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Continually Enhance our Workplaces

Human Asset Cultivation and Diversity

Basic Philosophy

The Nichirei Group, in order to fulfill its mission statement, is striving to continually enhance its workplaces as part of the CSR activities of its basic policy, the Nichirei Pledge. In addition, in “Corporate Philosophy: Start by Focusing on Employees,” the “prevention of discrimination based on gender, age, education, race, or religion, and the provision of equal opportunity” is established as one of its policies.

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Management System

Each Group company promotes efforts adapted for its individual businesses; however, Nichirei has also established the Group-wide Group Human Assets Committee and Diversity Promotion Conference. These councils share information about and confirm the progress with each company’s measures to continually enhance workplaces.
The Group Human Assets Committee holds a conference twice a year, and the subordinate Diversity Promotion Conference is held three times a year in collaboration with management and labor unions. The Diversity Promotion Conference reports the details of the meetings to the Group Human Assets Committee.
The Diversity Promotion Conference studies and oversees the measures taken by all companies, particularly initiatives related to respecting employees’ human rights, job satisfaction, and diverse work styles. The measures include promoting the equal participation of men and women as a company that supports women’s success in the workplace, employment of foreigners and other groups that demonstrates a global mindset, allowance for a diverse array of work styles suited to different life stages and ages, and employment of and cooperation with people with disabilities. The Group is working to continually enhance workplaces and raise awareness at Group companies through promoting the sharing of information, Group-wide application of effective measures, and other efforts. In addition, in FY2018, the Group established The Nichirei Group Workplace Improvement Policy, and is striving to enable diverse working styles, prevent excessive working hours, and ensure equal opportunities by FY2022.

Workstyle Reforms: Main Measures and Activity Progress
Policy Ideal State Priority Measure Main Activity
FY2018 FY2019 FY2020
Enable Diverse Style 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. Provide working condition options   ■ New in-house childcare facility Opened in the Tokyo head office building in April 2018 ■ Full-scale introduction of telework
All worksites except food factories and logistics offices
Systems are to be established to prevent employeesʼ careers from being disrupted or ended because of such circumstances as childbirth, childcare, nursing care, poor health, relocation of a spouse, or disease. Set up systems to prevent disruption of employee careers ■ Implementation of career development programs for female employees
Career training for 3 terms (3rd–5th terms)
Target: 32 people
■ Implementation of career development programs for women
Women's success event “Next Step for 2021” Target: 163 people

■ Nursing care seminar
Held four times, 115 participants
■ Introduction of comeback system Purpose: Ongoing career support for life events and growth
■ Leave system due to spouse transfer
Purpose: Examination and introduction of multi-career formation in collaboration with other companies

■ Nursing care seminars and nursing care handbook creation Conducted four times, 103 participants
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. Promotion of paid leave ■ New working hours management system introduction test
■ Implementation of overwork countermeasures through labor-management collaboration
■ 100% introduction of new working hours management system%
■ Guidance on long working hours through introduction of a working time management system
■ Implementation of measures against overwork through labor-management collaboration
■ Nichirei Group working hours guidelines formulated through labor-management
■ Introduced new expense settlement system
■ Five-day introduction of planned annual leave system
■ Implemented e-learning: Revised labor laws, working hours awareness Target: 5,101 employees participated
■ Implementation of measures against overwork through labor-management collaboration
Ensure Equal Opportunity In providing employees with equal opportunities and education, we support their development into a valuable force for the the Nichirei Group. Promote the advancement of female employees ■ Logistics Group: 3rd and 4th “Sakaseru Roji-Jo Forum
Target: 132 female employees (275 participants in total)

■ Nichirei Foods: LADY,GO UP!
Target: Female employees at the five food manufacturers (eight female Nichirei Foods employees)
Summary: Seminar for building external networks and career development
■ Logistics Group: 5th and 6th “Sakaseru Roji-Jo Forum
Target: 129 female employees (404 participants in total)
Theme: Work values and workplace for women

■ Nichirei Foods: LADY,GO UP!
Target: Female employees at the six food manufacturers (eight female Nichirei Foods employees)
Summary: Seminar for building external networks and career development
■ Logistics Group: 7th and 8th “Sakaseru Roji-Jo Forum
Target: 118 female employees (522 participants in total)

