Promoting Employee Health

Basic Stance

Good physical and mental health provides the source for working in a lively and energetic manner and is essential for ensuring the happiness of our employees and their families. DENSO positions promoting the health of its employees as an important management task and is therefore moving forward with “health and productivity management.”* DENSO announced its Health Declaration in September 2016. At the same time, to encourage activities that promote employee health and raise the level of health awareness in the workplace, DENSO is working to enhance its health-related initiatives from the perspective of both physical and mental.

* The term “health and productivity management” is a registered trademark of the Workshop for the Management of Health on Company and Employee.

DENSO Health Declaration

DENSO believes that good physical and mental health allows its employees to fully demonstrate their individual capabilities and personalities, which in turn further invigorates the Company as a whole. DENSO also believes that the happiness and passion that stem from being in good physical and mental health provide the driving force for energizing the Company and helping it attract new talent. In addition to enhancing the health-related initiatives we have thus far promoted, we hereby declare our intention to create a company in which employees can maintain good health and work in an energetic fashion. In doing so, we will realize our management principle of “corporate vitality and respect for individuality.”

Koji Arima
President & CEO
DENSO Corporation
September 23, 2016

In addition, to promote health management at all DENSO Group companies, we formulated the “DENSO Group Health and Productivity Management Basic Principle” (February 2019). DENSO Group companies will share this basic principle, and implement activities suited to the current conditions in each country and region.  Accordingly, we will strive to improve each associate's health awareness (Health Literacy) and create more comfortable working environments.

Denso Group Health and Productivity Management Basic Principle

The DENSO Group believes that good physical and mental health allows our associates to fully demonstrate their individual capabilities and personalities, which in turn further invigorates the company as a whole. We also believe that the happiness and passion that stem from being in good physical and mental health will attract people and provide the driving force for energizing the company. To realize the DENSO basic principle of "corporate vitality and respect for individuality” we aim to become a company where every associates can work in a healthy and energetic working environment.

1. Improving the health of each associates

We strive to provide information and opportunities for increasing our associates' health awareness(health literacy) so that all associates can take control of their own health and develop healthy behavior (appropriate diet and fitness habits, non-smoking, etc.).

2. Establishing a more associate-friendly work environment

We strive to establish a comfortable working environment that is friendly to every associates and enables diverse talent working at the DENSO Group to play an active role. Create a corporate culture that enables all associates to care about each other's health by encouraging communication through workplace management.

3. Promoting group-wide activities

We believe that continuing to pursue activities placing health as an important business challenge provides a driving force for building a company that continues to create new values and inspiring to society. The DENSO Group will share this basic principle, and implement activities suited to current conditions in each country and region.

Promotion Structure

The Healthcare Promotion Div. and related divisions have organized “Health Care Committee” to promote health promotion measures in DENSO.

We assign a "health leader" in each division, formulate an annual plan for health promotion (Health Action plan), work on health promotion with colleagues, work to improve personal health awareness (Health Literacy) and activate the organization.

In addition, we support the group companies in and outside Japan appropriately, based on the hygiene situation and medical environment in each region and country, thereby promoting mental and physical health of our associates.

Specific Initiatives

The Company has adopted improvements in employee awareness of health promotion and the promotion of health management in the workplace as its Mid-term Policy 2018 and has also incorporated the approach of “health and productivity management.”* To that end, we are working to strengthen promotion structures Companywide and enhance the health promotion activities already in place.

Status of certifications related to health management

1.Health and Productivity Stock Selection

  • DENSO CORPORATION

2.Superior Health & Productivity Companies

Large-scale companies
  • DENSO CORPORATION
  • DENSO Health Insurance Association
  • DENSO Pension Found
  • DENSO Iwate Corporation
  • ANDEN CO., LTD.
  • DENSO Kyushu Corporation
  • DENSO TEN LTD.
  • DENSO SOLUTION JAPAN Corporation
  • DENSO IT SOLUTIONS, INC.
  • DENSO KATSUYAMA CO., LTD.
  • SOKEN, INC.
  • DENSO FACILITIES Corporation
  • DENSO AIRCOOL Corporation
  • DENSO FA YAMAGATA CO., LTD.
Small and medium-sized companies
  • DENSO WELL Corporation
  • DENSO POWERTRAIN TECHNOLOGIES Corporation
  • DENSO CREATE, INC.
  • DENSO MTEC Corporation
  • DENSO LOGITEM Corporation

Initiatives of DENSO CORPORATION

Mental Healthcare

We are promoting a wide range of initiatives to promptly identify employees dealing with mental health issues and provide them with the care that they need.

