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Labor Practices

Basic Philosophy

For the Nichirei Group, employees are regarded as irreplaceable, and so they are referred to as human assets rather than human resources, and the Group considers both employee and customer satisfaction to be of equal importance.
The Group operates on the premise of respecting work regulations in each domestic and overseas operating region and ensures appropriate working conditions. However, in addition to this, it also believes that it is important to strive to respect employees as individuals, create a workplace environment where all employees can be proud of their workplace and job, assist employees in developing their individual abilities, and provide equal opportunity for better work conditions and evaluations without discrimination. In addition, it also believes that respecting the diversity of individual values and attributes and allowing for a variety of work styles to bring out employees’ ambition and abilities plays an important role in employees improving their careers and expertise.
The Group is aware that improving the mental and physical health and safety of union members and employees, maintaining and improving employees’ will to work, and helping them improve their abilities contributes to strengthening its competitiveness as a company. This philosophy is established in the Group’s Fundamental Policies, and each Group company will work to create a vibrant and active workplace and achieve mutual prosperity alongside employees.

Workplace Improvement Policy
Enable Diverse Working Styles Provide working condition options Employees shall have a certain degree of freedom to choose their workplace and working hours, to suit personal circumstances. Systems to maintain these conditions are to be put in place.
Set up systems to prevent disruption of employee careers Systems are to be established to prevent employees’ careers from being disrupted or ended because of such circumstances as childbirth, childcare, nursing care, poor health, relocation of a spouse, or disease.
Prevent excessive working hours Through collaborative labor and management initiatives for workplace improvement, working hours shall be limited to levels that allow each employee to demonstrate their ability and perform satisfying work in good health.
Ensure Equal Opportunity Promote the advancement of female employees Female employees shall be given the same opportunities as their male peers and offered necessary training in recognition of their value to the Nichirei Group.
Provide stimulating employment opportunities for people with disabilities Job positions and employment opportunities for people with disabilities shall be created to allow them to earn a living through stimulating work, with a vision to ultimately eliminate the distinction between people with or without disabilities in society.
Create employment opportunities for older people As people live longer, healthy lives, opportunities shall be created to allow older people to play an active role in the workplace by drawing on their particular skills bearing in mind individual working styles and values.
Human Assets Committee
The Human Assets Committee, which promotes the increased job satisfaction-related part of the Nichirei Pledge, meets twice each year.
The Diversity Promotion Conference, under the Group Human Assets Committee, meets with labor and management twice a year to monitor measures undertaken at each Group company in relation to human rights, job satisfaction, the workstyle of each employee, support for active participation in the workforce by women, the employment of foreigners, workstyles that differ according to life stage and age, as well as the employment of and collaboration with, the disabled.
Human Assets Development
The president of each Nichirei Group operating company is responsible for building systems that develop optimal human assets for the Company.
These measures are reviewed annually, as required by the education and training policies of each operating company, while related plans and their results are monitored by the Group Human Assets Committee, which meets twice each year.
Level-Based Training
  • New employee training, first career training (1-3 years after joining the Company)
  • Management training
  • New officer seminars
Objective-Based Training
  • Facilitation training
  • Nursing care seminars
  • Career development programs for female employees
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Management System

Each Group company promotes efforts adapted for its individual businesses, however, the Group has also established the Group-wide Group Human Assets Committee and Diversity Promotion Conference and shares information about and confirms the progress with each company’s measures to continually enhance workplaces through these two councils. In addition, to respond to reports and consultations from employees regarding labor practices, the Group introduced an internal reporting and consultation system (Nichirei Hotline) in October 2003.
Between FY2014 and FY2019, there have been 19 cases involving consultation about human affairs or matters related to work conditions. With this in mind, the Group is striving for coordination between management and labor through cooperation with the labor union.

