Health and Safety

Initiatives for Industrial Safety and Health

The Health Committee plays the main role and makes activity plans and promotes various measures to ensure occupational safety and health of the employees. The Health Committee has been established according to the Industrial Safety and Health Act, and the committee chairman is the General Manager of the Human Resources Dept. In addition to the chairman, the committee consists of occupational physicians, those in charge of personnel and labor in each Business Group and Corporate Staff Group, and representative of the employees union. At the regular committee meeting, a wide range of issues are discussed, such as reducing long work hours and matters on employee health. The minutes of the committee meetings are posted on the intranet and available for viewing by employees and executives.
As a measure for employee health management, the Tokyo Head Office and the Osaka Branch have on-site clinics. The clinic at the Tokyo Head Office has medical, dermatology, radiology, neuropsychiatry, and dentistry departments where employees can drop by any time. The on-site clinics hold annual health examinations for the employees. Based on the diagnosis, occupational physicians, public health nurses, and dietitians give guidance. Employees transferring to, or returning from overseas, and their accompanying families, receive checkups before leaving and after returning. Together with the occupational physicians, Marubeni ensures the health management of the employees.

As a result of these measures, the lost time injury frequency rates (LTIFR) for the last three years were: 0.25 in FY 2014, and down to 0.00 in FY 2015 and FY 2016. The LTIFR is the frequency rate of occupational injury cases that result in one or more days of employee absence (Lost-time injury frequency rate=No. of Lost-time injury/Total working hours ×1 million).
As for occupational injuries, there were only two cases in FY 2014 that required revisions in the labor safety and health system or improvement in work environment. The other cases were falling accidents in stairways or corridors, none of which required corporate measures. The numbers of occupational accidents for the last three years are 5 in FY 2014, 0 in FY 2015, and 4 in FY 2016. There are no fatal occupational incidents for the last three years, from FY 2014 to FY 2016.

Measures for Reducing Overtime Work and Improving Operational Efficiency

The workstyle innovation that Marubeni promotes also includes measures that lead to maintaining and improving employee’s physical and mental health, by reducing long work hours and setting targets for taking vacations.

Marubeni Cool & Smart (MaCS) Work Project

Marubeni conducts the Marubeni Cool & Smart (MaCS) Work Project with the aim to strengthen competitiveness by making all companies, organizations, and employees fully aware that time is a finite resource, and encouraging them to pursue even higher levels of efficiency and productivity.
In the project, work after 20:00 is not permitted in principle, and prohibited after 22:00. If overtime work is inevitable, then the senior personnel must submit an application. Shifting work to the more efficient morning hours is also encouraged. The project trial began in July 2015, and was officially introduced in October 2016. The average monthly overtime per employee was 13.7 hours in FY 2014, which decreased 1.1 hours to 12.6 hours in FY 2016.
In the pre-trial questionnaire, 58% of employees answered that they left work before 20:00. That percentage rose to 81% after the project began.

The Project for Improving the Company Temperament

This is a project that has been held annually from FY 2015 through a work-site initiative to improve business operations. A seminar by an external expert, and discussions and actions by members are combined to promote improvements in business operations that suit each workplace. This good example is expanded to other organizations, leading to a company-wide change in the way of thinking and in operational improvement.

Mental Health Support Measures

Marubeni has introduced various training programs based on the advice of occupational physicians. Specific examples include, organizing lectures on mental health as part of various education and training sessions, the introduction of an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), a type of external employee support program, and distribution of a Mental Health Manual.
An e-learning platform for a mental health self-care training program is available to almost all Marubeni Group companies, in addition to Marubeni.

Support for Overseas Assignees and Their Families

Marubeni has set up training and support programs for employees who are transferring overseas (and their family members) to help make the transition easier.
Marubeni has engaged the services of NPO Seacare and SECOM Co., Ltd. that offer assistance for long-distance nursing care to provide further support for overseas assignees.

Training on Health and Safety Standards

At the new employee training and pre-transfer meeting/family seminar, the occupational physician (head of the Tokyo Head Office clinic) gives lectures on health management.
The lecture is about medical checkups after joining the company or oversea transfer, and mental healthcare. For newly appointed General Managers, the session on mental healthcare is mandatory.
Programs of Training and number of attendees in FY2016 are as follows.

New employee training held once with about 200 participants
Pre-transfer meeting held 3 times with about 100 participants each
Family seminar held 2 times with about 60 participants each
New Section General Manager training held 2 times with about 50 participants each

Health and Safety at Group Companies

The Marubeni Group has over 400 group companies conducting business around the world. For the safe and healthy occupational environment of the employees, the Marubeni Group makes continuing efforts to satisfy the laws, regulations, and business characteristics of each country or region.
The Pacific Grain Terminal Co., Ltd. which handles discharge, warehousing, and transportation of imported grain, was founded in 1967, and celebrates its 50th anniversary in September 2017. The company has work sites in three ports, and practices safety and health activities on a daily basis. In November 2016, the Yatsushiro Branch was awarded by the Kumamoto Labor Bureau, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare for its outstanding efforts in securing safety and health, with no labor accidents for 6,215 consecutive days as of September 2016. All branches are currently continuing operations with no accidents, for 9,361 consecutive days at the Mizushima Branch, and for 724 consecutive days at the Kagoshima Branch.

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