(1)Establishment of Mental Health Consultation Offices (Gradual establishment Groupwide since fiscal 2001)

We have in place a structure that allows employees to receive consultation from expert medical staff on a 24-hour basis. Through this structure, we provide mental health support that is closely connected to the workplace.

(2)Implementation of Stress Checks and Follow-up Care

Since fiscal 2014, we have been implementing mental health checks, thereby establishing an environment where employees can check their stress levels in advance of the revisions to the Industrial Safety and Health Act. In addition to reporting the results of these checks to each individual employee, we relay the results of our workplace stress analysis at each office in an effort to provide further support for the mental health of our employees. Additionally, we hold one-on-one meetings with employees who are under particularly high levels of stress in order to promptly provide them with care.

Status of Mental Health Check Implementation

 

2017

2018

Number of employees receiving checks (percentage)

44,100(97.1%)

44,481(97.1%)

 

(3)Establishment of Support Systems for Returning to Work (Introduced in Fiscal 2006)

To ensure that employees who have taken long leaves of absences due to physical or mental illness can make a smooth return to the workplace, we have established a support structure for returning to work under which occupational physicians and expert medical staff coordinate closely with the supervisors of such employees.

(4)Mental Health Training

We hold training based on case studies for our managerial personnel, which is provided by occupational physicians. We have also incorporated a mental health-related curriculum in our training for new hires.

Results of Case Study-Based Training for Managerial Personnel in Fiscal 2019

Participants

449

Number of sessions held

4 per year

Training time

105 minutes

Promoting Measures to Alleviate Metabolic Syndrome

As ameliorative measures for those suffering from metabolic syndrome, a lifestyle-related disease, we have established a system for receiving specific health guidance from in-house experts during work hours.

(1) Promoting “Health Day” Training

To improve the health awareness of our employees, it is important to have them understand and thoroughly reflect on the conditions of their physical and mental health.

For employees who are approaching 39 years of age, we conduct a one-day training session called “Health Day.” In this training, employees undergo a health examination, measure their physical strength, receive instruction on health maintenance and healthy eating habits, and participate in educational activities. Employees also set health-related goals for their 40s.

Health lecture
Balance assessment
Physical fitness test
Exercises for back pain

(2) Nutrition education activities that make use of the employee cafeteria

By implementing nutrition education activities that make use of the employee cafeteria, we are creating opportunities for employees to raise their awareness toward health and balanced nutrition and improve their own dietary habits.

Since 2010, we have been offering a healthy lunch set for employees and providing them with information on nutrition.

Do! Healthy Menu
Providing information through a tabletop display
Providing information related to seasonings and salt content

(3) Activities to Decrease Smoking Rates

To reduce the health-related risks from smoking and prevent secondhand smoke, we have been engaging in a Companywide project since fiscal 2012 that promotes efforts to discourage smoking. As part of our environmental efforts, we put in place a total indoor smoking ban (slated to be completed in fiscal 2019) and strictly enforce a no-smoking policy during work hours in an effort to reduce health risks. We also hold seminars on how to stop smoking and have introduced outpatient treatment for employees trying to quit. In these ways, we are implementing a variety of activities aimed at improving the rate of non-smokers.

Trend in Non-Smoking Rates (Male Employees)
Poster for Decreasing Smoking

(4) Efforts to prevent and treat cancer

The sooner that cancer is detected and treated, the better the chances of recovery are for the patient. Accordingly, to ensure that employees are able to realize changes in their bodies at an early stage, we conduct various cancer examinations in-house. Going forward, we will promote efforts to help reduce the health risks caused by cancer.

1966~ Chest X-ray: Lung cancer; Barium swallow test: Stomach and esophagus cancer, etc.

1985~ Abdominal echo: Liver and kidney cancer, etc.

