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Health Management

Basic Approach

Ensuring each employee is healthy in both mind and body, and can fully demonstrate their individuality and skills, is linked to the sustainable development of the company. Together with employees and our Health Insurance Association, the Maruha Nichiro Group is advancing activities to put health management into practice.

Health Management Policy

Health Management Policy

Medium-term Sustainability Management Plan (FY2018–2021)

Promote Health Management

Medium-term Goal
  • Promote employee health
  • Be selected for Health and Productivity Management
FY2020

Action Plan (Key measures)

  • Strengthen health check follow-up measures
  • Strengthen mental health measures
  • Hold better health and cancer prevention seminars

Achievements

  • Enhanced prevention of serious illness through proac-tive care of employees with high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and impaired liver function
  • Held individual interviews with a clinical psychologist for all new FY2020 employees
  • Organized a two-month corporate event for employees to improve their dietary habits by utilizing our products
FY2021

Action Plan (Key measures)

  • Achieve 100% health checkup participation rate and 90% stress checkup participation rate
  • Continue activities to reduce the number of employees who leave the company due to personal illness by providing care for those with high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and impaired liver function through the involvement of industrial physicians and consultation with public health nurses
  • Conduct individual interviews with FY2021 new employees
  • Enhance health literacy through apps, intranet, and corporate events
Targets

Maruha Nichiro Corporation

Department in charge

Personnel Department, Maruha Nichiro Corporation

Health Issues and Goals

In this expert organization, Maruha Nichiro Corporation health issues are organized according to our health management framework, and goals are arranged as follows.

Health management framework

Health management framework

Target

1. High risk approach
- Reduce the number of untreated patients requiring treatment and deaths while employed to zero through thorough individual guidance.
- Implement interviews with clinical psychologist for 100% of new hires as a precautionary measure.

2. Population approach
- Conduct seminars for employees at least twice a year to improve health literacy and foster health consciousness
- Reduce blood lipids by 50% or more in participants of activities (like the DHA challenge) aimed at preventing lifestyle diseases and dietary guidance

Management Structure

Maruha Nichiro Corporation has established an expert organization supervised by our Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer and comprising the Maruha Nichiro Health Insurance Association, the Personnel Department, and the Maruha Nichiro Health Management Office (industrial doctors, public health nurses, clinical psychologists, and nursing unit clerks), which holds a regular meeting once a month.

Chart of Health Management Promotion Framework (Maruha Nichiro Corporation)
Chart of Health Management Promotion Framework (Maruha Nichiro Corporation)

In addition, we explain the significance of activities and share case studies at meetings of group labor managers, in an attempt to promote health management throughout the entire Maruha Nichiro Group.

Main Initiatives in FY2020

Case Study: Health Checks and Follow-up Measures

At Maruha Nichiro Corporation, we target a 100% uptake rate of employee health checks and we are working to improve results in follow-up after health checks by utilizing the individualized advice of public health nurses. As a result, we have been able to see improvement in various health indicators.

Case Study: Imple mentation of Stress Checkup and Analysis

Stress Checkup Implementation Status

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Imple mentation of Stress Checkup and Analysis

In accordance with stress checkups becoming compulsory from December 2015, Maruha Nichiro Corporation began conducting stress checkups at all of our workplaces from FY2016. Going forward, our goal is to achieve a 100% examination rate, in order to quickly attend to those in poor mental health and those at risk, as well as help to improve the workplace environment. Moreover, we plan to strengthen workplace improvement follow-ups based on data analysis.

Case Study: Implement Interviews with Clinical Psychologist as a Precautionary Measure for New Employees

Maruha Nichiro Corporation requires all new employees, including at our plants and branch offices, to conduct individual meetings with our company clinical psychologists, in hopes that they acquire basic knowledge and prevention methods to avoid falling into poor mental health. In FY2020, we conducted such interviews for 80 new employees.

Case Study: Improving Employee Health Literacy

At Maruha Nichiro Corporation, we work to promote employee health through various seminars that aim to improve employee health literacy. In FY2020, over the course of about one month, we held the following five events collectively referred to as “Woman’s Fest” with a focus on illnesses unique to women with the goal of further promoting health management and stepping up our support for women’s health.

