Health and Productivity Management

Management Approach

Five Initiatives to Promote Employee Health

SEKISUI CHEMICAL Group strives to improve its employees’ physical and mental health based on the idea that employees are valuable resources entrusted to the Group by society. To further advance these initiatives, in March 2019 SEKISUI CHEMICAL formulated a philosophy regarding our goals for health and productivity management* in a Declaration of Health, and establishing the Basic Policy for Health and Productivity Management. SEKISUI CHEMICAL Group positions health as the “Well-being” that is defined in the WHO Charter, aiming for health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being. In working to achieve well-being among all employees and to realize a highly vital, exceptional company as laid out in the Group’s Long-term Vision, we have formulated medium- and long-term goals for five initiatives (see next page).

  • “Health and Productivity Management” is a registered trademark of the NPO Kenkokeiei.
    Awareness of the Declaration of Health rose 12.1% over the previous fiscal year to 64.3%.
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In addition, we are aiming to solve the following management issues through health management.

  • 1.
    Contribute to greater productivity through healthy minds and bodies
  • 2.
    Address the declining birthrate and aging society
  • 3.
    Contribute to a higher engagement score
  • 4.
    Create and foster a well-being culture

Strategy Map

We have created Health and Productivity Management Strategy Map to solve four management issues, and are working to promote employee health while evaluating the expectations and effects of the measures.

Initiative 1. Health Checkups and Measures to Prevent Lifestyle Diseases

SEKISUI CHEMICAL Group collaborates with Sekisui Health Insurance Association to facilitate health and carries out uniform health checkups for all Group companies. From October 2018, we have introduced a common Group-wide health management system.

In addition, from 2015, we developed the Sekisui Health Network (SHN), a system that can respond to business sites of less than 50 people, so we are advancing better health among such small-scale work sites as well.

As a measure to prevent lifestyle diseases, we commenced seven health habit support programs advocated by Dr. Lester Breslow in fiscal 2020. Awareness of the seven health habits within the Group increased 15.1% over the previous fiscal year to 59.7%, while the ratio of employees practicing at least four of the seven health habits increased 0.7% to 59.0%. We aim to achieve 100% awareness and ensure all employees practice at least four of the health habits by fiscal 2022.

  • Note:
    Collaborative health refers to cooperation between companies and insurers including health insurance association and joint efforts to improve the health of workers and their families effectively and efficiently.

Initiative 2. Mental Health

SEKISUI CHEMICAL Group is taking the following initiatives as measures to support mental health.

1. Utilizing Stress Checks
SEKISUI CHEMICAL Group strives to maximally leverage the stress checks that are provided for in law. Specifically, it undertakes obligatory efforts at population analysis and work environment improvements as an element of its Group-wide stress checks for employees, including those working at business sites with fewer than 50 employees. Since fiscal 2019, the Group has made it a requirement to conduct population analyses within the Group, where the HR’s welfare and health support group, the Health Promotion Office (hereafter, the Health Promotion Office), conducts a population analysis across the entire Group. Similarly, 84% of all business sites conducted a population analysis on a site basis in fiscal 2020. With the support of the Health Promotion Office workplace environment improvements were made at two sites in two companies in fiscal 2020.

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    Taken from the group training session for creating heathy and vibrant workplaces conducted in fiscal 2019 (currently being conducted online).

2. Web-based Stress Management Training
We are conducting stress management training for newly appointed managerial staff, mid-career hires, and overseas assignees who experience considerable change in their environments. This training is proving effective as stress self-control indicators appeared to rise compared to before the training was implemented. In order to make it easier to undergo training, we changed the medium from a telephone- to a web-based system from fiscal 2020.

3. Enhanced Consultation Centers Where Employees Can Comfortably Seek Advice
We have established consultation centers that are available to any employee of SEKISUI CHEMICAL Group, regardless of employment format, thus strengthening a safety-net function.