■ Nichirei Foods: LADY,GO UP! Target: Female employees at the six food manufacturers (eight female Nichirei Foods employees) Summary: Seminar for building external networks and career development
Diversity and inclusion ■ Nichirei Foods: Diversity Forum “SPIRAL UP”
Target: Deepen understanding of various work styles centered on the department and section managers at each of the five food manufacturers. 31 Nichirei Foods employees (21 men, 10 women)
■ Nichirei Foods: Diversity Forum “SPIRAL UP”
Deepen understanding of various work styles centered on the Department and Section managers at each of the six food manufacturers. 35 Nichirei Foods employees (26 men, nine women)
■ Nichirei Foods: Diversity Forum “SPIRAL UP”
Deepen understanding of various work styles centered on the Department and Section managers at each of the six food manufacturers. 60 Nichirei Foods employees (46 men, 14 women)
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. Provide stimulating employment opportunities for people with disabilities ■ Disabled employment rate: 2.5% (32 people with disabilities employed) ■ Disabled employment rate: 2.56% (30 people with disabilities employed) ■ Disabled employment rate: 2.75% (34 people with disabilities employed)
As the healthy life span of people becomes longer, we will create spaces enabling seniors to leverage their distinctive experience and play an active role reflecting their individual values and workstyles. Create employment opportunities for older people ■ 44 employees rehired after retirement (48 retirees) ■ 59 employees rehired after retirement (64 retirees) ■ 57 employees rehired after retirement (65 retirees)
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Workstyle Diversity

In-House Childcare Facility
Daycare children visit the workplace

In April 2018, Nichirei opened an in-house daycare center at its Head Office, located in the Tsukiji district of Tokyo’s Chuo Ward. This is one of the Group’s workstyle reforms, designed to enable the early return to work by those employees raising children and to support a work–life balance.
In an effort to assist members of the community, by helping alleviate the problem of long waiting lists at childcare facilities, we are also accepting a fixed number of local children at the daycare center.

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Operational Innovations

The Use of Robots
Worksite employees engaged in RPA operation training

The Nichirei Logistics Group is promoting the introduction of robotic process automation (RPA) to innovate office operations. RPA allows automation across applications through the use of computers even by those without programming knowledge; worksite employees have created and used original RPA scenarios on their own.
In FY2019, when full-scale deployment of the process began and the goal was to convert 10,000 hours of human labor to RPA each year, we actually converted 20,000 hours. In addition to resolving the problem of long working hours, the time freed up by automated operations allows for a shift in emphasis from office operations to resources; strengthens communications with worksites; and allows sufficient time for staff to meet with visitors, including business partners. In addition, the extra time available has made possible the creation of new added value operations and increased job satisfaction among all employees.
In FY2020, we aim to convert 180,000 hours of human labor into RPA and cultivate 100 more employees able to create RPA scenarios.

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Hiring People with Disabilities

The Group encourages the employment of people with disabilities, 34 of whom work at our special subsidiary, Nichirei Aura.
They are engaged in a wide range of operations, including the cleaning of the head office and food factories located at Group companies, as well as office interiors within our logistics centers and the maintenance of green spaces. The Group will continue to create comfortable working environments for individuals with disabilities.

Ratio of Employees with Disabilities
FY2020 2.75%
FY2019 2.56%
FY2018 2.50%
FY2017 2.62%
FY2016 2.64%
FY2015 2.36%
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Offering Employees Workplace Transfer Options

Nichirei Foods Inc. revised its personnel system during FY2016 and FY2017, in order to specify which employees are not subject to job transfers. Those who are unable to move to a distant location due to marriage, childcare, nursing, injury or sickness, or other personal reasons, or those who have worked more than a set amount of time, can remain at their desired workplace based on their individual career objectives regardless of reason, and can themselves decide whether they are eligible to be transferred. The revisions were instituted out of respect for the diverse circumstances and preferences of Nichirei Foods employees, and to create workplaces in which all members are motivated to work.

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Promote the Advancement of Female Employees

As part of its effort to promote the participation of women in the workplace, the Logistics Group held the eighth Sakaseru Roji-Jo Forum in January 2020. About seventy female employees from each region across the country gathered to learn about the background, current status and future prospects of efforts promoting women’s active participation in the workplace. For the first time, senior employees, including men, attended in 2019.
The forum acknowledged people’s values with regard to work, as well as the need to create networks among employees in each region through discussions regarding participant work values and the creation of workplaces where women can work in ways that best suite them.
In fiscal 2020, Nichirei Foods held seminars for female employees in collaboration with other food manufacturers. These seminars included SPIRAL UP!, a diversity forum aimed at building awareness and LADY, GO UP!, a seminar aimed at building external networks and career development.

Sakaseru Roji-Jo Forum
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Career Declaration System

To improve job satisfaction, it is important to provide employees with roles compatible with their career plans. The Group has introduced a Career Declaration System in which all employees assess their career and declare their future career objectives once a year. This information is taken into account when deciding transfers and assignments.

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Maternity Leave Return Rate

In FY2019, 43 employees of the entire group took childcare leave, 36 had returned to work and 7 were ongoing.(As of the end of September 2020)

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Gender Discrepancies in Salary

The Group decides salary based on position and job description and does not set differences based on gender. In addition, gender does not play a role in deciding promotions or salary increases.

