Employee Health

As part of the initiatives for employee health, Nissui recognizes the maintenance and promotion of health as a management issue and announced the Employee Health Declaration on February 23, 2017. Based on this declaration, various initiatives are carried out so that employees and their families can live healthy and energetic lives.

Employee Health Declaration

At the Nissui Group, we consider our employees to be our most valuable asset, and we want to see all employees be able to fully demonstrate their abilities. We also aim to improve the quality of life of our employees and their families by ensuring proper workplace conditions and by actively supporting both mental and physical health.
As a company that works with resources from the sea, we offer suggestions for healthy diets, try to maximize the use of functional components derived from seafood, and aim to contribute to the healthy lives of people everywhere, from our employees and their families to customers around the world.

In addition to following up with family members to alleviate anxiety and burdens in their health and personal lives to enable individuals to work with peace of mind, the Employee Health Declaration aims to create new value and enhance productivity by improving the workplace and systems environment so that diverse human resources of different genders, nationalities, and ages can work comfortably. In this way, a virtuous cycle can be generated in which the company can secure excellent human resources, and these excellent human resources can in turn help the company grow further. Nissui believes that the implementation of the Employee Health Declaration will shape the future of Nissui, and Nissui will place a high priority on investing in the initiatives associated with this declaration.
In implementing the declaration, Nissui will be focusing on the three approaches to individuals and the work environment below.

Three Approaches to Develop an Environment Where Employees Are Healthy and Can Maximize Their Potential Leading to Increased Productivity

<Promoting the health of individuals>
Major measures: Campaign to improve lifestyle habits, increase the ratio of EPA/AA, promoting no smoking and separation of smoking areas, mental health examination, etc.

<Supporting the balance between work and personal lives>
Major measures: Childcare and nursing care support, the employee benefits system, adoption of the cafeteria plan “N Café,” etc.

<Providing a comfortable and rewarding workplace>
Major measures: Eliminating long working hours, promoting the taking of leave, adoption of the teleworking system, etc.

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Promotion Framework - The Employee Health Working Group

Monthly meetings are held with the Human Resources Department's Labor and Health Planning Section (secretariat), Health Management Center (industrial physicians and health nurses), the corporate health insurance society and each department. And by coordinating with the cooperate health insurance staff of each business location, we are engaged in initiatives to ensure the health and work-life balance of its employees and to create a workplace culture that is pleasant and offers a fulfilling place to work.

Employee Health Promotion Framework

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External Recognition

In 2021, Nissui was one of the enterprises selected under the 2021 Health and Productivity Stock Selections Program. It is the third consecutive year being acknowledged after being chosen as the first company in the agriculture, forestry, and fisheries industries to be selected for that in 2019. Under the Health & Productivity Stock Selection program, basically one company from each industry is chosen from among the companies listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange as a company focusing on employees’ health from a management perspective and strategically carrying out efforts toward employee health.
In fiscal 2020, Nissui was recognized for promoting its employees' health by utilizing fish and EPA, which are the main pillars of its business, and for proactively following up on their physical and psychological health amid the COVID-19 pandemic, such as taking stop-smoking measures and holding health improvement seminars.

The Nissui press release (in Japanese)

Logomark 2021 Health and Productivity Stock Selections Program
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Setting KPIs for Health Numbers

KPIs for promoting personal health include three points: "smoking rate," "obesity rate," and "percentage of EPA/AA." The health figures of employees, which are measured through periodic health checkups, all have an impact on daily performance due to their worsening, and the worst can lead to absenteeism, leave, or retirement. In particular, the smoking rate and obesity rate, which were not favorable compared to the national average figures published by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, are positioned as areas where Nisshi should focus its efforts on improving them, and the Company will set targets that look ahead to the national average and take priority measures.

Measurement of the EPA/AA Ratio and Health Ranking

As a preventive measure against lifestyle-related diseases, Nissui takes advantage of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), which is the core product of the Fine Chemicals Business, one of Nissui’s main business. Regular physical examination starting fiscal 2016 contain an exam for all employees to test the EPA/AA ratio, an indicator potentially signaling cardiovascular disease, with a target for a company-wide ratio average of 0.4. In fiscal 2020, the company-wide EPA/AA ratio average was 0.33.

