Health and Productivity Management

Related ESG :
Human capital: Health and productivity management
Good Health and Well-Being

Management approach

Policy and approach

The Toyobo group is engaged in initiatives for maintaining and improving employees' physical and mental wellbeing in order to create people-friendly workplaces that are conscious of employee health.

In fiscal 2020, we embarked on the strategic implementation of health and productivity management, considering health care from a management perspective. Going forward, we will promote initiatives that energize and increase the productivity of the organization, and improve performance through measures such as maintaining and enhancing employees' health and wellbeing. In 2023, the company was certified as a top tier company for Outstanding Health and Productivity Management, which is given to the leading corporations in the "Certified Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organizations Recognition Program" by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

Furthermore, we are investing in employee health based on the approach that having energetic workplaces where employees can work dynamically will lead to the long term growth of the group, and to date, we have been cooperating with the health insurance union on initiatives to support health and wellbeing. We will continue these initiatives with the aim taking another step forward and actively and systematically practicing health and productivity management. In March 2020, we formulated the TOYOBO Health & Productivity Management Declaration containing a declaration by the President, and we have built a health promotion structure.

< TOYOBO Health & Productivity Management Declaration >

Under the Group's corporate philosophy, Jun-Ri-Soku-Yu (adhering to reason leads to prosperity), we aim to become a company which achieves sustainable growth.

We believe that in order to ensure strong, sustainable growth, we need the capabilities, effort, and energy of every employee, and that the growth of the Group is linked to the job satisfaction of our employees and the feeling that they and their families are being enriched.

Health is the source of our employees' energy and effort, and as a Group we recognize that actively working to maintain and improve employee health is an important management issue. At the same time, we believe that this initiative will contribute to realizing a sustainable society.

It is also important that employees themselves realize the importance of their health.

Therefore, we declare that we will actively engage in health and productivity management.

Ikuo Takeuchi
Representative Director, President, and CEO
April, 2021


Health management system

In March 2020, the Toyobo group formulated a “Health & Productivity Management Declaration” in order to proactively and systematically address health and productivity management, and also established a structure to promote this. Under the Chief Health Officer (CHO), the Executive Officer controlling supervisor of the HR Division, the Labor Affairs Department, industrial physicians, occupational health nurses/medical care nurses, and the health insurance union are working together on key measures.

Health management system

Health management strategy (strategy map)

Under the above structure, we organize the linkage between "management issues to be solved through health management," "expected effects," and "specific initiatives" through monthly meeting for the promotion of health management.

Targets and KPIs

< KPI and Result >

Initiative KPI Target(FY2026) Result(FY2022)
  • Maintain people-friendly work enviroments (Promote health)
Certified as a top tier company for Outstanding Health and Productivity Management
Obtain / Maintain
Certified as a Health and Productivity Management Organization 2022

We set targets and check our performance over time for various indicators related to health management. By analyzing quantitative data, we are able to understand our health issues and use the information to solve them.

Key measures under the TOYOBO Health & Productivity Management Declaration

We have formulated the TOYOBO Health & Productivity Management Declaration, and we are working on the following key measures.

  1. Initiatives for raising employees' health awareness: education and training
  2. Initiatives for improving employees' lifestyle habits: exercise, diet, support for quitting smoking, etc.
  3. Initiatives for strengthening mental health, including improvement measures for high-stress employees and workplaces


Addressing issues

We are organizing and analyzing our health management initiatives from various angles, including the results of health checkups, working with insurers, and utilizing scoring reports and data on various indicators over time.

Improvement of implementation rate of specified health guidance

As an example of improvement in response to specific issues, we worked with insurers to strengthen the implementation rate of specific health guidance in order to enhance awareness of exercise and dietary habits, resulting in an approximately 15% improvement in the implementation rate from FY2020 to FY2021.

Improvement activities based on responses to the Health Management Survey and feedback

In addition, by responding to the annual health management survey, we also utilize the feedback obtained from the survey to review our efforts each year and link them to the following year's activities. Through continuous efforts, we are able to identify issues that we need to focus on. Going forward, we would like to resolve these issues through health management and become a "proud and rewarding company," ultimately contributing to higher corporate value and productivity.

Priority issues to be addressed from FY2022:
  • Measures for "exercise" and "smoking"
  • Improvement of the stress check inspection rate, which has been an ongoing effort in the past
  • Grasping various numerical data to understand the current status and verify effectiveness, and strengthening internal and external communications.

Realizing the Toyobo Health and Productivity Management Declaration

In addition to the initiatives that have been in place since the start of health management, we have begun the following efforts to improve the lifestyle habits of employees:

  • Regarding "exercise," we encourage employees to walk using our proprietary app.
  • Concerning "smoking cessation," we have implemented a smoking cessation program in cooperation with insurers.
  • Holding various seminars to improve employees' health literacy, which is the foundation for lifestyle improvement.

First Certified as a top tier company for Outstanding Health and Productivity Management

Toyobo was certified as a top tier company for Outstanding Health and Productivity Management, which is given to the top-ranking corporations in the "Certified Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organizations Recognition Program" jointly coducted by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and Nippon Kenko Kaigi jointly.