Initiative 3. Systems and Workplaces Where People Can Work with Peace of Mind There

There are a variety of existing factors at workplaces that may hinder health, including chemical substances, work approach, noise and others. To counter these factors, we are undertaking activities across the Group through the utilization of an occupational health and safety management system. In addition, not only for those employees who are healthy, we are also striving to enhance a range of internal systems that take into consideration an environment to work in with peace of mind for those with medical conditions as well.

Initiative 4. Group-wide Initiatives

Health management promotion is a Group-wide effort at Sekisui Chemical, and for that reason, we are moving forward with Group application of the Health and Productivity Management Organization, in the large enterprise category. Our efforts with this increased the number of subsidiary companies to which this applied to, from five companies in fiscal 2017, to 30 in fiscal 2020. This recognition applies to groups where their companies have conducted a pre-assessment, and undertaken activities to increase the level of health. In cases where the pre-assessment indicates areas that are lacking, the Health Promotion Office provides support by building a framework, or through other measures. Steps were taken to initiate information exchange meetings among applicable companies from fiscal 2019.Each company has established specific health management targets with the Health Promotion Office collating levels of achievement.
In addition, we have appointed people responsible for, and others in charge of health management at approximately 300 business sites, covering the entire Group. This represents our efforts to build a structure in which steady measures can be put in place to advance health management.

Initiative 5. Increase Motivation and Productivity

With the intent to achieve productivity indicators, together with the visualization of productivity increases made through health promotion, we are steadily implementing the four above initiatives with the aim of raising motivation and productivity.
SEKISUI CHEMICAL began measuring presenteeism*1 and absenteeism*2 from fiscal 2019. We conducted three separate surveys regarding working from the home, which expanded as a result of the effects of COVID-19. The results showed a decline in presenteeism, so we aggressively deployed IT infrastructure improvements and other measures for working from the home. Presenteeism has generally worsened compared to fiscal 2019 and we will continue to closely observe this trend given the potential that the COVID-19 pandemic is one of the factors for this. Absenteeism improved by 0.35 days from fiscal 2019 to fiscal 2020.

  • *1 Presenteeism:
    A condition in which performance that should be inherently exerted deteriorates due to a physical or mental disorder.
  • *2 Absenteeism:
    Absence from work due to a variety of factors including illness or poor health.

Starting in fiscal 2021, we will focus on the following six items as the primary KPI among the 21 KPI.

  • Ratio of employees considered high-risk
  • Implementation ratio of the seven health habits (at least four)
  • Ratio of employees in an ideal health condition (start in fiscal 2021)
  • Implementation ratio of workplace environment improvements
  • Ratio of employees on prolonged absence due to mental health issues
  • Subjective well-being indicators (start in fiscal 2021)
  FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020
Awareness of the Declaration of Health for SEKISUI CHEMICAL Group (%) - - 52.5 64.3
Awareness of the 7 health habits (%) - - 44.6 59.7
Implementation of 4 or more of the 7 health habits (%) - - 58.3 59.0
Group application of the Health and Productivity Management Organization, in the large enterprise category (number of companies) 5 20 28 30
Presenteeism (%) - - 81.1 65.5
Absenteeism (days) - - 1.62 1.27
Major Initiatives

Seven Health Habits Support Program

Launched in fiscal 2020, this program is based on the seven health habits advocated by Dr. Lester Breslow, and is intended to extend the healthy life-expectancy of employees and to help them approach work in an invigorated manner. We established standards for appropriate habits under each of the seven items of “Breakfast,” “Snacks,” “Exercise,” Weight,” “Sleep,” “Smoking,” and “Drinking,” and aim for all employees to practice at least six of these items by 2028.

The Health Promotion Office began an e-learning program in fiscal 2019 as support for acquiring information on appropriate health habits and for putting these into practice. The Office introduces appropriate health habits under each item and conducts surveys to track the prevalence of health habits over time. In fiscal 2020 we also introduced a health promotion app (hereafter, Seven Crown App). As an approach to informing employees of the program, we distribute cards with a scratch-off campaign for employees to carry.

