Forecasts in recent years have indicated that there is a high possibility of a huge earthquake occurring—e.g., epicentral earthquake in Tokyo, Nankai Trough Mega Earthquake. In addition, climate change caused by global warming tends to increase the frequency and severity of typhoons and other natural disasters. The Nissui Group has established the "Post-disaster BCP (Business Continuity Planning) Subcommittee" under the Risk Management Committee and is reinforcing its structure to deal with ever-increasing uncertainties.
In the Nissui Group, we will promote our business continuity plan in accordance with the following policy in order to continue providing necessary assistance, services, etc., for our employees, customers and stakeholders even in the event of a major disaster by giving top priority to human life.
(i) The Nissui Group will make utmost efforts to ensure the safety of human life and prevent secondary disasters with respect to its employees and their families as well as relevant parties.
(ii) The Nissui Group will pursue early recovery and continuation of operations in accordance with its predetermined business continuity plan by specifically treating the maintenance of supply chains as a key operation in order to fulfill its social responsibility.
(iii) The Nissui Group will make efforts to reconstruct local communities in cooperation and collaboration with regions, including providing relief supplies to local governments and residents in disaster-affected areas.
If a disaster is expected to occur or has occurred, the Nissui Group will set up a local disaster response office at the expected/actual disaster location and establish a disaster management headquarters at Nissui's head office (or a backup location if its head office cannot be used) as the Group's central function, and promptly collect information and take action by collaborating with those at the site and Group companies.
In order to facilitate activities as an organization in the event of a disaster, the Nissui Group will periodically conduct education and training, and also perform inspections and make improvements aimed at developing its structure, and thereby boost its ability to continue business.
Enactment Date: April 2020
The Post-disaster BCP Subcommittee, which is aimed at developing a post-disaster BCP framework for Nissui and its Group companies in Japan, is convened four times a year and is chaired by an Executive Officer appointedby the President & CEO. Furthermore, our preparations for disasters involve distributing the "Disaster Countermeasures Pocket Manual"—which outlines the standards for initial actions when a natural disaster such as an earthquake has occurred—to Nissui and its Group companies in Japan and confirming them periodically in drills, etc.
State in which each individual can take action according to his/her role in concrete terms with respect to initial response in the event of a disaster, leading to the further enhancement of Nissui Group's ability to continue business (plan-do-check-action (PDCA) cycle based on repetition drill and BCP review).
State in which BCP at each business location that was put in place is inspected and reviewed on an ongoing basis, and on top of this, improvements are made and the level is raised successfully.
A state in which a structure that takes disaster risks into consideration has been successfully built in the main businesses.
An e-learning course targeted at all employees of Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. (Nissui) is conducted once a year, for the purpose of raising their awareness of disaster prevention and checking their initial responses in the event of a disaster. In the e-learning course conducted in August 2020, the study content was designed with the following in mind to improve employees' ability to respond in the event of a disaster and raise their awareness of disaster prevention: (i) make employees gain general knowledge of disaster prevention and daily preparedness, etc.; (ii) make them understand and check initial actions to be taken in the event of a disaster, and (iii) make the "Basic Policy for Post-disaster BCP" widely known among all employees. The course was taken by 98.3% of all employees. Also, we followed up on employees who had not taken the e-learning course by sending study materials.
A safety confirmation system is a mechanism by which a company promptly identifies whether or not its employees and their families are safe primarily based on a scenario in which a huge earthquake with a maximum seismic intensity of "5 Upper" or higher on Japan Meteorological Agency's Seismic Intensity Scale has occurred. Once a year, employees check that their contact details and other information registered in the system are up to date and engage in a reporting drill according to the actual flow. Since introducing this system, we have been able to confirm the safety of employees and their families in a short period of time when an earthquake has actually occurred, thanks to the system functioning effectively.
We conduct a drill at the disaster management headquarters once a year, mainly to prepare against the occurrence of a massive earthquake. In order to launch the disaster management headquarters and make it function promptly in the event of an emergency, we update the flow of tasks—such as checking the disaster situation regarding office buildings and facilities, preparing for recovery, and collecting and passing on information—and reconfirm the reporting lines, among others.
|Description of Initiatives||Coverage||Frequency|
|Implementation of an e-learning course for disaster prevention education (Education for raising awareness of disaster prevention and checking initial response in the event of a disaster)||All employees of Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. (Nissui)||Once a year|
|Checking of and drill on method of using safety confirmation system||Same as above||Same as above|
|Drill at the disaster management headquarters||Members of the disaster management headquarters, etc.||Once a year|
Drill in progress: Reporting on the disaster situation
Drill in progress: General meeting at the disaster management headquarters