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Policy

Marubeni Group Health Declaration

The Marubeni Group has established the following Marubeni Group Health Declaration based on the Marubeni Group Basic Policy on Occupational Health and Safety.

Marubeni Group Health Declaration

Employees are a vital asset for the Marubeni Group, and their health is of paramount importance. Therefore, the Marubeni Group considers the maintenance and improvement of employee health to be a top management priority.
The Marubeni Group supports employees’ success by working to create an environment where each individual can autonomously and proactively take steps to maintain and promote their health. These efforts will lead to the growth of the Marubeni Group.

Health and Productivity Management Strategy Map

To put our Marubeni Group Health Declaration into practice, we will use the various indicators in the health and productivity management strategy map and track the progress of our health management efforts.

Structures and Systems

Marubeni Health Promotion Structure

Marubeni has established the “Marubeni Health Promotion Structure,” which is under the responsibility of the director in charge of the Human Resources Department. This system promotes health and productivity management through the coordination of four groups: occupational physicians (Company Medical Clinics), the Health Insurance Association, the Human Resources Department, and Health and Productivity Management Promotion Officers selected from among the Company’s employees. Representatives of these groups gather at a Health Management Promotion Meeting to review health management measures and discuss future initiatives. The Health Management Promotion Committee, which is made up of representatives from occupational physicians (Company Medical Clinics), the Health Insurance Association, and the Human Resources Department, meets twice a year to discuss the Health Insurance Association’s health programs, various health management initiatives, and other matters relating to occupational health and safety in general.

The term “health and productivity management” is a registered trademark of the NPO Kenkokeiei Kenkyukai.

Officer in Charge Jun Horie (Senior Managing Executive Officer, CAO; Chief Operating Officer, Human Resources Dept.; Chief Heath Management Officer)
Committee in Charge The Health Management Promotion Committee, Health Management Promotion Meeting
Department in Charge Human Resources Dept.

Marubeni Health Promotion Structure

In addition, a legally mandated Health Committee is chaired by the Chief Health and Safety Supervisor (General Manager of the Human Resources Department) and comprises members including the Health Supervisor, Company Medical Clinics (occupational physicians), Health and Productivity Management Promotion Officers in each Business Division and the Corporate Staff Group, representatives of the labor union, and the Health Insurance Association. The committee meets once a month to discuss various issues including health management and health and productivity management initiatives, improving the working environment, measures to tackle long working hours, and countermeasures for occupational accidents.

Marubeni Health Project Indicators

Taking regular health checkups have an extremely significant role in the early discovery and early treatment of diseases. Thus, achieving a 100% participation rate for regular health checkups is one of Marubeni's Health Project Indicators, and the results are reviewed annually. By establishing metrics and implementing various measures, we will aim for solutions to health issues. In FYE 3/2023, we took thorough measures to ensure that employees undergo regular health checkups, aiming for the early discovery and early treatment of diseases. This resulted in 100% of employees who underwent regular health checkups (employees working in Japan) and greater health awareness among employees.
To confirm if the series of health and productivity management initiatives lead to solutions towards management issues, we also check indicators such as employee engagement on a regular basis.

Item Target Status of Achievement
(FYE 3/2023)
Regular Health Checkup Rate (Employees Working in Japan) 100% Each Year 100%
Regular Health Checkup Rate (Employees Working Overseas) 100% Each Year 99.7%
Rate of Employees Undergoing Stress Check Tests 90% or More Each Year 95.5%

Additionally, we set targets regarding the implementation rate of specific health guidance (year-on-year increase), rate of employees undergoing specific health guidance (year-on-year decrease) and smoking rate (year-on-year decrease).

Initiatives

Marubeni Health Improvement Project

Under the Marubeni Health Improvement Project, Marubeni continues to implement various initiatives based on four key themes:

  1. Improving Health Literacy
  2. Strengthening Countermeasures Against Cancer and Lifestyle-related Diseases
  3. Strengthening Mental Health Measures
  4. Strengthening Initiatives for Maintaining and Promoting Women’s Health
1. Improving Health Literacy

In cooperation with the Health Insurance Association and occupational physicians, Marubeni implements initiatives to improve employees’ health literacy.

