Health

The Nisshinbo Group's Contributions to the SDGs

The Nisshinbo Group will contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through activities to improve the health of employees. Key performance indicators (KPIs) are managed and systematically implemented to achieve the Group's sustainability targets of promoting healthy management.

Core SDGs Goals and Targets and the activities of the Nisshinbo Group

The Nisshinbo Group considers SDG 3.4 as a core target, and is promoting the health of its employees on that basis. The Nisshinbo Group Health Management Policy is presented to all Group companies, and consistent activities are carried out throughout the Group while taking advantage of the unique characteristics of each operating company.

  • 3. Good Health and Well-Being

    Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

  • Targets: 3.4

    By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being.

Nisshinbo Group Health Management Policy

Nisshinbo Group, through the establishment of an environment where each individual member can play an active role by promoting employee’s health and sound workplace, aims to be a corporate group which is indispensable, at any time, for our society.

Promoting Health Management Group-wide

In order to promote health management group-wide, in fiscal 2018, Nisshinbo Group launched Group Health Management Department Meetings (consisting of representatives from the health management departments of each Group company) and has been promoting unified group-wide activities.

Specifically, we are promoting activities with the following three items as the three pillars.

  • ①From the perspective of individual health, we are working to improve life habits based on medical interview data from medical examination.
  • ②From the perspective of organizational health, we are working to reduce general health risks by promoting workplace improvement activities based on the workplace analysis results of stress checks.
  • ③We ensure safety obligations are executed without fail, given the diversification of work content and employment type and an increase in personnel exchanges as a result of business reorganizations and organizational reforms.

Framework of Health Management Measures

Framework of Health Management Measures

Activities of companies in Japan in fiscal 2021 are shown below.

  • ① Smoking prevalence is the result of a reduction in the time available to smoke and a reduction in smoking areas, and the ratio of people with exercise habits is the result of the promotion of participation in walking events and lectures by industrial physicians on exercise.
  • ② Maintain the overall health risk value of stress checks below an average of 100 and decrease the number of companies with scores more than 100.
  • ③ Regarding the reliable implementation of safety duties, the company decided to prepare a health management report from the guidelines for working and the health examination items of the Safety and Safety Law from fiscal year 2022.

In recognition of these efforts, eight companies, namely Nisshinbo Holdings Inc., Japan Radio Co., Ltd., Nagano Japan Radio Co., Ltd., Nisshinbo Micro Devices Inc., Nisshinbo Brake Inc., Nisshinbo Mechatronics Inc., Nisshinbo Chemical Inc., and Nisshinbo Textile Inc., were certified in the large corporate sector under the Certified Health and Productivity Management Organization Recognition Program, which is designed by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and selected by the Japan Health Council. Three companies, namely Nagano Japan Radio Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Nisshinbo Micro Devices AT Co.,Ltd. and Nisshinbo Micro Devices Fukuoka Co.,Ltd. were certified under the Certified Health and Productivity Management Organization Recognition Program 2022.

The 2022 Certified Health & Productivity Management Outstanding: Large Corporate Sector
The 2022 Certified Health & Productivity Management Outstanding: Large Corporate Sector
The 2022 Certified Health & Productivity Management Outstanding: Small and medium-sized corporations
The 2022 Certified Health & Productivity Management Outstanding: Small and medium-sized corporations

In fiscal year 2022, The Nisshinbo Group will promote various activities based on the concept of promoting health management measures as a foundation for protecting the health of the workplace and employees and increasing productivity in the face of major environmental changes, such as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Regarding ①, we will strive to "reduce smoking rate", "increase the percentage of people with exercise habits", and "increase the percentage of people who get sufficient sleep." Regarding ②, the Group will work to visualize the activation of organizations using engagement (organizational strengths). In addition, the Group will formulate indicators to promote improvement by comprehensively grasping mental and physical health as an initiative that transcends ① and ②. With regard to the diseases identified in ③, the Group will continue our efforts to prevent infections in the workplace and to prevent such diseases from becoming more severe, as measures to counteract COVID-19.