(1) Introduction of health support app for women
(2) Exercise lessons streamed online
(3) Roundtable discussion by public health nurses and clinical psychologists
(4) Equol seminar
(5) Bone density measurements

A total of 140 male and female employees participated with the event formats tailored to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a survey conducted after the events, over half of the participants reported that they had deepened their knowledge of women’s health issues, communicated with public health nurse and clinical psychologist, and increased their awareness toward improving their diet. As a result, more than 90% of participants responded that they would like to participate again in the future.

In addition, to lower the percentage of employees who smoke, in 2019 we launched a Smoking Cessation Program that provides free support to employees utilizing online interviews and an app to help them quit smoking. As a result, the smoking rate among employees has declined.

Furthermore, using a health promotion app, we are encouraging employees to exercise through regular streaming of instructional videos. This initiative has resulted in increased exercise among employees in FY2020.

Trends in employee smoking rate

Trends in employee smoking rate

Trends in exercising at least 30 minutes

Trends in exercising at least 30 minutes

Case Study: Efforts to Promote Health Management Using Our Products

We aim to promote the health of our employees using our own products that have been developed and provided by the Maruha Nichiro Group to help promote customer health maintenance. Continuing on from FY2019, in FY2020 we conducted the “DHA Challenge,” in which employees ate DHA fortified fish sausage certified for “Food for Specified Health Uses” and canned pelagic fish, and were tested for changes in their levels of neutral fat and total cholesterol. As a result, the number of participants increased by more than 50% from the previous year to more than 100 employees.

Employees who participated, experienced a reduction in blood lipids, and their neutral fat levels in particular were 19% lower on average than the year before.

Through measures such as these, we are attempting to deepen employee understanding of our products as well as promote employee health.

External Recognition of Our Activities toward Health Management

Case Study: Outstanding Health and Productivity Management Organization (White 500) Certification

Corporation established the Maruha Nichiro Health Management Office in 2014 as an expert organization dedicated to providing comprehensive health management. The office joins with the Maruha Nichiro Health Insurance Association to offer various programs to maintain and improve the physical and mental health of employees. We seek to increase understanding of mental health issues among employees through internal training led by clinical psychologists, and efforts toward health guidance provided primarily by industrial doctors and public health nurses. These activities have earned us selection as an Outstanding Health and Productivity Management Organization (White 500) in the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry for four straight years since 2018.

White 500

Case Study: Acquisition of Highest DBJ Health Management Rating

The Development Bank of Japan (DBJ) recognized Maruha Nichiro Corporation as “exceptional efforts to support the health of employees” and granted the company a loan based on its health management assessment rating in October 2020. The DBJ Employee Health Management Rated Loan Program is the world's first loan menu that grants special lending conditions for companies assessed and selected for having outstanding management of employee health and welfare. The DBJ commended the Company's disclosure of its Health Management Declaration, the transparency of its organizational structure, and the use of DHA to support and promote the health of its employees. As a result, we have obtained the highest rating level for three consecutive years.

DBJ Health Management Rating

Efforts to Promote Health Management Using Our Products

We aim to promote the health of our employees using our own products that have been developed and provided by the Maruha Nichiro Group to help promote customer health maintenance. In FY2019 we conducted the “DHA Challenge,” in which employees ate DHA fortified (fish sausage) certified for “Food for Specified Health Uses” and canned pelagic fish, and were tested for changes in their levels of neutral fat and total cholesterol. As a result, close to 50% of employees who participated experienced a reduction in blood lipids, and their neutral fat levels in particular were 15% lower on average than the year before. Through measures such as these, we are attempting to deepen employee understanding of our products as well as promote employee health.

Looking Ahead

We Carried Out the Following Initiatives in FY2020.

- Enhanced prevention of serious illness through proactive care of employees with high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and impaired liver function
- Improved health awareness of employees using a health app
- Held individual interviews with a clinical psychologist for all new FY2020 employees
- Organized a two-month corporate event for employees to improve their dietary habits by utilizing our products
- Implemented free smoking cessation program organized by our Health Insurance Association

In FY2021, We Plan to Practice Health Management Using the Following.

Initiatives with the aim of helping employees achieve healthy lifestyles.
- Through the involvement of industrial physicians and consultation with public health nurses, we continue to care of those with high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and low liver function, and to continue efforts to reduce the number of employees who leave the company due to personal illness.
- Promote collaborative health through cooperation with our Health Insurance Association
- Implement mental health care related to COVID-19
- Conduct individual interviews with FY2021 new employees
- Enhance health literacy through apps, intranet, and corporate events