1995~ Fecal occult blood test: Large intestine cancer

2017~ Examination bus: Breast and cervical cancer

(5) Health Festival (collaborative project with DENSO WORKERS’ UNION)

As a collaborative effort with the DENSO WORKERS’ UNION, we provide opportunities for employees to give consideration to their health by holding health-related events in which employees and their families can easily participate. Additionally, we made these events open to the public with the aim of promoting the health of local community members.

The major health check items offered at these events include: (1) simple physical strength test, (2) body balance test, (3) measurement of the sole of the foot, (4) measurement of visceral fat, (5) measurement of blood vessel age, (6) measurement of bone density, (7) measurement of skin age, (8) measurement of brain age, (9) measurement of lung age, (10) intraoral camera examination, etc.

Number of participants in main activities

Activity

Walking

Lectures

Health check (14 items)

Number of participants

867

320

6,000 (aggregate total)

 

(6)Holding of Month-Long Session for Promoting Employee Health (January 2019)

To encourage proper exercise habits and raise health awareness among employees during winter, when people are less active and have more opportunities to eat and drink, we held a month-long session for promoting employee health. This month-long session consisted of numerous events, including a weight measurement contest held outside our employee cafeteria and a contest where employees made teams to see who could take the most steps [per day/over the course of the month]. We intend to hold another month-long session during the same month in 2020 and onward. 

Number of Main Participants

Content

Walking contest

Health checks(body composition, vascular age, and bone density)

Health seminars(cancer treatment and quitting smoking)

Campaign to stop smoking

Number of participants

2,781

(257 teams)

1,926 (cumulative total)

158 (cumulative total)

138

Health check
Health seminar
Number of footsteps registered using the DENSO Health Station app, developed in-house

Measures to Prevent Infectious Diseases

As an effort to prepare for the outbreak of an influenza pandemic, relevant divisions of the Company have formulated a basic policy and response manual from the perspective of preventing infection. In the event that such a pandemic occurs, we will promote the necessary infection prevention measures. In addition, for seasonal influence we are raising awareness on prevention using four healthy habits (washing hands, covering mouth when coughing, etc.) and are distributing flu vaccinations to people at a particularly high risk of infection. We have also determined steps employees should take when they come down with a fever in an effort to prevent illnesses from spreading.

Establishment of the Health Management Indicator “Lifestyle Score”

We have established an original health indicator, “Lifestyle Score,” which provides a score for the lifestyle habits of each individual employee using data obtained from health exams. The Companywide Lifestyle Score average has been established as a management target. Based on their lifestyle scores, we distribute written notifications to employees that contain advice on their strengths and weaknesses as well as information on how they compare to employees of the same age and what kinds of efforts they should make in the future. In this way, we raise the health awareness of our employees. Furthermore, we make office health leaders aware of the lifestyle scores for their respective workplace, thereby enabling them to formulate effective health action plans.

By raising the percentage of employees with healthy lifestyle habits, these activities aim to increase our Companywide average Lifestyle Score by 10% compared with fiscal 2018.

Contributions to Local Communities and Affiliated Companies

We implement the following activities to contribute to health-related initiatives aimed at local communities and affiliated companies.

(1)Blood donation activities

Since 1966, we have supported the blood donation activities of the Japanese Red Cross Society to contribute to the treatment of patients who need blood due to illness or injury. We also encourage our employees to volunteer to give blood at mobile blood donation stations.

(2)Health lectures, panel exhibits, and opportunities for health-related measurements (at General Meeting of Suppliers)

For our suppliers, who represent important business partners, we offer health lectures and panel exhibits via our industrial physicians and introduce the health-related activities of various offices. We also provide opportunities for our suppliers to receive health-related measurements such as body composition measurements. In these ways, we strive to make our health-related efforts well known and help support the health of our suppliers.

Future Initiatives

With the aim of fostering a corporate climate where employees can continue to work in a healthy and energetic manner, the DENSO Group continues to support the creation of healthy lifestyles and is making strides in creating work environments that are safe, secure, and fulfilling. In addition, we will share policies with Group companies in Japan and overseas and undertake initiatives with the aim of strengthening our Groupwide health management. At the same time, we will create a corporate culture based on health-related themes to promote optimal health policies and encourage healthy lifestyles.