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 2020, Nissui was one of the enterprises selected under the 2020 Health and Productivity Stock Selections Program. It is the second 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 2019, Nissui was recognized for its initiatives aimed at the health of employees, which concentrated on two main pillars of its business, fish and EPA, and for encouraging employees to take sufficient leave days and optimize their number of work hours. In order to improve the productivity by putting in place a working environment in which diverse talent stay healthy and are able to demonstrate their capabilities, Nissui carried out measures to 1) promote the individual’s health, 2) strike a balance between work and private lives and 3) create a pleasant and fulfilling place to work.
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 2019, the company-wide EPA/AA ratio average was 0.35.
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 badges 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 2019, the campaign was carried out during the period from May to July prior to the regular physical examination. 250 people (increase of 23 from the previous year) signed up for a total of 606, out of which 191 people achieved the standards.
|Program||Achievement standards (3 months)|
|Walking & exercise program||60 days or more of walking 8,000 steps or exercising 30 minutes or more|
|Bounty of the sea program||60 days or more of either eating at least one fish-based meal a day or consuming 900mg of EPA+DHA per day|
|Dental health program||60 days or more of brushing teeth at least 3 times a day and also going to the dentist for a checkup or for treatment during the period|
|Applicable persons||Achievement standards (3 months)|
|Smokers||Stop smoking for the entire period|
|Persons who consume alcohol every day||Observe two days a week without consuming alcohol throughout the entire period|
|BMI≧25||Record weight three times a week and weigh 2 kg less after the program|
As part of initiatives for employee health, a “Health Seminar by Sports Trainers from RIZAP” for employees was held on May 29, 2019, at the Nissui Head Office. 63 Head Office employees participated. The seminar aimed to enhance the awareness of each employee to re-examine his or her health and the participants worked out with the goal of “I will start from tomorrow.” The seminar invited trainers from RIZAP GROUP, Inc. to give a lecture and provide participants with work out experience. The lecturer spoke about the risk of lifestyle diseases caused by obesity and the secret to make appropriate meals and exercise a habit, and the participants learned how irregular hours contributed to obesity and the importance of exercise. Following the lecture, the participants experienced workouts using the RIZAP method which efficiently burns fat and to try stretching exercises which can be done during breaks from deskwork.
Classwork with the Lecturer
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 problems from smoking and passive smoking, Nissui is promoting initiatives to support smokers to stop smoking and to separate the smoking areas at the business locations.
In terms of the promotion of no smoking to smokers, the President made a no-smoking declaration in January 2019 and nearly 30 employees followed suit by taking on the no-smoking challenge. As new initiatives for fiscal 2019, a special booth was installed at the regular physical examination site to strengthen no-smoking education activities, which included health nurses providing individual instruction to smokers, measuring the levels of carbon monoxide using smokerlyzers, and distributing samples of nicotine gum. Nissui also supports no smoking by covering half of the treatment costs of employees who have successfully quit smoking at the quit-smoking programs at hospitals.
As for promoting the separation of smoking areas, 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.
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
Since 2018, the Nissui head office has been conducting the monthly “Imperial Palace Run” as a running activity around the areas surrounding the Imperial Palace. It takes about 10 minutes by foot to the Imperial Palace from the Nissui head office in Nishi-Shimbashi. At this event, running enthusiasts from the company and outside the company gather after work and enjoy running or walking the course around the Imperial Palace. Runners and walkers of all levels – from beginners to experts – can take part, all at a pace that is comfortable for them. Participants by wearing matching T-shirts displaying the “SPORTS EPA” (Note) logo and they can also feel solidarity as a team by encouraging each other as they run.
【Purpose of the activity】
1.Raising awareness of SPORTS EPA
2.Making a habit out of exercise (Raising awareness of the Company’s Employee Health program)
3.Cross-sectional communication between the employees
On October 16, 2019, the “Let’s get 50 members together and run around the Imperial Palace” project was planned, which aimed to gather 50 participants. In the end, 59 participants (including participants from outside the company) took part resulting in an achievement rate of 118%.
(Note) SPORTS EPA: Nissui’s research of EPA focusing on its effect on sports, such as enhancing endurance, and activities to spread and raise the awareness of EPA.
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.