Measures (Initial Fiscal Year) Overview
Introduction of Shingles Vaccination Assistance (FYE 3/2024) Subsidized the cost of inoculation to prevent the onset and severity of shingles.
Establishment and Announcement of Health-related Index (FYE 3/2020) Set and announced health indicators that the company values as “Marubeni Health Improvement Project Indicators.” Utilize these indicators for consistent consideration of measures based on fixed-point reviews.
Participated in Corporate Actions Promoting Measures Against Cancer (FYE 3/2020) Encouraged cancer screenings by distributing pamphlets and displaying posters.
Utilizing Health Management App (FYE 3/2020) Improved health literacy of employees and their families using health management app.
Introduced an App for Health Consultations and Doctor/Hospital Referrals (FYE 3/2020) Conducted consultations on disease symptoms and health in chat-based format and referrals to doctors and hospitals according to the individual’s preferences.
Implementing Walking Events (FYE 3/2019) Held walking events in conjunction with the health management app.
Participation Rate of Regular Health Checkups Strengthening efforts to achieve 100% participation in regular health checkups (FYE 3/2019.) Focused efforts on ensuring participation in legally mandated regular health examinations, which play a significant role in early discovery and early treatment of disease. Recommended participation to every employee yet to have a health checkup to achieve 100% participation every year.
Also focused efforts on increasing participation in thorough checkups among employees who were found to need these checkups.
In FYE 3/2023, participation in thorough checkups increased 24% year on year.
Strengthening Initiatives to Provide Healthy Menu Options at the Company Cafeteria (FYE 3/2019) Held a health promotion campaign, provided special menu options to support blood donation, and labeled nutritional information.
Conducted Health Seminars (FYE 3/2018) Conducted seminars on various topics including oral healthcare, prevention of decreased physical function, etc., by outside experts to raise employee health awareness.
2. Strengthening Countermeasures Against Cancer and Lifestyle-related Diseases

Among our measures to maintain and promote health, we focus on countermeasures against cancer and lifestyle-related diseases and are implementing the following initiatives.

Measures (Initial Fiscal Year) Overview
Introduction of Advanced Medical Treatment Support System (FYE 3/2024) Support for the cost of advanced medical treatment as defined by the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare.
Introduced Fully Subsidized Colonoscopies (FYE 3/2024), Neurological Checkups (FYE 3/2016) and Comprehensive Medical Checkups (FYE 3/2015) For employees aged 35 and over, the Company subsidizes comprehensive medical checkups received at external medical institutions up to a maximum amount of 60,000 yen. This amount covers most of the cost for ordinary comprehensive medical checkups.
In addition, the Company subsidizes neurological checkups for employees aged 45, 50, 55, and 60.
Introduction of Tumor Marker Tests (FYE 3/2021) Added tumor marker tests to the regular health checkups for employees who are aged 35 and older to support the early detection of cancer.
Expansion of Cancer Screening Subsidies (FYE 3/2021) Expanded screening subsidies for prostate cancer, uterine cancer, and breast cancer to support early detection.
Strengthening Anti-smoking Measures (FYE 3/2019) Expansion of smoking cessation treatment cost subsidies, implementation of smoking cessation treatment programs, and introduction of smoking cessation app.
Strengthening Measures for Employees Eligible for Specific Health Guidance (FYE 3/2019) Provided health and nutrition guidance from occupational physicians, public health nurses, and registered dieticians at our company medical clinic not only to employees aged 40 and above who qualify for specific health checkups but also to younger employees. To improve the rate of employees receiving guidance, the HR Department recommends eligible employees to take medical examinations.
Implementation of Sleep Apnea Syndrome (SAS) Treatment Program at Company Medical Clinic (FYE 3/2018) Started sleep apnea syndrome screening and treatment at our company medical clinic.
Implementation of “Three-month Intensive Program” (FYE 3/2018) Aimed at Improving Lifestyle and Exercise Habits With a total of eight lectures and exercises, this program aims to eliminate metabolic syndrome through daily dietary guidance and exercise. 23 employees participated in the program and 90% of these employees completed it in FYE 3/2023. The percentage of employees who maintained a healthy weight was 69.9% in FYE 3/2021, 69.8% in FYE 3/2022 and 68.3% in FYE 3/2023. The percentage of employees who maintained exercise habits was 34.8% in FYE 3/2021, 38.7% in FYE 3/2022, and 38.4% in FYE 3/2023.
Strengthening Health Guidance from Registered Dieticians (FYE 3/2011) Established a system for registered dieticians to provide specialized nutritional management and guidance, etc., at our company medical clinic.
Strengthening Health Guidance from Public Health Nurses (FYE 3/2009) Established a system for public health nurses to provide individual health guidance and consultations, etc., at our company medical clinic.
Introduction of H. Pylori Testing (FYE 3/2009) Added H. pylori test to health examination to enhance early detection and medical care for diseases such as stomach cancer.
Implementation of Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C Testing (late 1990s) Added viral hepatitis testing to health examination to enhance prevention and early detection of cirrhosis and liver cancer.
3. Strengthening Mental Health Measures

Marubeni recognizes mental health as an important issue for improving occupational health and safety and is taking the following measures for employees and their families.