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Education and Training

Main education and training
  General employees Managers Officers
Training by rank *New employees training
*1st to 3rd year employees follow-up training
*Mid-career employees training
*New managers training
*Next-generation executives training course
*Management training
*New officers seminar
*Media training
*Directors and executive officers training
*Management training
*Coaching training
Training by purpose *Facilitation training
*Career seminar for female employees
*Female leaders development program
*Coaching training
*Foreign Languages training
*Evaluators training
*Critical Thinking
*Marketing
*Accounting
Education time and number of participants
Training by rank and purpose Education time (cumulative total) Number of participants (cumulative total)
FY2018 45,649 1,379
FY2019 49,730 1,699
FY2020 47,190 1,596
Total 142,569 4,674

Human Asset Development

Each fiscal year, the Nichirei Group provides employees with a one-year educational program. It is devised by the Human Resources Committee in accordance with Group Education and Training Rules to support the career advancement of each employee.
In addition, to improve employees’ skills, we conduct e-learning courses focused on quality, safety, governance, and compliance for all employees in Japan using the Nichirei intranet.

Level-based training plan
Training plan Objective Target
Executive Coaching To stimulate better management decisions, improve organizational growth, and business performance. Changes in the thinking of executives is expected to have a ripple effect on employees, resulting in improved productivity. Executive officers
Next-generation Management Team Development Program To foster management capabilities, world-standard leadership, and decision-making criteria by cultivating ideas based on broad perspectives. General managers, department managers
Leader Training Creating true managers: Fostering human assets able to play a part in creating a strong and autonomous organization which discovers problems that need to be solved and creates its own solutions to become an organization that is relied on by businesses. Managerial staff
Evaluator Training To teach the principles of evaluation and deepen understanding of the purpose and significance of goal management and evaluation systems. New attendees (such as recent graduates, career hires, transferred employees)
Facilitation Training To understand such concepts as meeting preparation, meeting management, and follow-up, in order to conduct efficient meetings. All employees
Training for Newly Appointed Managers To elucidate the role of managers expected to lead the organization, and the viewpoints, perspectives and key behaviors required. Newly appointed managers
First Career Training To inculcate basic behaviors essential for human assets to produce results expected by the Company and supervisors. New hires, employees in their second and third years of employment
New Employee Training
  • To reorient the mindset from that of a student to that of an employee (teaches proactive behavior, disciplined behavior, and expected business etiquette)
  • To promote understanding of the Nichirei Group and a sense of belonging
New hires, employees in their second and third years of employment
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Continually Enhance our Workplaces
Fundamental Policy on Human Resources

Fundamental Policy on Human Resources

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Fundamental Policy on Human Resources

Rewarding work improving base policy

Fundamental Policies ■Workstyle Reforms: Main Measures and Acti...

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Occupational Safety and Health

Basic Philosophy

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

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Occupational Safety and Health

Management System

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

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Occupational Safety and Health

Initiatives

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

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Occupational Safety and Health

Safety Activities

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

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Occupational Safety and Health

Health Supervisor

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

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Labor Practices

Basic Philosophy

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

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Labor Practices

Management System

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

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Labor Practices

Correction for long working hours and basic concept of working hours

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

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Labor Practices

Work for Seniors

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

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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 FY2020, there were no human rights incidents. From FY2017 to FY2020, ...

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Human Asset Cultivation and Diversity

Basic Philosophy

The Nichirei Group, in order to fulfill its mission statement, is striving ...

Continually Enhance our Workplaces
Human Asset Cultivation and Diversity

Management System

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

Continually Enhance our Workplaces
Human Asset Cultivation and Diversity

Workstyle Diversity

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

Continually Enhance our Workplaces
Human Asset Cultivation and Diversity

Operational Innovations

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

Continually Enhance our Workplaces
Human Asset Cultivation and Diversity

Hiring People with Disabilities

The Group encourages the employment of people with disabilities, 34 of whom...

Continually Enhance our Workplaces
Human Asset Cultivation and Diversity

Offering Employees Workplace Transfer Options

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

Continually Enhance our Workplaces
Human Asset Cultivation and Diversity

Promote the Advancement of Female Employees

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

Continually Enhance our Workplaces
Human Asset Cultivation and Diversity

Career Declaration System

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

Continually Enhance our Workplaces
Human Asset Cultivation and Diversity

Maternity Leave Return Rate

In FY2019, 43 employees of the entire group took childcare leave, 36 had re...

Continually Enhance our Workplaces
Human Asset Cultivation and Diversity

Gender Discrepancies in Salary

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

Continually Enhance our Workplaces
Human Asset Cultivation and Diversity

Education and Training

■Main education and training   General employees Mana...