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Continually Enhance our Workplaces

Occupational Safety and Health

Basic Philosophy

As company activities become more globalized, in Japan, with society continuing to age, employment and work styles undergoing significant change, and other factors, the structure of society is transforming greatly. Amidst all of these changes, it is necessary to create a safe and comfortable workplace environment that maintains employees’ physical and mental health so that each and every employee can feel satisfied and harness their abilities to the fullest extent possible. The Nichirei Group considers employees to be irreplaceable, and continually enhancing its workplace is one part of the Nichirei Pledge. Based on this philosophy, the Group is working alongside employees to create an active workplace environment that is safe and facilitates open communication.

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Management System

The Nichirei Group has established an Occupational Safety and Health Committee based on the Industrial Safety and Health Act and promotes safety and health management in an effort to prevent work-related accidents and manage employees’ health. At branch sites, the main issues are work time management related to extended work hours, no overtime days, and so on, and at food factories and refrigerated warehouses, the main issue is reducing work-related accidents. As such, the Group is working to make improvements to workplace environments that are adapted for each workplace. In addition, based on the idea that customer satisfaction (CS) and employee satisfaction (ES) are the two wheels of the “vehicle” of improvement, the Group perform periodic ES surveys at each company. The Group aims to improve employees’ ability to attain their work goals, and create employee-focused workplaces by moving through a plan-do-check-act (PDCA) cycle, comprising conducting surveys → giving feedback on survey results → identifying issues and assigning priorities and, finally → planning and executing solutions. Risks related to health and safety are discussed and promoted through the Group Health Promotion Liaison Committee, and the situation is monitored by the Group Human Resources Committee composed of directors. Regarding the planning and execution of measures, the Group is implementing a variety of solutions, such as having each company’s President and Human Resources representative gather for meetings of the Group Human Assets Committee (held twice a year) to share their progress, as well as applying effective measures to companies.
In addition, in fiscal 2015 (FY2016), the “Health Promotion Group” was established within the Human Resources Strategy & General Affairs to serve as the division in charge of overseeing health management. And in FY2017, the Group established the Nichirei Group Health Declaration and Group Health Management Standards. Along with spreading this declaration both inside and outside the company, the Group has instructed the top health promotion representative of its holding company and those responsible for and in charge of overseeing health promotion at each Group operating company to make progress with health management.
As a risk assessment for health and safety and health, we place emphasis on analysis of health check results. The contents of the analysis are described in the “Health White Paper” and published internally to provide education and initiatives related to health in line with employee health conditions, as well as to make the menu provided at the employee cafeteria healthier It is also utilized as.The goal of 100% health check-up rate, which we have been aiming for, was 99.3% in FY2017 and 99.8% in FY2018, achieving 100% in FY2019. (Coverage: Nichirei Health Insurance Association insured)

Occupational Safety and Health Committee Organization Chart

安全衛生委員会体制図

Number of Work-related Incidents at Food Factories
  FY2015 FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019
Incidents Requiring Time Off 18 21 17 34 34
Incidents Not Requiring Time Off 25 23 18 12 11
  • *Target: Employees of Nichirei Foods-operated factories and Nichirei Fresh domestic subsidiaries
  • *Includes contract employees, temporary employees, part-time employees, etc.
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Initiatives

The Group aims to enhance its workplace and create a workplace that focuses on employees and offers a high level of satisfaction. Please see below for details on efforts.

In March 2005, the Nichirei Foods Shiroishi factory in particular became the first member of the Group to receive JISHA-approved OSHMS (Occupational Safety and Health Management System) certification, and the 49th business establishment overall in the country. Occupational safety and health initiatives are making progress with the aim of improving safety standards.

We have also acquired OHSAS18001, an international standard for occupational safety and health, at one subsidiary in overseas. Acquisition base in FY2019: GFPT Nichirei (Thailand) Co., Ltd. The ratio of certified establishments is 0.6%.
※ OHSAS18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series)

Nichirei Logistics Group is making efforts to improve the safety and awareness of operating vehicles through workshops and skill competitions. In addition, training related to occupational safety and health has been conducted in new employee training and quality keyman training. In FY2019, 55 employees attended. We also conduct quality safety center training from time to time to improve employee awareness.

Promoting Employee Health

Based on our recognition that employee health is an important management issue for a company aiming for sustainable growth, in fiscal 2016 Nichirei established the Health Promotion Group as a dedicated health management section within the Human Resources Strategy & General Affairs.
In fiscal 2017, we formulated the Nichirei Group Health Declaration and Group Health Management Standards. In addition to disseminating the declaration both inside and outside the Company, we have appointed a holding company health promotion manager, as well as health promotion managers and representatives at each operating company. They promote health management within the Group.
Regular medical checkups, including X-ray screening for the early detection of TB, screening for cancer and thorough follow-up measures are led by occupational health staff.
We also implement health awareness activities and conduct stress checks as part of our health checkups. In addition, we engage in a variety of health promotion measures, including the Nichirei Health School, an employee health-support program that incorporates the use of Nichirei Foods’ Kikubari Gozen frozen health management meals.
For our small offices and overseas employees, we conduct remote interviews using ICT and smoking cessation support programs.
Because Nichirei Group is appreciated with these activity, it certified by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry for "The Certified Health and Productivity Management Organization Recognition Program under the large enterprise category 2019" (for the third consecutive year).