The Toyobo group established the “Health and Productivity Management Declaration” in March 2020 to promote health and productivity management. Under the Chief Health Officer (CHO), the Executive Officer controlling supervisor of the HR Division, the Labor Affairs Department, the occupational physicians and nursing professionals and the health insurance association work in close coordination to enhance healthcare consciousness of employees, improve their lifestyle habits and strengthen mental health-care measures as part of priority programs. As a result, the company Has been certified as a Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organization since FY2020.

In FY2023, we enhanced our employee awareness activities, including a smoking cessation seminar to explain passive smoking and nicotine dependence, an online smoking cessation clinic, and seminars to promote understanding of health issues unique to women. In addition, information on the implementation of health management was disseminated through the publication of health indicators and indices such as the smoking rate and percentage of habitual exercisers over time on the company website.

Certified Health and Productivity Management Outstanding Organization

Improvement of employees' lifestyle

As the new coronavirus outbreak has revolutionized working styles and lifestyles, forcing various restrictions, we consider mental and physical care to be a top priority. We will improve lifestyle habits while implementing measures for exercise habits, smoking cessation, and providing educational opportunities (e.g., holding seminars) to improve literacy.

In FY2022, we created and deployed our own proprietary application, "Tsunagaru Kenko TOYOBO Zukan," which can be operated with a smartphone. This application was created by the members of a subcommittee of the "KAERU Project," an internal organizational climate reform project, while incorporating a wide range of opinions. The first installment of the "Flower Series" is an application that allows employees to freely interact with each other by taking pictures of flowers they see on their walks and posting them with comments.

We hope that this application will help employees make exercise a habit and connect with other employees, creating a positive chain of events.

Improvement of employees' lifestyle

Support for employees' health maintenance and promotion through health checkups

Toyobo aims to have a (actual) 100% rate of health checkups by industrial health staff at each business site.

Our health checkups for lifestyle-related diseases, cancer, and other ailments are more comprehensive than required by law. In cooperation with the health insurance association, we conduct cancer screenings for any staff (employees and their dependents) who want them, and we are working to ensure early detection and treatment of diseases including in family members.

Our occupation physicians check the results of health checkups for all employees, and in the event of any abnormal findings, meet with and provide health guidance in cooperation with nursing professionals. If necessary, they also provide examinations and treatment at clinics, and referrals to specialized medical institutions. We also support the maintenance and improvement of employee health by providing health consultation structures and environments. Furthermore, the health insurance association actively provides specific health guidance on approaches to reduce risks faced by high-risk patients.

We continue to improve structures and environments for health examinations and consultations, to support the maintenance and improvement of employee health.

Restricting long working hours

Beginning in fiscal 2019, if long working hours exceed a certain standard* for three months consecutively, for any employee including management staff, then measures to prevent recurrence will be discussed in management meetings. Management and employees at each business site have set a specific cutoff point, and keep tabs on work that leads to excessive hours in order to promote their reduction. We have also set the number of employees doing overtime as a KPI, and have set a reduction of 20% as a target.

Management and employees at each business site have designated a no overtime day, and we encourage employees to go home on time so they can enjoy personal and family time.

Furthermore, in order to prevent mental health issues caused by long working hours, we have put in place stricter standards than legally mandated, and we hold interviews with occupation physicians.

  • Over 80 hours overtime in two consecutive months + over 45 hours in the third month

Mental healthcare initiatives

Toyobo provides annual mental health lectures to managers in order to increase their awareness and understanding of mental healthcare. Individual consultations are also given by industrial health staff (one to five) at each business site. We also provide personalized support to employees suffering from high levels of stress, based on the results of a stress checkup. We are planning to identify and resolve issues in high-stress workplaces based on the results of group analysis shortly.

With regard to mental healthcare when telecommuting as a measure to tackle the spread of COVID-19, we have addressed the importance of self-care and so-called “line care,” care provided by managers for the wellbeing of the employees and measures to improve the workplace, issuing information so as to maintain and support our employees' physical and mental wellbeing.

Health care support for expatriates

The number of expatriates is increasing every year as our group accelerates its global expansion. We provide medical checkups for employees and their families prior to overseas assignments, vaccinations recommended by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (hepatitis AB, measles/rubella, tetanus, etc.), support for local medical systems in cooperation with medical assistance services, provision of information on travel destinations, and temporary return home for vaccination against new coronas. We also recognize the importance of the world's three major infectious diseases (tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV/AIDS).

We provide follow-up medical checkups after traveling to the destination and support them in maintaining their health status while engaged in their work. We have a system in place to support the health management of expatriates and their families through collaboration among various internal organizations.

Countermeasures against COVID-19

As countermeasures against COVID-19, we are encouraging working from home and staggered working hours, ensuring employees maintain social distancing when working in the office, and providing information about infection prevention, among other measures.

To our business partners

At our company, the labor department, health insurance union, and nursing staff play a central role in promoting health management in cooperation with each other.

We may be able to help you with our efforts. We would like to support our business partners in their promotion of health management as well.
If you are interested in our efforts, please contact us at the following address for information exchange, and so on.

For inquiries, please contact us at:
Human Resources Department (Telephone) +81-6-6348-3266