Respect for Human Rights

Employees' Safety and Health

KOKUYO believes that creating a safe, secure and pleasant working environment, health management of the employees, and safety measures in times of disaster are the foundation for employees to work vigorously and demonstrate their full abilities. We establish systems and structures while actively exchanging opinions with employees.

KOKUYO Group Occupational Safety and Health Basic Policy

[Basic policy]

Safety First!

The KOKUYO Group promotes safety-related activities because it regards the health and safety of each employee's mind and body as the foundation of its business.

[Code of conduct]

1. Comply with all relevant laws and regulations, including those related to the Industrial Safety and Health Law, as well as internal guidelines and standards.

2. Encourage continuous and autonomous workplace improvement, and strive to prevent occupational accidents and health problems.

3. To ensure the safety and health of everyone involved in the Group's business, promote the creation of a transparent culture in which everyone participates.

  1. ▼ Activity highlights
  2. ▼ Basic Concepts
  3. ▼ Specific Steps We have Taken in 2017
  4. ▼ Labor Practices/Safety and Health

FY2017 KOKUYO Group Construction and Factory Safety and Health
Conferences was Held

FY2017 KOKUYO Group Construction and Factory Safety and Health Conferences was Held

As people all over Japan were thinking about the importance of safety while marking the 90th annual National Safety Week* (the first week of July), the KOKUYO Group also thought about safety at all of its locations throughout Japan and held its Safety and Health Conference with the goal of raising awareness.

● [Construction] FY2017 KOKUYO Group Construction Safety and Health Conference

With a belief that the safety and health of its employees and partners constitutes the foundation that supports company growth, the KOKUYO Construction Safety and Health Promotion Committee set its FY2017 goal as: "The KOKUYO Group companies shall aim to boost further safety awareness and fully establish and enhance an autonomous safety culture". At various regional conferences, employees and partners shared this goal, reaffirming their commitment to keep working together. The events at seven venues throughout Japan included an opening address by Vice Chairman Kuroda, the chair of the Central Safety Health Committee, speeches by the representatives of the various regions, an activity report by the Construction Safety and Health Promotion Committee, and formal recognition of partners.

● [Factories] Safety and Health Conferences and Safety Patrol at KOKUYO Group factories in Japan

Safety and health conferences, as well as safety patrols, were held at five plants in seven locations in Japan. At the safety and health conferences, as part of the initiatives to create transparent workplaces, a letter of appreciation was presented to employees recommended by executives at various work locations, and a lecture was given by the editor-in-chief of the Safety and Disaster Prevention Manual.


Each of the safety and health conferences for construction and factories included innovative content to prevent safety awareness from becoming a mere slogan. In order to pass our safety-protecting culture onto future generations, we will continue to provide opportunities on a site-by-site basis within the entire KOKUYO Group to pause every year and think about safety.

*National Safety Week aims to promote voluntary health and safety activities in the industries, to enhance public awareness concerning occupational safety and to ensure the firm implementation of safety activities advocated by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare and Japan Industrial Safety and Health Association.

Formal recognition of partners who had performed safe, efficient, and high-quality work at delivery locations or factories in various regions. (This photo was taken at the Kanto Area Conference.)

Formal recognition of partners who had performed safe, efficient, and high-quality work at delivery locations or factories in various regions. (This photo was taken at the Kanto Area Conference.)

Safety patrol

Safety patrol

Basic Concepts

The KOKUYO Group is promoting safe, secure and pleasant working environments while encouraging active exchange of opinions with the workplaces, as they are vital to smooth business operations.

KOKUYO Group Health Targets and 2017 Results

The KOKUYO Group has been promoting health activities by collaborating with the in-house Health Insurance Association and Health Management Office in setting specific health goals from 2013 in order to prevent lifestyle-related diseases.

We have carried out a walking campaign to encourage the habit of enjoyable exercise in which employees record daily the number of steps taken and their weight, and have also held healthy eating seminars in collaboration with public health centers. Moreover, as cancer prevention measures, we installed mammography systems so that examinations can be performed during regular in-house health check-ups, to promote having medical examinations for breast cancer and colorectal cancer. Furthermore, we have actively enhanced health check options. For example, we now allow employees to undergo complete medical check-ups if desired, and have created opportunities for employees to benefit from medical examinations and increase their health awareness.