Measures (Initial Fiscal Year) Overview
Implementation of Mindfulness Seminars (FYE 3/2024) Held seminars for employees to learn measures for stress reduction and mental and physical self-care by external experts.
Introduction of Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Services; Promotion of EAP Service Use; Trial Counseling Implementation (FYE 3/2019) Established external counselor consultation service, available to employees and their families on a 24-hour, year-round basis (EAP Services).
Offered counseling sessions on a trial basis to all new employees and newly appointed section general managers in order to raise awareness of EAP services and strengthen self-care and awareness/care from managers. Also, provided online self-check and mental health study programs and articles to promote accurate knowledge and awareness of mental health care and to assist employees in monitoring their own mental condition. Sent information on the use of EAP services to employees returning from childcare leave and those working long hours.
Implementing Stress Checks (FYE 3/2017) Conducted stress checks for employees at all offices in Japan and overseas (including seconded employees), including offices where there is no legal requirement. The percentage of employees with high stress in FYE 3/2023 was 8.6%.
Expansion of Examination Times for Mental Health Outpatients at Company Medical Clinics (FYE 3/2007) Increased number of examination times for mental-health related outpatients from one to two times a week.
Mental Health Care-related Training (FYE 3/2007) Conducted training related to mental health care for new employees, line managers, employees posted overseas and their families.
Created and distributed a manual with information about mental health care and consultation service.
4. Strengthening Initiatives for Maintaining and Promoting Women’s Health

Recognizing that the maintenance and improvement of women’s health is a new challenge, Marubeni will continue strengthening the following initiatives going forward.

Measures (Initial Fiscal Year) Overview
Trial Introduction of Femtech Program (Menstruation and Menopause Support) (FYE 3/2023) To create an environment where women can work actively from the time they join the company until they retire, the Company offers seminars tailored to stages in women’s lives. We also provide online medical consultations, advice, medication guidance, and prescriptions for issues related to menstruation and menopause. Among program participants, work performance during periods of discomfort associated with menstruation and menopause improved by 17% compared to before their participation in the program. In FYE 3/2023, 96 employees participated in the menstruation-related program and 60 employees participated in the menopause-related program.
Also held a seminar on women’s physical health by a specialist physician. The percentage of positive survey answers regarding the participants’ satisfaction and understanding was 100%.
The total amount of expenses for the menstruation-related and menopause-related programs is approx. 13 million yen per year.
Introduction of Tumor Marker Tests (FYE 3/2021) Added tumor marker tests to the regular health checkups for employees aged 35 years and older and supported the early detection of cancer.
Expansion of Subsidies for Uterine and Breast Cancer Screening (FYE 3/2021) Expanded subsidies for uterine and breast cancer screening. Approximately 50% of female employees underwent uterine and breast cancer screenings in FYE 3/2023.
Implementation of Seminars to Raise Literacy Regarding Maintaining and Promoting Women’s Health (FYE 3/2019) Held seminars by external experts to increase awareness of all employees regarding maintaining and promoting women’s health.
Establishment of Dedicated Health Consultation Service for Women (FYE 3/2019) Established a consultation service for women’s health issues.
Dissemination of Articles on “Maintaining and Promoting Women’s Health Maintenance” to All Employees (FYE 3/2019) Used company-wide notification system to spread knowledge about maintaining and promoting women’s health to all employees.

Other Policies and Initiatives

Appropriate Working Hour Management and Leave Policies

The Marubeni Group has established the following policies and initiatives regarding working hour management in order to realize sustainable growth through improved productivity and a working style that takes into consideration the safety and health of our employees.

Policies

  • Reducing long working hours and ensuring proper working hour management.
  • Marubeni creates a work environment where employees can maintain and care for their health, engage in work with enhanced well-being, and produce high quality results efficiently.

