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Health and Safety
On the basis of its Companywide OH&S Policy Action Guidelines, NEC Corporation has established the following action guidelines to maintain and enhance a comfortable and supportive workplace and to ensure the health and safety of its employees including dispatched workers.
Companywide OH&S Policy Action Guidelines
Improve occupational health and safety management systems by continuously and efficiently implementing occupational health and safety activities.
Promote the identification of sources of danger, as well as risk assessment and risk management, with the aim of reducing labour accidents to zero.
Comply with laws and regulations, and other rules and decisions, regarding occupational health and safety.
Strive to make the occupational health and safety obligations known to ensure understanding and fulfillment of these obligations.
Actively provide disclosure of information regarding occupational health and safety activities.
Endeavor to enhance the mental and physical health of workers and develop a comfortable workplace.
Ensure the appropriateness and effectiveness of these policies and the occupational health and safety management systems through regular reviews.
Occupational Health and Safety Management in Construction and Installation Work
In fiscal 2020, NEC established the NEC Group Health Declaration. Rather than simply focusing on the prevention of illness among employees, the declaration calls for efforts to improve the health of employees so that they work with mental and physical vitality and achieve self-actualization. In this way, the Group aims to create even more social value.
NEC Group Health Declaration
Better Condition, Better Life
—Better Individual Lives Make a Richer Society—
We will create an environment in which employees can work with enthusiasm toward their dreams, and a culture in which employees and members of their family can look after their own physical condition and take care of their health. Harnessing the health and vitality of all our employees.
We carry out a variety of health promotion activities driven by the slogan “Better Condition, Better Life.” These activities are conducted along the axes of Literacy, Practice, and Technology, and we seek to reform health awareness, change behavior, and support people in maintaining their changes.
In recognition of such initiatives, NEC received certification as a Health and Productivity Management Organization (White 500) and was included in the 2022 Health & Productivity Stock Selection. Through health and productivity management, beginning from fiscal 2022, we will heighten job satisfaction and our employee engagement score and become an employer of choice, which is a goal of the Mid-term Management Plan 2025.
The Human Resources and General Affairs Department establishes targets and key measures for the fiscal year in accordance with NEC’s Companywide OH&S Policy Action Guidelines and the NEC Group Health Declaration. To realize these targets and measures, the division prepares and implements specific measures for each in-house geographical area, business site, and consolidated subsidiary in Japan. Particularly with regard to health and productivity management, the People Success Group and Wellness Promotion Center of the Human Resources and Administration Department, and the NEC Health Insurance Association act as a health promotion team for the Company and its consolidated subsidiaries in Japan. As well as conducting independent health-related activities, these organizations work in close collaboration and pool their data and expertise to advance initiatives. Further, to help us achieve the goals of the Mid-term Management Plan 2025, we set KPIs in consultation with the CHRO and based on the World Health Organization’s definition of health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being.” Consequently, the KPIs now focus on social health along with our existing emphasis on physical and mental health. Under the direction of the CEO, the CHRO oversees activities related to OH&S throughout the Company, including risk management, and reports on these activities to the Board of Directors.
The NEC Group’s Health and Productivity Management Implementation Framework
At each business site and base, health and safety committees meet each month in line with laws and regulations to take action on ensuring health and safety and promoting comfortable workplace environments. Committee members include health and safety commissioners and labour union representatives selected by each division, along with employee representatives, and industrial physicians and healthcare nurses from wellness promotion centers. They share information on the status of labour accidents and the promotion of various measures, as well as discussing new health and safety countermeasures and health-related measures, among others.
Furthermore, labour union members also participate in a monthly worksite inspection conducted by an industrial physician, exchanging opinions with workplace representatives and gathering opinions. When new risks arise regarding health and disasters, the information is quickly gathered and discussed by the committee.
These initiatives are overseen by the Human Resources and General Affairs Department, with its internal organization, the Regional Affairs Department, handling routine matters by acting in the role of the promotion office. The Regional Affairs Department posts the discussions and deliberations of the health and safety committee on the intranet, and shares information within each region, while performing the function of a regional center in accordance with the OH&S management systems. It also receives inquiries from a wide range of employees and organizations as the internal contact desk.
Meanwhile, important matters such as a major disaster or pandemic are handled by the Business Strategy Committee attended by corporate management, such as the president or directors. The committee decides on important themes each year, reviews the flow for countermeasures, and conducts exercises. (Our response to the pandemic is described in the section on “Business Continuity.”)
Furthermore, we provide a channel for exchanging information with subsidiaries abroad to share safety confirmation information during disasters and take steps to ensure workplace safety.