KOKUYO Group data

  2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Percentage of employees with a BMI over 25 21% 23% 23% 23% 24%
Percentage of employees who smoke (from Q&A data) 26% 26% 27% 26% 26%

Specific Steps We have Taken in 2017

1) Implementation of health campaign

It was the fourth year of the walking campaign that is held jointly by KOKUYO and KOKUYO Health Insurance Association for all employees. This health activity, called the GG campaign, is based on the concept of "enjoy becoming fit and receiving rewards!" Each employee self-reports the number of steps they have taken daily, and those who achieved their goals receive seasonal fruits. We will strive to increase health awareness by continuing this activity, for which the number of participants is increasing every year.

Implementation of health campaign

Number of participants of the GG campaign

  2014 2015 2016 2017
Participants 340 person 670 person 853 person 923 person

2) Infection control measures

In order to reduce the risk of severe illness, we are expanding the opportunities (places) to have flu vaccinations within the company. The Health Insurance Association also offers subsidies, making it easier for employees to get vaccinations, even at clinics outside the company if desired.

We also have gargling solution and masks available at each worksite, and are utilizing posters and company-wide e-mail messages to consistently carry out activities to raise awareness about disease prevention and prevent the spread of communicable diseases.

Number of people who had vaccinations

  2014 2015 2016 2017
No. of people receiving vaccinations 2,487 person 2,749 person 2,852 person 2,630 person

3) Mental health initiatives

Since 2016, we have been conducting stress checks based on laws and regulations.

In order to establish a system where each employee can receive self-care without hesitating, we are making an environment where we can support prevention at an early stage by introducing the EAP (Employee Assistance Program) operated by an external institution to make the employees notice the burdens that they feel.

Additionally, we conduct comprehensive employee surveys related to work engagement, employee satisfaction (ES), and compliance awareness as workplace health markers.

Of the survey results, the items related to workplace culture in particular are collated with data on hours worked. The findings are then utilized as opportunities, tools, and KPIs for workplace improvement and incorporated into worksite-originated activities.

Labor Practices/Safety and Health

KOKUYO Group Factory Get-together for Safety Managers from the Five Factories in Japan

Experiencing a simulated disaster in a safety laboratory

Experiencing a simulated disaster in a safety laboratory

Group work carried out focused on the emergency stop buttons of machines

Group work carried out focused on the emergency stop buttons of machines

Believing that the health and safety of its employees are the foundation of company growth, KOKUYO Group is taking safety and health management initiatives from a variety of perspectives. In FY2017, we held a get-together event on October 26 bringing together managers engaged in health and safety activities at the five factories in Japan (Mie Factory, Shibayama Factory, KOKUYO Product Shiga Co., Ltd., KOKUYO MVP Co., Ltd., and IWAMI Paper Industry Co., Ltd.). The participants carried out a factory patrol, attended safety trainings, engaged in Group work activities, and exchanged information.

By promoting cross-departmental safety and health issues at individual business groups, such as factories, construction sections, distribution sections, and offices, which tend to view issues in a more vertical orientation, the KOKUYO Group Central Safety Health Committee strives to maintain the safety and health of group employees and create a work environment and culture that enable employees to work vigorously and demonstrate their full abilities.

Presentation on Forklift Accident Elimination Initiative at the National Industrial Safety and Health Conference

Mr. Mori's presentation titled, Forklift Accident Elimination Activities: Improvement through Innovative Steps, was presented before an audience of more than 500 people

Mr. Mori's presentation titled, "Forklift Accident Elimination Activities: Improvement through Innovative Steps", was presented before an audience of more than 500 people

The 76th National Industrial Safety and Health Conference was held recently in Kobe (sponsored by the Japan Industrial Safety & Health Association), providing an information exchange platform for people involved in safety and health activities to present improvement examples and research results. Shigeki Mori, a safety manager at KOKUYO Shibayama Factory, made a presentation at the Conference on forklift accident elimination measures being taken at the Factory.

The Shibayama Factory experienced a total of eight property damage accidents caused by forklifts in 2012. Recognizing the causes of these accidents as issues that could lead to serious disasters, the Factory started forklift accident elimination activities. Past accidents were analyzed and sorted into various causes, i.e., management, behavior, condition, and training problems, and improvement activities were implemented. In this way, the Factory succeeded in completely eliminating forklift-caused accidents in 2016, and has continued improvement activities into the present.