During fiscal 2020 we organized walking events in October and February with a total of 1,244 participants. Moreover, we grant activity points to encourage employees to use the app long-term as a means of helping maintain and promote health. Prizes are also offered depending on the number of points acquired. Employees who use the app have commented that although they put on weight after starting to work from the home, using the app led them to become more aware of their health and to successfully lose weight. Meanwhile, others commented they enjoy participating in the events each time. As such, the approach provides support that helps employees maintain and improve their health while having fun.

In addition, a statistical analysis revealed that users of the app experienced longer sleep times and a higher awareness of the seven health habits than non-users.

Going forward we will promote activities in aims of ensuring that all employees are fully aware of the seven health habits and that 100% of employees practice at least four of the seven health habits by fiscal 2022.

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Efforts to address women's health issues (e-learning for all employees)

SEKISUI CHEMICAL Group has been conducting "Women's Health" e-learning for all employees since fiscal 2019, in addition to health classes limited to women. We aim to build a workplace culture in which all employees understand that there are biological health issues peculiar to women and can support each other.

Workplace Environment Improvement Activities

We are conducting workplace environment improvement activities with a focus on workplaces with overall health risk scores of 120 or more based on the results of population analysis of stress checks conducted in fiscal 2020. The burden of the workplace environment is especially large for production plants, and one example of this is the A site, at which over 50% of employees complain of back pain.

Accordingly, we are focusing on handling of heavy objects and workplace posture, evaluating the back pain risks for each process, and carrying out improvement activities with the goal of reducing back pain and the burden of operations.

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    • Working posture photography used to examine the impact of working posture on health.

Certified as a 2021 Health and Productivity Stock and 2021 Health and Productivity Management Organization in the Large Enterprise Category (“White 500”)

SEKISUI CHEMICAL Group was recognized for its Companywide efforts to resolve issues relating to the health of its employees and was certified as a 2021 Health and Productivity Stock. Along with 30 affiliated companies in Japan, the Group was certified as a 2021 Health and Productivity Management Organization in the large enterprise category (“White 500”) for the fifth year in a row.

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Performance Data
Companies receiving certification Name of company certified together
with the Company
described on the left
Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd. SEKISUI MEDICAL CO., LTD.
Hokkaido Sekisui Heim Industry Co., Ltd.
Sekisui Heim Tohoku Co., Ltd.
Tohoku SEKISUI HEIM Real Estate Co., Ltd.
Sekisui Heim Industry Co., Ltd.
Tokyo Sekisui Heim Co. Ltd.
Tokyo Sekisui Famis Co., Ltd.
Sekisui Heim Chubu Co., Ltd.
Sekisui Heim Kinki Co., Ltd.
Sekisui Famis Kinki Co., Ltd.
Sekisui Heim Chushikoku Co., Ltd.
Sekisui Famis Chushikoku Co., Ltd.
Chushikoku SEKISUI HEIM Real Estate Co., Ltd.
Chushikoku Sekisui Heim Industry Co., Ltd.
Sekisui Heim Kyushu Co., Ltd.
Sekisui famis kyusyu Co., Ltd.
Kyusyu SEKISUI HEIM Real Estate Co., Ltd.
Kyushu Sekisui Heim Industry Co., Ltd.
Chiba Sekisui Industry Co., Ltd.
Nishinihon Sekisui Industry Co., Ltd.
Sekisui Home Techno Co., Ltd.
Sekisui Seikei, Ltd.
Shikoku Sekisui Co., Ltd.
Kyushu Sekisui Industry Co., Ltd.
Sekisui Hinomaru Co., Ltd.
Sekisui Material Solutions Co., Ltd.
Sekisui Fuller Company, Ltd.
  • Note:
    From the list of corporations certified as 2020 Health and Productivity Management Organizations in the Large Enterprises (“White 500”) category

Stress-check Examination Rate

  FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020
Examination Rate (%) 72.0 81.9 87.1 92.5 93.9
  • Note:
    Scope of stress-check implementation: Companies that are members of the Sekisui Health Insurance Association (including some affiliates)