Since fiscal 2018, to encourage voluntary efforts among each of their employees to improve their diet, Nissui offers a health subsidy for those who reach an EPA/AA ratio of 1.0 or more. Each employee is notified of their measurement results, and data is tallied within the departments, which are then ranked in order and announced. High ranking departments are presented with original health rank stickers that are awarded throughout the company.

Measurement of the EPA/AA Ratio

Scope: Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd.(Nissui)

Health Ranking

Health Ranking

【Picture】Measurement of the EPA/AA Ratio

Original health rank stickers

【Picture】Promoting EPA Intake at the Company Cafeteria

Promoting EPA Intake at the Company Cafeteria

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Initiatives to Educate People About the Benefits of Quitting Smoking

To prevent health problem from smoking and passive smoking, Nissui is promoting initiatives to help smokers to stop smoking and to separate the smoking areas at the business locations.

Awareness Initiatives Targeting Smokers

We are carrying out a variety of initiatives to encourage smokers to quit. For example, we provide individual instructions by public health nurses at regular physical examination sites, measurements of carbon monoxide levels using “smokerlyzers,” and the distribution of nicotine gum samples. in addition to these, we support efforts to quit smoking by covering half of the treatment costs for employees who have successfully quit smoking through programs offered at hospitals. The President himself declared that he would quit smoking in January 2019 and nearly 30 employees followed suit by taking on the no-smoking challenge.

Promoting the Separation of Smoking and No-Smoking Spaces

In 2018, the smoking areas of the head offices and branches were shut down, and smoking was banned in all company cars. The other business locations are also promoting the closing and reduction of smoking areas.

Towards the Prohibition of Smoking During Working Hours

Nissui is stepping up our no-smoking measures with the aim of prohibiting smoking during all working hours 365 days a year by fiscal 2022. Beginning in October 2020, we have made Wednesdays no-smoking days, calling them “No-Wheeze Wednesdays,” which is another way to encourage people to stop smoking during working hours. From July 2021, we stepped up this initiative by adding a Smoking Cessation Week to the Wednesdays no-smoking days, and stop smoking in the the second week of each month.

Changes in Smoking Rate Over Time

【Graf】Smoking rate over time

Scope: Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. (Nissui)

【図】Nissui's no smoking DAYS poster

“No smoking DAYS poster”

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Initiatives to Improve the Lifestyle Habits

Health Plus (+) Storage Campaign

Nissui has been conducting the “Health Plus (+) Storage Campaign” as an initiative to improve the lifestyle habits of its employees from fiscal 2018.
This campaign awards bonus points, which may be used in the employee benefits program, to employees who have achieved a given level in new positive (plus) activities in an effort to re-examine the daily lifestyle habits of each employee.
In fiscal 2020, the campaign was set to be a voluntary 60-day challenge from June to November; 334 people (an increase of 84 from the previous year) signed up for a total of 1,522, out of whom 259 people achieved the standards. Through this campaign, 86% of those who achieved the campaign answered that their awareness had changed, and the percentage of those who had no exercise habits showed an improving trend. These and other results are beginning to appear.

Category   Program Achievement standards
Elimination of under-exercising 1 Sports and exercise Perform "an exercise that makes you breathe hard for 30 minutes or more (e.g., running, brisk walking)" at least two days per week, excluding muscle training
2 Muscle training Perform "muscle training (e.g., squats, sit-ups, push-ups) for 10 minutes or more" at least three days per week
3 Stretching and calisthenics Perform "stretching (e.g., shoulders, hips, eyes) for 10 minutes or more" or "Radio Taiso (Radio Exercises)" at least three days per week
Dietary improvement 4 Fish-based meals (EPA intake) Either "eat a main dish consisting of fish at least once a day" or "consume at least 900mg of EPA+DHA per day" for 40 days or more
5 Nutritional balance "Eat at least one meal per day, with each meal consisting of at least one staple food item, one main dish item and one side dish item" and "have breakfast" for 40 days or more
6 Weight loss "Lose 2kg in two months" and "record your weight" for 40 days or more
7 Carbohydrate reduction Limit carbohydrate consumption to 70g-130g per day for 40 days or more
8 Salt reduction Limit amount of intake of salt to 8g or less per day for 40 days or more
Improvement of daily habits 9 Quitting smoking (limited to smokers) Stop smoking for the entire period
10 Restriction of alcohol consumption (limited to alcohol consumers) Switch your drinking habit in the past month to observing "at least three days a week without consuming alcohol" throughout the entire period
11 Tooth brushing "Brush your teeth three times per day for 40 days or more" and "undergo dental examination at least once"
12 Hand-washing and gargling "Wash your hands and gargle after returning home from outside" each time and on a daily basis
More comfortable lifestyle 13 Leave of absence and getting refreshed Take leave of absence for six days or more
14 Good sleep "Sleep approx. six to eight hours per day" for 40 days or more
15 Greetings and words of appreciation "Say good morning/hello/goodbye to your superior and colleagues when starting and finishing work every day" and "say thank you for 40 days or more"