With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, maintaining and enhancing health is becoming a more pressing issue than ever. Nisshinbo Holdings Inc. posts information on diet, exercise and mental well-being on its intranet, in an article entitled "Maintaining a Healthy Body That Can Resist COVID-19" and "Health Newsletter."

Going forward, working together as a Group, we will continue to implement proactive measures to enable employees to perform their best, backed by sound physical and mental health.

Maintaining a Healthy Body That Can Resist COVID-19
Maintaining a Healthy Body That Can Resist COVID-19
Health Newsletter
Health Newsletter

Examples of the Nisshinbo Group Activities

Implementation of pandemic corona vaccination workplace vaccination

Nisshinbo Holdings Inc. implemented a pandemic corona vaccine workplace vaccination program at the head office between July and September 2021.

The subjects were employees of the Nisshinbo Group, who worked in the suburbs of Tokyo, and a total of 1916 persons received two doses. Medical staff at medical checkups contracted with the Nisshinbo Group, primarily industrial physicians at Nisshinbo Holdings were in charge, and the general affairs and human resources departments of Nisshinbo Holdings Inc. and Japan Radio Co., Ltd., responded. Approximately 220 vaccinations were planned per day, and staff members received the vaccinations as planned because they were able to hold meetings before and after the vaccinations. Personnel were able to take steps in response to repeated improvements and to complete the vaccinations without any major problems.

Nisshinbo Holdings also implemented a booster vaccination program (the third dose) from February to April 2022. This vaccination was also administered by industrial physicians at Japan Radio, and 1778 persons were vaccinated by the same staff at the previous time.

Promotion of health management
Workplace Vaccination Venues

Promotion of health management

In October 2021, Nagano Japan Radio Co., Ltd., established the Nagano JRC Group Health Management Policy to promote health management. Promoting personal health and organizational health as the pillars of health management among the employees who support corporate growth is expected to invigorate the organization and improve productivity, thereby increasing corporate value.

The internal seminars held in fiscal year 2021 to promote health consisted of a smoking cessation seminar (October), a walking course to prevent lifestyle-related diseases (November), and a relaxation course to improve mental health (November). The invited lecturers received guidance from the Nagano Prefectural Team for Health Promotion. Participants commented that they were able to actually move their bodies and realize the effects through the walking and relaxation courses

An application to the 2022 (Large Corporate Sector) certification system for good health management was also submitted, and the management program was certified on March 9, 2022. At the time of the application, issues related to health management became clear, so that Nagano Japan Radio will improve the level of health management by promoting prioritized initiatives in the future.

Relaxation course
Relaxation course

Implementation of pandemic corona vaccination workplace vaccination

Nagano Japan Radio Co., Ltd. implemented a pandemic corona vaccine workplace vaccination program at the head office between September and October 2021. With regard to workplace vaccinations, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare called for a reduction in the local burden and acceleration of vaccinations. Therefore, the decision was made to implement this program to ensure the safety of employees.

A total of 1740 employees at Nagano Japan Radio group companies and Japan Radio Co., Ltd., Nagano plant, received two doses of the vaccine. Nagano Japan Radio Co., Ltd. industrial medical personnel took charge of the inoculations, and the general administration and personnel departments of Nagano Japan Radio group companies and Japan Radio Co., Ltd., Nagano plant, responded by managing the inoculations. Approximately 250 vaccinations were planned per day, so staff were able to respond to each improvement and administer the vaccine as planned, and employees received the vaccinations without major problems.

In June 2022, the company has already applied to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare for a third workplace vaccination.

Food Education Seminars

In July and December 2021, the Yashiro plant of Nisshinbo Micro Devices Inc. conducted a food education seminar on the topic of "Review, Japanese Food and Food for Healthy Eating."