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Correction for long working hours and basic concept of working hours

Nichirei Group has established the “Nichirei Group Work Style Reform Policy”. One of the pillars is “Correction for long working hours”, and we aim to achieve appropriate working hours in which each employee is healthy, motivated, and can fully demonstrate their abilities through labor-management collaboration. As a specific measure, the Group conducts monitoring by holding a Group Labor-Management Council every other month from the viewpoint of legal compliance (observance of Article 36 and acquisition of more than 5 days off annually, etc.).
In addition, the Group has formulated the “Nichirei Group Working Hours Guidelines” and conducted e-learning for the purpose of disseminating the contents, thereby encouraging employees to correctly recognize working hours. In some cases of excessive working hours, we are working to reduce working hours and improve the annual leave rate.

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Work for Seniors

Lecture on frozen foods during a virtual factory tour

In 2002, the Nichirei Group set up the Senior Staff System to provide employment opportunities for employees on retirement. After reaching the retirement age of 60, those wishing to continue working may do so until the age of 65. At present, we employ more than 100 senior members of staff, whose experience and knowledge contribute to Group development.

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Impartial Hiring Opportunities

The Group releases recruiting essentials and all other information on its website, accepts a wide variety of applications, and impartially selects new graduates.

Group Total Number Hired (new graduates, experienced workers)
      FY2015 FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019
Number of new graduates hired   106 83 92 101 88
Breakdown Male 61 58 57 54 46
Female 45 25 35 47 42
Number of experienced workers hired   50 45 68 45 80
Breakdown Male 36 36 42 36 60
Female 14 9 26 9 20
Percentage of Non-company Employees
  FY2015 FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019
Number of company employees 3,635 3,628 3,755 3,780 3,782
Number of non-company employees 2,408 2,241 2,270 2,228 2,158
Percentage of non-company employees (%) 39.8 38.2 37.7 37.1 36.3
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Fundamental Policy on Human Resources

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Initiatives

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Safety Activities

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Health Supervisor

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Labor Practices

Basic Philosophy

For the Nichirei Group, employees are regarded as irreplaceable, and so t...

Continually Enhance our Workplaces
Labor Practices

Management System

Each Group company promotes efforts adapted for its individual businesses, ...

Continually Enhance our Workplaces
Labor Practices

Correction for long working hours and basic concept of working hours

Nichirei Group has established the “Nichirei Group Work Style Reform Policy...

Continually Enhance our Workplaces
Labor Practices

Work for Seniors

Lecture on frozen foods during a virtual factory tour In 2002, t...

Continually Enhance our Workplaces
Labor Practices

Impartial Hiring Opportunities

The Group releases recruiting essentials and all other information on its w...

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Human Rights

Basic Philosophy

The Nichirei Group is aware that, when it comes to operating a global busin...

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Human Rights

Management System

In addition, to respond to reports and consultations from employees regardi...

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Human Rights

Initiatives

In FY2019, there were no human rights incidents. We conducted study grou...

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Human Asset Cultivation and Diversity

Basic Philosophy

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Human Asset Cultivation and Diversity

Management System

Each Group company promotes efforts adapted for its individual businesses; ...

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Human Asset Cultivation and Diversity

Workstyle Diversity

In-House Childcare Facility Daycare children visit the workplace ...

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Human Asset Cultivation and Diversity

Operational Innovations

The Use of Robots Worksite employees engaged in RPA operation traini...

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Human Asset Cultivation and Diversity

Hiring People with Disabilities

The Group encourages the employment of people with disabilities, 30 of whom...

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Human Asset Cultivation and Diversity

Offering Employees Workplace Transfer Options

Nichirei Foods Inc. revised its personnel system during FY2016 and FY2017, ...

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Promote the Advancement of Female Employees

As part of its effort to promote the participation of women in the workplac...

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Human Asset Cultivation and Diversity

Career Declaration System

To improve job satisfaction, it is important to provide employees with role...

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Human Asset Cultivation and Diversity

Maternity Leave Return Rate

In FY2018, a total of 34 women throughout the Group took maternity leave, a...

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Human Asset Cultivation and Diversity

Gender Discrepancies in Salary

The Group decides salary based on position and job description and does not...

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Education and Training

■Main education and training   General employees Mana...