Nichirei Group Health Declaration

Cherishing the hope of
“Creating Savory Moments,”
as we state in our corporate
branding statement,
we are working to improve the
health of all our employees.

Basic policy
  • We will promote the creation of a vibrant workplace through labor–management collaboration, based on the idea that mental and physical health are the basis of meaningful work.
  • We will strive to create an environment in which each employee enhances their health awareness and proactively promotes health.
  • We will promote health management based on three pillars: health maintenance, mental health measures and health and safety management.
The Certified Health and Productivity Management Organization Recognition Program under the large enterprise category 2019 for the third consecutive year
Acquired top spot in DBJ Employees’ Health Management Rated Loan Program
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Safety Activities

Nichirei Foods designated “Three Pillars of Safety Activities” as essential measures for safety activities in food factories: safety patrols, near-miss activities, and abiding by the safety rules. For 2017, it implemented initiatives such as the following.
For safety patrols, it customized the patrol items for each factory and narrowed down the list to the most effective items based on input from those on-site. In addition, it focused patrols on early morning and late night shifts where not many managers are present, learning about problems areas and ideas from employees.
For near-miss activities, in addition to informing employees about near-miss reports and sharing them with everyone so as to raise employee awareness, it also re-established its evaluation criteria to prevent inconsistencies with the proposed near-miss evaluation method and changed the mechanism to reliably enforce prevention measures.
Further, regarding abiding by the safety rules, it worked to ensure that the rules were correctly and thoroughly known and understood, that they were always kept in mind, and that deviations from the rules were thoroughly prevented.

Nichirei Service Safety and Quality Training Center

Placing importance on quality, the environment and safety, the Nichirei Logistics Group has opened safety and quality training centers across Japan. These facilities enable logistics staff to acquire knowledge regarding safety and quality, as well as to develop skills and an appropriate mindset.
The core training content includes “reconfirmation of basic knowledge through classroom learning,” information about “dangerous experiences” and the “reconfirmation of basic forklift operations.” Videos and illustrations are used to enable students to develop an intuitive understanding of the topics.
All training programs and teaching materials are original and veteran employees with a wealth of knowledge and experience give lectures while providing hands-on experience as part of a systematic curriculum.
At logistics centers, heavy loads are carried using forklifts to enable cargo to be sorted in upper floors. We thus strive to improve occupational safety and quality by incorporating into the curriculum practical training to ensure that equipment is correctly used to prevent items from falling.

Nichirei Logistics Group conducts safety training in a new employee training program, and in FY2019, 27 employees participated in the training. We also provide training on occupational safety and health through training for key personnel of quality improvement, and in FY2019, 28 employees participated in the training.

Confirming the usefulness of “falling prevention
equipment” while suspended in midair
Specialized course for developing the skill of confirming safety
while driving a forklift using the “point and call out” method
Occupational Safety and Health Initiatives for Foreign Technical Interns

The Nichirei Group provides occupational safety- and health-related training for technical interns from abroad. We are doing this to prevent occupational accidents and facilitate health management for those unfamiliar with life in Japan, while at the same time helping the trainees improve their Japanese-language skills. Our goal is to create workplaces where all Nichirei Group employees can work safely and healthily with purpose.

Examples of Initiatives Conducted at Worksites
  • Posters displaying warnings and procedural instructions in various languages
  • Japanese language classes
A poster for Vietnamese employees
A poster for Japanese speech contest
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Health Supervisor

The Nichirei Group has 89 primary health supervisors and 11 secondary health supervisors for a total of 100 individuals who possess certification as health supervisors, who are engaged in working environment management and worker health management.

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Fundamental Policy on Human Resources

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Occupational Safety and Health

Basic Philosophy

As company activities become more globalized, in Japan, with society contin...

Continually Enhance our Workplaces
Occupational Safety and Health

Management System

The Nichirei Group has established an Occupational Safety and Health Commit...

Continually Enhance our Workplaces
Occupational Safety and Health

Initiatives

The Group aims to enhance its workplace and create a workplace that focuses...

Continually Enhance our Workplaces
Occupational Safety and Health

Safety Activities

Nichirei Foods designated “Three Pillars of Safety Activities” as essenti...

Continually Enhance our Workplaces
Occupational Safety and Health

Health Supervisor

The Nichirei Group has 89 primary health supervisors and 11 secondary healt...

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Labor Practices

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Labor Practices

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Human Rights

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Human Rights

Management System

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Human Rights

Initiatives

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Human Asset Cultivation and Diversity

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Workstyle Diversity

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Operational Innovations

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Career Declaration System

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Maternity Leave Return Rate

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Gender Discrepancies in Salary

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Education and Training

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