Healthy Boxed Lunches

Healthy boxed lunches were introduced at Nissui’s head office starting in December 2019. It was a measure to address one of the company’s health issues, a higher obesity rate than the national average, aiming to improve the diet and sodium intake of employees.
The healthy boxed lunches were given the “Smart Meal” seal program approval as a nutritionally balanced meal with healthy consideration given to quantity and sodium content. Due especially to the fact that the head office does not house a company cafeteria, the boxed lunches play a key role in employees’ consuming healthy meals that are ideally balanced in nutrition. A lunch seminar was also conducted for employees in particular need to consider dietary improvements for their health, where they received guidance regarding nutritional balance and dietary habits by occupational health nurses. Comments received in post-seminar questionnaires included “it made me more mindful of choices” and “tasty options, I think I can keep this up.”

【Picture】Healthy Boxed Lunches

Healthy Boxed Lunches

【Picture】Lunch Seminar

Lunch Seminar

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Improving Health Literacy

To improve the health literacy of employees, Nissui holds health improvement seminars, conducts health awareness surveys and e-learning annually.

Health Improvement Seminar

In fiscal 2020, health improvement seminars were held four times in total.  These seminars were live-streamed online, making it possible even for teleworkers to participate. These seminars have been archived and made available for viewing at any time. At a later date, Nissui's products related to the theme were distributed to the participants. Participants gave many positive comments such as "I was able to participate with interest on themes of interest" and "I would like to convey what I learned to my friends and family."

  Seminar date Title Description Target Number of participants
No.1 July 10, 2020 Seminar on food Meals to fine-tune mind and body Nissui employees (including dispatched employees) 50
No.2 September 10, 2020 Seminar on functionality of fish and products available from Nissui "Functionality of fish and Nissui's product rollout" (e.g., positive effects of functional foods and effective ways of consuming them) 121
No.3 November 12, 2020 Seminar on exercise "lecture by RIZAP trainer" (lecturer: RIZAP trainer) ・ Recheck your physical strength level
・ How to perform muscle training
・ Implement RIZAP-style training, i.e., "Commit to results"
・ Dietary approach to efficient muscle building
No.4 March 5, 2021 Seminar on health (lecture by an industrial physician) In order to be physically and mentally healthy
-Disease prevention learned from Nissui's health issues-
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"Collabo-Health" with Nippon Suisan Health Insurance Society

Nissui is engaged in “Collabo-health (Note)” in collaboration with the Nippon Suisan Health Insurance Society (corporate health insurance society).

(Note) Collabo-health: An approach whereby health insurance societies and other insurers and employers actively collaborate to effectively and efficiently implement prevention and health promotion initiatives for enrollees (employees and their families) under clearly defined roles and a favorable work environment.

Health Checkups and Efforts to Prevent Serious Illness

In cooperation with the Nippon Suisan Health Insurance Society, Nissui conducts regular employee health checkups and checkups for the prevention of lifestyle-related diseases, with an annual checkup rate of 100%. Nissui requires all employees with any abnormal findings in their checkup results to submit a “Report on Results of Checkup with Findings” and have them report on the results of follow-up checkups with their family doctor, etc. The content of these reports is then confirmed by occupational health staff. Reports on the results of medical checkups with abnormal findings are available in four languages to facilitate reporting by employees whose native language is not Japanese. In fiscal 2020, the rate of reporting of checkups that resulted in abnormal findings was 80%.
In addition, as an effort to prevent serious illness, Nissui has created in-house health guidance guidelines and provide individual interviews and health guidance based on expert knowledge by occupational physicians or occupational health staff for employees with high-risk health issues. The treatment continuation rate for those at high risk was 90.7% in fiscal 2020.

