Initiatives for Health-based Management and Occupational Health and Safety

Group’s approach to health-based management

The Kewpie Group launched a Kenko Keiei®* (business management based on the health of the company and its employees, or health management) initiative in fiscal 2016. The Group’s mission is to contribute to better and healthier dietary lifestyles for people around the world premised on the notions of good taste, empathy and uniqueness. Based on this mission, Kewpie pursues initiatives for the health of each and every person who works in the Group. Kewpie Corporation was awarded on March 2, 2020 with the “White 500” certification in recognition of its excellence in health and productivity management, marking the third year the Group has received certification since its launch in 2017. In the three years from fiscal 2019 we will work to further promote health awareness at Group companies and locations, including by: 1) building a health management system; 2) promoting physical health; and 3) promoting activities aimed at supporting mental health.

*Kenko Keiei is a registered trademark of the Workshop for the Management of Health on Company and Employee.

Measures against passive smoking

To promote and maintain the health of Group employees, from October 16, 2019, we made our two offices within Tokyo (Shibuya, Chofu) non-smoking during work hours. Also, on April 1, 2020, we removed on-site smoking areas, making the entire site smoke-free.
We are working on creating a smoke-free work environment that includes all Group offices.
Also, since 2017 we have been strengthening our support for employees who will give up smoking, and we are encouraging them to take up the challenge. For example, we subsidize co-pays for smoking cessation clinics and smoking cessation medication (clinics up to ¥10,000 and medication up to ¥5,000), and we are providing commemorative gifts to those who have succeeded in giving up smoking by themselves.

Prevention and management of global health issues

Along with the expansion in foreign business, the number of expatriates has also increased.
Expatriates take annual physical examinations, and are given advice as necessary by nurses.
We are also supporting their mental health with interviews and stress checks three months after their assignment.

Women's health and gynecologic cancer detection

On October 3, 2019, we invited a female doctor and held a seminar about women's health, which had a particular focus on cancer with a high probability of affecting women of working age. (There was also a live telecast to all locations in Japan.)
From November to December 2019, we held group screenings for gynecologic cancer detection at our two offices in Tokyo (Shibuya and Chofu). It was our first attempt; however, 30% of female employees took the screening, leading to a better understanding of cancer detection.

Participation in health improvement campaigns

At the Kewpie-Aohata health insurance association, we ran a health improvement campaign for two months from May. From FY2018, we introduced a tournament between offices to these activities to encourage lifestyle improvement. All locations, including Group companies, are taking part.
In FY2019, 7,378 employees attended, equivalent to 61%, and over 80% achieved the goals they set. Also, in FY2020, we continue to promote initiatives to improve daily activities, exercise, and diet.

Distributing information useful for health

Kewpie in fiscal 2018 began distributing to all locations an “Information Useful for Health” publication that can be used during workplace morning meetings and monthly health committee meetings. Topics are tailored to employee interests and seasonal concerns, including bone density, mental health, and heat stroke. Presentation materials include explanatory text, with content that can be also be posted.

My Health Declaration

“My Health Declaration,” started by the Kewpie directors and/or audit & supervisory board members in FY2016, is where each employee writes and displays their declaration to spend the year healthily. In FY2017, this expanded to include the presidents of each Group company and employees of Tokyo offices (Shibuya and Chofu). From FY2018, all locations, including Group companies, are taking part.
For FY2020, the declaration was set as initiatives that extend healthy life expectancy, and already over 10,000 employees have made declarations.

Health Events

For all employees to enjoy and feel the benefits of exercise, and to make exercise a habit, in FY2020, we are holding exercise events every month at our two Tokyo offices (broadcast to all offices in Japan.)
We had employees receive practical guidance on training that can be done at home or in the office (muscle training and stretching) and the correct way to walk. By influencing both diet and exercise, this will lead to the prevention of lifestyle-disease, frailty, and locomotive syndrome, and prevention of falling accidents.

Approach to Occupational Health and Safety

At the Kewpie Group’s production plants, safety officers, who report directly to the General Manager of the Kewpie Production Division, play a central role in our endeavors to create comfortable workplace environments, in which employees can spend a safe and healthy working life. We strive to prevent accidents and raise safety awareness mainly through the following actions.

1.Safety audits of all production plants (75 in Japan, 12 overseas)

2.Group Safety Meeting

3.Sharing of accident information horizontally across the Group

Group-Wide Preventive Safety Initiatives

The Kewpie Group has pursued preventive safety activities since 2004. Through the following three actions, we aim to lower risks to an acceptable level and to build a culture of Safety First.

1.Risk assessments

2.Education based on the Safety Education Manual

3.QBSS (Kewpie Blue-flag Safety Standards) inspections and rectification

Trends in occurrence of lost-time workplace accidents (tallied at end of April each year)

FY2015 FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019
Lost-time accidents 12 7 17 24 13
Frequency rate*1 0.56 0.35 0.76 0.99 0.62
Severity rate*2 0.018 0.013 0.027 0.034 0.038

Kewpie Group Japanese plants

*1Frequency rate = Number of deaths and injuries from workplace accidents / total number of actual hours worked x 1,000,000

*2Severity rate = Number of work days lost / total number of actual hours worked x 1,000

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