Initiatives

  • Establishing Guidelines
    From the perspective of occupational safety (i.e. health management), our guidelines stipulate compliance under Article 36 of the Labor Standards Act, the reduction of long working hours, appropriate working hour management, and monitoring working hours for those in management and supervisory roles, who are traditionally outside the scope of working hour management.
  • Addressing Employees with Longer Working Hours
    At Marubeni, the Human Resources Department regularly conducts individual interviews with departments that consistently register long working hours to check on which measures they are taking to improve this situation. This helps reduce the number of employees who are constantly working long hours.
  • Establishment of Special Leave Systems
    In addition to annual paid leave, Marubeni also offers its own unique special leave systems, such as all-season special leave, family support leave, and recharge leave. Every employee is encouraged to concentrate fully on work during work hours and to take time to fully relax during vacation periods.
Measures to Prevent COVID-19 Infection

Our number one priority is to ensure the safety and health of our employees and stakeholders, and we are striving to achieve a balance between the prevention of the spread of infection and our business activities by thoroughly establishing appropriate behaviors and working environments. Based on the policies and guidelines set forth by the government and local authorities, we have established and informed our employees of policies such as attendance at work, business trips, and dinners, and in the event of an outbreak of illness or infection among employees, we place the highest priority on preventing the spread of infection.
In FYE 3/2022, COVID-19 vaccinations were provided at the workplace three times in total, targeting employees of the Tokyo Head Office and group companies. The third vaccination was also offered to families of Marubeni employees.

Establishment of Company Medical Clinics

The company medical clinics at the Tokyo Head Office and Osaka Branch play an important role in promoting health management. At the Tokyo Head Office medical clinic, specialist departments for internal medicine, dermatology, radiology, neuropsychiatric, and dental services are available for employees at any time. Regular annual and specified health examinations are conducted by the company medical clinics, and based on the results, employees can receive follow-up services, including re-testing and other treatment for lifestyle diseases, as well as health guidance from an occupational physician, public health nurse, or registered dietician.

Initiatives on Global Health Issues

Marubeni is expanding its business around the world. HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria are serious problems in some of these countries/regions.
We take appropriate and timely measures against infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, overseas and in Japan.
Overseas, we strive to collect information and understand situations regarding the outbreak and spread of infectious diseases in collaboration with occupational physicians, based on information provided by the WHO, local authorities, and on-site surveys. Employees and their families receive health examinations prior to travel overseas, as well as vaccinations against infectious diseases that pose a risk at overseas postings. Furthermore, when employees based in Japan travel to areas where there is a high risk of infection, they are given appropriate precautions and business trips are restricted if necessary.
In Japan, we offer vaccinations against influenza to all employees, and our company medical clinics offer vaccinations against infectious diseases such as measles, rubella, and mumps. Furthermore, the Health Insurance Association subsidizes employee vaccinations at external medical institutions.

Group Company Initiatives

Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad), which provides water and wastewater services to the West Zone of the Metropolitan Manila area in the Philippines with a population of 10.5 million, has been conducting programs on health issues, measures to prevent infections, and hygiene education for its employees and local residents.
For its employees, Maynilad provides opportunity of regular physical examinations, in addition, care for their monitoring after physical examination results. From 2009, Maynilad has provided vaccination at reduced price each year for influenza, pneumonia, hepatitis A and B, meningitis, chickenpox, rabies, tetanus, cervical cancer, etc., and in 2022, it vaccinated 1,077 employees and family members.
On-site employees engaged in wastewater service were also provided with rabies and tetanus vaccinations, free of charge.
Education programs for local residents, who are the customers of Maynilad, to deepen their understanding of the importance of hand-washing and maintaining a hygiene environment have also been conducted, while disinfectant alcohol, gloves, masks, etc. were donated to 14 school districts.