Recently, efforts have been made to pursue appropriate dietary habits through the establishment of the Food Education Basic Law. Food is the cornerstone of a healthy, rich life for humans. Twenty people participated each time in the Japanese Food for Healthy Eating program, and participants received training from the dietitians of Japan Wellness Co., Ltd. While eating Japanese meals at venues and taking into account measures against new coronavirus infectious diseases, participants learned about dietary nutritional balance and Japanese meal recipes that can be made at home.

Participants commented that they gained knowledge that could be used at home. In the future, Nisshinbo Micro Devices will continue to support employees to ensure healthy and rich lives.

Lectures on Healthy Eating
Lectures on Healthy Eating
Japanese meals provided on the day of training
Japanese meals provided on the day of training

Creating Exercise Habits by Introducing a Local Walking Course.

In order to resolve the problem of a lack of exercise and create wellness in the event of a coronavirus crisis, Nisshinbo Micro Devices Fukuoka Co., Ltd., introduced the walking course as an activity of the 2021 Committee on Disaster Prevention, Safety and Health.

This program supports the creation of exercise habits throughout the year, separately from the +10 Walking Challenge sponsored by Nisshinbo Micro Devices Inc. conducted from September to November each year. In introducing a walking course with a map, the goal was not only to walk but also to stop by the attractive spots of temples, shrines, and parks, which are described in a number of course guides, so that employees can have fun while achieving the number of steps in the exercise program. Starting from the Imajyuku area of the company's location, employees can choose from four or five preset courses of 2 km to 5 km in the neighborhood of the Meinohama, Imazu, Susenji, and Shimoyamato areas. Some new discoveries have not been noticed before, so the company is helping to promote health both in terms of physical and mental health.

Introduction of Walking courses
Introduction of Walking courses

Efforts to Prevent the Spread of Novel Coronavirus Infections

At Nanbu Plastics Co., Ltd., all employees are thoroughly checked for temperature and health when going to work, thus limiting the entrance of ill people into the field.

To prevent the spread of the pandemic coronavirus infection, the company uses noncontact thermometers to check the temperatures of visitors. Travelers are asked to postpone visits to clients, and the use of Web conferences is facilitated.

In addition, the company is working to prevent new coronavirus infections by setting up worksheets and seat compartments in cafeterias and by placing disinfectant alcohol along the hallway and conference rooms. In addition, the company periodically raises the awareness of employees for infection-control measures and encourages awareness of all measures.

In terms of management, the company determines the appropriate storage standards for stockpiling masks and alcohol disinfectants, manages the stock, and establishes supply systems. Nanbu Plastics also provides disinfection training aimed at preventing the spread of infection.

Cafeteria with anti-dispersion panels
Cafeteria with anti-dispersion panels

Efforts to Prevent the Spread of Novel Coronavirus Infections in-house

Nisshinbo Mechatronics (Thailand) Ltd. (Thailand) implemented measures to prevent the spread of new coronavirus infections in-house under administrative guidance.

Nisshinbo Mechatronics (Thailand) strengthened management at the time of admission, including warming at the time of admission, alcohol disinfection, and presentation of the behavioral history of visitors and negative results from antigen testing. Within the plant, in addition to partitions in cafeterias and restrooms, the company also placed disinfectant alcohol in the common spaces of conference rooms, cafeterias, and restrooms. Regular PCR and antigen testing of all employees allowed early detection and prompt responses to infected and high-risk individuals. In addition, in accordance with the government's Bubble and Seal policy, the company considered and prepared for the acceptance of infected persons and high-risk persons by companies.

Good Factory Practice Certification for COVID-19 (administrative certificates) was obtained through self-audits and administrative confirmation of measures to prevent the spread of infection, internal operation rules, and methods to disseminate information on preventing infection to employees.

Certificate of “Good Factory Practice for COVID-19”
Certificate of “Good Factory Practice for COVID-19”