupational Health and Safety committees in each office based on work regulations and labor agreements, which take measures such as ascertaining the true state of overtime work and reviewing problems within the workplace. In addition, a flextime system is adopted in all departments and divisions of the head office and regional branches of Maruha Nichiro Corporation, in striving to prevent long working hours and advance flexible ways of working. To prevent harassment, we have established a whistleblowing system and a harassment consultation desk, and are conducting various educational activities, including seminars for managers, and produced an educational video on harassment for employees that can be accessed online. We will continue working to understand the work environment in all situations, and plan and execute measures related to promoting safe and ideal working conditions.

Organizing Labor Manager Meetings

The Maruha Nichiro Group considers "promoting safe and ideal working conditions" to be an important issue, and continuously holds labor manager meetings. These meetings are councils of labor managers from our Group Companies which are held periodically every year. The meeting attendees discuss how to handle revisions in laws and judicial precedents related to labor, such as practical implementation of equal pay for equal work, and share information related to labor within the Group.

Looking Ahead

In FY2020, meetings were held virtually instead of in person. We will continue to hold discussions and share information related to promoting safe and ideal working conditions.