News Releases 2021Meiden's approach to health management received external recognition

Meidensha Corporation (Meiden) was selected today as a “Health and Productivity Stock,” a status conferred on listed companies with excellent health management*1 by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE). The ministry also certified Meiden as one of the “White 500” under its 2021 Certified Health & Productivity Management Organization Recognition Program. This is the first time that Meiden has been selected as a Health and Productivity Stock and certified as a White 500 company.

METI and TSE jointly started the Health and Productivity Stock program in 2015 to publicize the names of companies that are aggressively promoting health and productivity management, which involves thinking about the health management of employees from the viewpoint of corporate management and strategically carrying out necessary measures in that regard.

The Certified Health & Productivity Management Organization Recognition Program was launched in 2017. Under the program, METI and the Nippon Kenko Kaigi, a semi-public health promotion organization, jointly certify major corporations that have shown excellent health and productivity management in collaboration with providers of health insurance programs. Companies covered by the program are not limited to those listed on major stock exchanges.

Under the “Smart Challenge Meiden Five,” Meiden has established five health promotion activities and has committed itself to carrying them out. The Meiden Group will continue to promote activities designed to ensure that all employees stay healthy. Meiden wants to be a place where employees can work well and feel that their efforts are being properly rewarded. In this way, the Meiden Group will contribute to “illuminating a more affluent tomorrow.”

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

■Meiden employees are working on the following activities as part of the company’s “Smart Challenge Meiden Five” agenda:

Challenge 1: Measures against passive smoking and stop-smoking programs
We encourage employees to quit smoking by gradually reducing smoking areas and hours allowed for smoking. We will continue to offer online programs to help them stop smoking.

Challenge 2: Measures to combat lifestyle diseases for employees under 39
We provide pre-obese employees 39 years of age or younger with information and communication technology (ICT)-assisted health guidance programs to prevent lifestyle diseases, in which employees are encouraged, for example, to get into the habit of exercising regularly.

Challenge 3: Measures to combat lifestyle diseases for employees over 40
We provide employees who require specific health guidance with ICT-assisted health guidance programs and encourage all of them to participate.

Challenge 4: Cancer control
We carry out regular check-ups for women's cancer, and encourage all employees who have been advised to undergo a detailed examination for possible colorectal cancer.

Challenge 5: Measures to ensure employees’ sound mental health
To prevent employees from developing mental problems, we are improving the working environment based on a stress-check for each workplace. In addition, we have rules and systems to facilitate their return to the workplace after a leave of absence, including adjustments to their working environment.

■Meiden’s initiatives on health and productivity management:

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