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.
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.
＜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.
＜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.
＜Providing a comfortable and rewarding workplace＞
Major measures: Eliminating long working hours, promoting the taking of leave, adoption of the teleworking system, etc.
Recognizing the maintenance and promotion of employees’ health to be a managerial key issue, Nissui has established the Promoting Health Working Group within the Diversity and Personnel Development Subcommittee. With the cooperation of the Safety & 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.
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.
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 FY2016 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 FY 2020, the company-wide EPA/AA ratio average was 0.33.
Since FY2018, 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 thedepartments, which are then ranked in order and announced. High ranking departments are presented with original health rank stickers that are awarded throughout the company.
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”
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.
|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"|
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. At a later date, Nissui's functional foods were distributed to the participants.
|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||Nobember 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)||Improvement of employees' health literacy||126|
Healthy boxed lunches were introduced at Nissui’s head office starting in December 2019 on a trial-basis. 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.”
Healthy Boxed Lunches
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.
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.
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.
We are stepping up our no-smoking measures with the aim of prohibiting smoking during all working hours 365 days a year by FY2022. 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.
Changes in Smoking Rate Over Time
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
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.
“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
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.