Specific Health Guidance Initiatives

From fiscal 2020, Nissui switched from the conventional outsourced approach to the specified health guidance to one that is conducted in-house, essentially by nurses from the health insurance society. This has changed the awareness among the target group, and the implementation rate has increased significantly, partly because more people are receiving guidance and partly because the scheduling of initial interviews and so on has become more flexible. Furthermore, by having a nurse who is familiar with the company's health initiatives provide guidance, more effective guidance may be offered through the incorporation of these initiatives into the health-related instructions they give.

Specific Health Guidance Implementation Rate (Nippon Suisan Health Insurance Society: Insured individuals and their dependents)

Entity FY2019 FY2020
Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. 34.1% 58.6%
All enrolled entities (including those insured on a voluntary basis) (Note) 32.4% 55.8%

(Note): Five entities, including Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd., Nissui Marine Industries Co., Ltd., etc.

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Infection Prevention Measures

Having many overseas bases, the Nissui Group is aware of the importance of responding to global health issues such as infectious diseases. In addition to conducting pre-assignment education on vaccinations, medical care, and health management for employees assigned to overseas bases, we make it possible for employees to receive medical examinations and checkups by overseas travel specialists both before and during their assignment in Japan every year; based on the results of these examinations, interviews with industrial physicians and health guidance are also conducted.
In Japan, Nissui also works together with the Nippon Suisan Health Insurance Society to provide mass influenza vaccinations and subsidize the entire cost. In addition, Nissui has incorporated rubella antibody tests into our regular health checkups to make it easier for individuals to receive them. For those individuals who were considered to have low levels of rubella antibodies, awareness and education was provided, and more than 40% of the recommended recipients received an antibody test during their regular checkups. With respect to the new coronavirus infection, Nissui is implementing thorough countermeasures against infection in our offices, and workplace vaccinations are also being carried out at some offices.

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Mental Health Support

Nissui is also making efforts to enhance mental health so that employees can engage in their work with a healthy mind. Once a year, Nissui conducts a mental health examination for its employees and based on the results, provides support through the Human Resources Department on an individual or department basis.
Additionally, Nissui conducts harassment workshops (group seminars and e-learning) in order to prevent any incidents of harassment, as well as setting up a Harassment Desk, which serves as a contact point for consultations, as a system to deal with this problem.

An interview with the health nurse

An Interview with the Health Nurse

Percentage of employees undergoing “Kokoro no Kenko Shindan” (stress check) and high-stress employees

An Interview with the Health Nurse

Scope: Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. (Nissui)

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Effectiveness and Verification of Each Initiative

In the course of implementing initiatives, Nissui are striving to improve on health challenges with a focus on three KPI categories (smoking rate, obesity rate, and EPA/AA ratio). Nissui provide opportunities for management to directly communicate their thoughts on health to employees, and for occupational health staff to actively disseminate information and encourage employees to engage in health-related efforts. Through various measures taken by the sections in charge, each employee's health-related awareness level has been steadily increasing.In terms of the degree of improvement in actual business performance as a result of each employee becoming healthier, Nissui quantify presenteeism, absenteeism, etc., through regular employee questionnaires and other means to confirm progress.

  FY2018 FY2019 FY2020
Absenteeism(Note1) - (Note3) - (Note3) 1.9day/person (Note4)
Presenteeism (Note2) - (Note3) - (Note3) 68.7point (Note5)
Work engagement - (Note3) - (Note3) 66.8point (Note6)
Number of employees on leave due to injury or illness 15 23 20

Scope: Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. (Nissui)

(Note1) Absenteeism: Sick leave/Absence due to illness
(Note2) Presenteeism: A condition in which a person comes to work while suffering from some disease or symptom, resulting in a decrease in work performance and productivity.
(Note3): Up to fiscal 2019, similar indicators of “Kokoro no Kenko Shindan” (stress check) were used.
(Note4): Average of the number of days absent from work due to injury or illness, the number of days on leave, and the number of days utilizing the sick leave system for all employees.
(Note5): The intermediate value of undecided is set at 50, and the higher the value above 50, the healthier and more energetic the employee is; the lower the value, the more clearly unwell the employee is.
(Note6):  The intermediate value of undecided is set at 50, and the higher the value above 50, the more satisfied the employee is with their job; the lower the value below 50, the less satisfied the employee is with their job.