Measures and Main Fiscal 2022 Activities
Occupational Health and Safety
NEC Corporation conducts OH&S activities from two standpoints that address “Companywide issues” as well as “specific issues reflecting unique conditions faced by individual Group companies and business sites.”
|Initiatives to address Companywide issues
|Initiatives to address specific issues reflecting unique conditions faced by individual group companies and business sites
|Initiatives based on OH&S Management System
In addition, the employees receive various types of OH&S training.
|Companywide OH&S training participants (percentage)
|Employees completing the Basic Lifesaving Workshop
|Health Checkup Forecast Simulation usage rate
|Health promotion events
|Smoking cessation measures
- *1NEC Health Checkup Forecast Simulation is developed by NEC Solution Innovators, Ltd., an NEC Group company.
- *2Heterogeneous mixture learning technology is an analysis technology that can automatically identify highly accurate regularities within highly heterogeneous and diverse data to achieve highly accurate results even in complex forecasts that are difficult to perform manually. It is one of the technologies produced by NEC the WISE, NEC’s group of advanced AI technologies.
|Mental healthcare initiatives
|We position mental healthcare as a key healthcare priority, and we are creating a healthy workplace by maintaining the mental health of our employees.
|Health support for young employees
|NEC Corporation and 24 affiliated companies in Japan are implementing the following initiatives designed mainly to foster a self-care mindset.
|Communication of various health-related information
|Initiatives for preventing lifestyle-related diseases
|We implement the following initiatives to prevent lifestyle-related diseases at NEC Corporation and 24 affiliated companies in Japan.
|Addressing women’s health
Health Support for Young Employees
NEC Corporation and 24 affiliated companies in Japan are implementing the following initiatives designed mainly to foster a self-care mindset.
|Newly hired employees
|A talk given by an industrial physician soon after joining the Company and “freshers’ interview” health guidance provided by health nurses and clinical nurses after assignment
|“Health College 30” (Participatory group training)
Measures against Cancer
In collaboration with the NEC Health Insurance Association, we have established an environment that allows employees to receive the same screening tests as they would at an external medical institution for a lower self-coverage cost, and to take the examinations during work hours. In fiscal 2022, efforts to raise awareness of cancer included inviting industrial physicians to conduct four seminars to 2,826 attendees on themes ranging from cancer prevention through to treatment and support for employees receiving treatment.
To support those working while concurrently receiving treatment, in May 2018 we formulated guidelines covering the Company’s position, direction, points for employees and supervisors to be aware of, and so forth. Depending on the situation, we will support individual employees receiving treatment by coordinating with them, their workplaces, wellness promotion centers, and the Human Resources and General Affairs Department.
Results and Medium-term Targets as of March 31, 2022
|Results for FY2022
|Targets for FY2026
|Employees absent for mental health reasons*3
|Percentage of smokers*4
|Obesity percentage (BMI≧25) Men (Aged 20–69)*4
|Obesity percentage (BMI≧25) Women (Aged 40–69)*4
|Percentage who have had cancer screening*5
- *3Scope: NEC Corporation
- *4Scope: NEC Corporation and 24 consolidated subsidiaries in Japan
- *5Scope: NEC Corporation and 27 companies belonging to the NEC Health Insurance Association
Countermeasures for Transmissible Diseases
At NEC, we have established a consultation window on transmissible diseases at wellness promotion centers, and we also provide financial assistance for seasonal influenza vaccinations.
When employees are sent on assignment abroad, we make them aware of the need to be careful and receive vaccinations for transmissible diseases that are commonly seen in the local area, including transmissible diseases that require notification such as tuberculosis and malaria. In addition, we pay careful attention to employees’ health management after their return to Japan.
Response to COVID-19
Please refer to the section on business continuity.
Labour Accidents and Disasters
Labour accidents at NEC Corporation are mostly minor, such as tripping on stairs at train stations or falling on the street during business trips or sales calls. As such, there have been no major accidents. In addition, we have not identified any instances of serious violations of laws and regulations from related organizations.
When a labour accident occurs, the person responsible for monitoring labour accidents checks on the status of the person or persons affected by the accident, determines the cause, and implements measures to prevent a recurrence as needed, as laid out in the Company’s escalation rules. Even for minor labour accidents such as tripping or falling, the details and countermeasures are shared throughout the Company via the OH&S Committee, the intranet, and other means. We strive to prevent labour accidents that could be caused by natural disasters, for example, calling on employees to remain at home or to return home early if a typhoon or heavy snowfall is forecast.
Changes in frequency rate and severity rate
*Third party assurance received for fiscal 2020 in the respective fiscal years.
*Third party assurance received for fiscal 2020 in the respective fiscal years.