  • Lectures to residents of our service area
    Lectures to residents of our service area
  • Lectures to residents of our service area
    Lectures to residents of our service area

Click here to view Maynilad’s initiatives

Support for Expatriates and Their Families

Currently, there are approximately 800 Marubeni employees and around 650 of their family members living overseas on assignment from Japan. Ensuring the health of employees and their families is essential for enabling expatriates to perform at their best.
Before and during overseas assignments, we conduct health examinations and training for employees and their families to get an accurate assessment of their health status and to raise their awareness of disease prevention and health maintenance. We place particular emphasis on health examinations to achieve prevention and early treatment of diseases, and in addition to the legally mandated examination for employees assigned overseas, we require each employee to undertake annual health examinations during their assignments. We aim to achieve close to 100% participation by following up with employees who have not had their examinations, and we are taking measures to ensure that employees continue to take health checkups. We also offer annual health examinations and examinations after repatriation to accompanying family members. If health examination services are not available at the overseas assignment location, our system for subsidizing travel to a nearby area with advanced medical facilities or to Japan ensures peace of mind for our employees. We encourage both employees and their families to consult with occupational physicians regarding examination results and their daily health status.
In the event of a rapid outbreak of COVID-19 or the rapid deterioration of the medical environment in a foreign country, employees and their families posted in that respective country will be repatriated as necessary.
We have systems in place to transport people to a nearby area with advanced medical facilities or to Japan in the case of an emergency so that they can receive necessary treatment. We also partner with specialist organizations to provide nursing care support for employees’ family members who live apart from them in Japan.

Crisis Management Initiatives

We recognize that employees at every business site of the Marubeni Group in Japan and overseas are exposed to various risks, including acts of terrorism, natural disasters, civil unrest, robberies, traffic accidents, aviation accidents, injuries, and diseases. In particular, we have positioned international crisis management as a highly important Company measure. When an incident occurs, the safety of our employees and their families is our primary concern. Accordingly, we strive to foster everyday awareness of crises, and we have established a permanent International Crisis Management Headquarters that is able to respond immediately should a crisis occur.
Specifically, the International Crisis Management Headquarters has prepared a manual summarizing crisis management measures, such as initial actions to be taken in the event of a crisis, and conducts crisis management training for employees who are assigned overseas and their accompanying family members. We have a system in place for gathering and analyzing the latest public security information from areas around the world and share it with the relevant people. In the event of an emergency, we have established a system where relevant parties can centrally manage information and make timely and accurate decisions and actions in cooperation with overseas-based subsidiaries.

Data

Regular Health Checkups and Stress Check Tests

  FYE 3/2021 FYE 3/2022 FYE 3/2023
Ratio of regular health checkup participation (employees working in Japan) 99.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Ratio of regular health checkup participation (employees working overseas) 63.1% 80.1% 99.7%
Rate of employees undergoing stress check tests 91.6% 91.6% 95.5%

Training and Education in Health Management

Training Title Number of Participants
(FYE 3/2021)
Number of Participants
(FYE 3/2022)
Number of Participants
(FYE 3/2023)
General Training / Onboarding for New Employees 115 126 127
Basic Practical Training 132 138 154
Training for New Executive Officers*1 16 0 8
Training for New Dept. GMs 25 28 24
Training for New Section GMs 63 70 61
Administrative Track (Upper Level) Promotion Training 12 22 10
Career Track 4th-year Training*2 0 179 65
Administrative Track 4th-year Training*2 0 47 11
Career Development Training 47 88 89
Training for Recruitment Interviewers 186 180 248
  1. : Training for executive officers taking up their posts in FYE 3/2022 was held in FYE 3/2021, so this is reflected in the figure for FYE 3/2021. Since training for FYE 3/2023 was held in May 2022, the number of participants in FYE 3/2022 is marked as zero.
  2. : The training was suspended during FYE 3/2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and postponed until FYE 3/2022 to implement appropriate COVID-19 prevention measures.

Indicators for Health and Productivity Management

FYE 3/2021 FYE 3/2022 FYE 3/2023
Employee Performance (Presenteeism)*3 82.1%
Absence from Work Due to Health Problems
(Sick Leave) (Absenteeism)*4
1.5 days 1.5 days 1.7 days
Work Engagement*5 65% 64% 75%
  1. : Average of the results to the SPQ (Single-Item Presenteeism Question)
    "On a scale to 100%, where 100% is the best job performance you could have at your job if unimpeded by sickness or injury, how would you rate your overall job performance over the past four weeks?". This measurement started from FYE 3/2023 to assess presenteeism.
  2. : Average number of days of leave due to injury or illness (including temporary leave of absence and absenteeism) for employees based in Japan.
  3. : Affirmative response rate to the work engagement question “I find my work meaningful” on the stress check. Approximately 4,000 employees (95.5% response rate) were surveyed. Additionally, an engagement survey to measure satisfaction with the working environment is conducted regularly and an engagement score is calculated.
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