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Handling of Health Information, etc.

As part of our efforts to promote various health initiatives, we have established the “Regulations for the Handling of Health Information, etc.,” which stipulates the purposes, parties responsible for handling personal health information and the authority and scope they have in handling such information, as well as training for managers on how to handle the information properly.

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Adoption of Employee Benefits System/Cafeteria Plan

As part of measures for “Employee health,” Nissui has adopted “N Café,” an employee benefits system/cafeteria plan.
Nissui proactively supports the employee’s mental and physical health and is strengthening initiatives to promote health and prevent diseases, while helping employees strike a balance between work and childcare/nursing care.
Employees are awarded a certain number of points that can be used in employee benefits programs of their choosing through N Café. The programs focus on childcare, nursing care, and health and contain a wide range of services including personal development, asset formation and life support.

N Café character “Nanda

N Café character “Nanda”

Cafeteria Plan Usage and Benefits (Fiscal 2020)

Category / Menu Usage (cases) Total benefits (thousand yen)
Childcare, nursing care and health 5,211 10,576
Work-life balance and life support 1,786 4,120

Scope: Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. (Nissui)

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Initiatives in Fiscal 2021 (New and Expanded)

In fiscal 2021, Nissui is implementing new and expanded initiatives for the following items.

・Increase implementation of smoking cessation days and weeks (Wednesday every week, no smoking during the second week of each month)
"Karada" (Body) improvement contest (Step count, Team fight for muscular enhancement, Eat fish sausage)
・Held health improvement seminars (Sleeping, Prevention of shoulder-backed pain, How to interact with alcohol, Industrial physician lectures)
・Breakfast consumption support (Placement of in-house fish sausage, etc.)
・Health education for new employees and individual interviews by the cooperate health insurance staff
・Added a menu of anti-infectious product purchases and teleworking-related cost subsidies to the cafeteria plan
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Health Initiatives by Group Companies

Good Health Without Belly (Nissui (Thailand) Co., Ltd.)

Thailand in recent years has seen an increasing trend in the number of overweight and obese people, due to westernized eating habits and the rise in income levels. Concerns over health have been rising as lifestyle-related diseases, including diabetes, have also become more prevalent in conjunction with this increase.
The Nissui Group company, Nissui (Thailand) Co., Ltd., is engaged in manufacturing, mainly in the processing of marine products. The company promoted the “Good Health Without Belly” project so that all employees could work while maintaining a state of health. The project, which targeted employees who tended to be overweight, started in April 2019 and aimed to have these employees lose weight by June. During the project period, nutritionists and nurses were invited and the employees received instruction on suitable weight-loss methods, effective physical exercise, and nutrition. Through this project, the participants acquired sensible weight-loss information and made efforts to achieve a healthy body.

Initiatives Toward Wellbeing (Sealord Group Ltd.)

“Wellbeing” is a concept that embraces the state of good mental and physical health of the company and the employees and has become the center of attention as a means to achieve increased productivity and to ensure psychological safety.
The Nissui Group company, Sealord Group Ltd., which is engaged in fishery and the sales of marine products in New Zealand, commenced wellbeing initiatives for its employees from February 2020.
These initiatives were prompted by a company-wide staff engagement survey in 2017, which showed that wellbeing was a significant area of interest. Subsequently, in addition to consultation with people at different levels across the business, surveys and audits by outside specialist organizations were conducted, which resulted in the completion of the Sealord Wellbeing Model. The model focuses on the following five key pillars:

Looking Out For Each Other
Our Place
Feeling Good
In Balance
Our Community

The top part of the figure illustrates how important the employees are to the company, and the bottom part lists the current and future measures of Sealord. As a result of these measures, the company has implemented such initiatives as resilience training for employees, assistance focusing on the burden of the vessel crew, and nutritional advice workshops for factories. A wellbeing app for smartphones will also be rolled out to those who are interested.

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