Employee-Friendly Workplaces

Work–Life Balance

Support for Childrearing

Children are responsible for leading our future. At the Meiji Group, we believe that it is our corporate responsibility to create an environment conducive to childrearing and to help employees balance their work and family commitments. We support increasingly diverse work styles for our employees.

Number of Employees Taking leave or System for Shoter Working Hours during Childcare
    FYE 3/2015 FYE 3/2016
Women Man Women Man
Childcare leave Available until child is 2 years old 153 25 169 24
Measures for shorter working hours, etc., during childcare

Available until child is in third grade of elementary school

  • Shorter working hours, beginning work earlier or later
  • Exemption from non-scheduled or night work, use of flextime system
112 0 161 1
Percentage of employees returning to work after maternity or childcare leave (%) * after maternity or childcare leave 100 - 100 -
Retention rate (%) * Employees still working six months after returning to work 100 - 98.6 -
Support for Childrearing
Prenatal leave Available immediately after becoming pregnant
Child-nursing leave 5 days per year available until child starts elementary school
Support for childrearing

When employee or spouse gives birth

  • Special payment for birth
  • Nursery items
Next-generation childrearing allowance Available until employee's son or daughter reaches the age of 20
Benefit association
  • Special payment for birth
  • 50% of amount used for babysitter services (not exceeding 30 days)
  • Special payment for school enrolment

Support for Nursing Care

In Japan, the number pf employees with family members who require nursing care increases each year. We have established systems to help support these employees.

Number of Employees Taking Nursing-Care Leave
    FYE 3/2015 FYE 3/2016
Number of employees taking nursing-care leave 5 days per year available for each family member requiring nursing care 4 3
Number of employees taking short-term nursing-care leave Total of 365 days for each family member requiring nursing care 1 2
Number of employees using system for shorter working hours during childcare
  • Shorter working hours, beginning work earlier or later
  • Exemption from non-scheduled or night work, use of flextime system
0 0
Adjustment of working hours
  FYE 3/2015 FYE 3/2016
Overtime work (hours/month) 11.9 11.9
Percentage of paid vacations taken (days taken/days granted) 51.8 52.5

Other Systems

We offer "volunteer breaks" so that employees can participate in voluntary activities. Also, employees are entitled to take "refreshment" leave when they reach 35, 45, or 55 years of age and have completed three years of service with the Company.

Main Initiatives Measures to Empower Women

Basic Approach

Our goal is to eliminate occupational accidents. We are improving health and safety education and increasing employees' safety awareness based on "safety comes first."

Management System

The Central Health and Safety Committee sets annual corporate targets and promotes occupational health and safety initiatives.

Main Initiatives Safety Audits and Inspections

Based on risk assessments, we improve the safety of equipment, facilities, and work procedures. Also, we prevent occupational accidents and violations of laws and regulations by conducting safety audits and inspections. If an occupational accident occurs, we prevent recurrence by carrying out safety inspections of equipment and facilities, determining the cause, and taking measures.

Improvement of Occupational Health and Safety Education for Employees

We conduct health and safety education throughout the Company.

In the Food segment, we educate employees about health and safety based on the Health and Safety Handbook, which is a compendium of laws and regulations as well as preventive measures compiled in light of past accidents. Also, to remind employees about the importance of safety, we conduct safety training using panel displays about past accidents and lessons learned from them and use equipment in our training facilities to give employees first-hand experience of risks.

As for the Pharmaceuticals segment, we conduct inspection tours of operating bases, have health and safety managers conduct safety “patrols,” and receive safety consultations from third parties. We share the results of these activities Companywide and use them in health and safety education for employees.

To prevent the recurrence of similar accidents, we share information throughout the whole Group.

Promoting Employee Health

Promoting employee health is one of our corporate responsibilities. We create vibrant workplaces through multifaceted support for employee health. This includes:

1. Increasing the percentage of employees who have health checkups and preventing lifestyle-related diseases through post-checkup health guidance.
2. Providing employees with support through occupational health doctors or other highly experienced specialists, and providing support systems for employees' physical and mental health concerns.
3. Developing working environments that discourage long working hours.

Labor Relations

The Federation of Meiji Group Workers' Unions consists of workers unions from each of the operating companies.

We believe that sound labor–management relations are crucial for effective corporate management. We engage in regular labor discussions, wage negotiations, and health and safety discussions.

Employee Surveys

We conduct employee surveys regularly to assess the atmosphere and activity in workplaces from various different viewpoints. We conducted the fiscal 2016 survey in June.


In-House Commendation System

In-House Commendation System

We commend operating bases for achieving safe, stable operations. In fiscal 2015, 27 operating bases received commendations.