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Promotion of Health and Productivity Management

Promoting employee health management by establishing the "Brother Group Health & Productivity Management Philosophy"

Establishing a framework for promoting health and productivity management

The Brother Group aims to create superior value through manufacturing and deliver products and services to customers around the world. With this purpose in mind, all employees in the group are every day playing active roles on a global stage.
As stipulated in the Brother Group Global Charter , which defines Basic Policies and Codes of Practice as the basis of such activities, we place importance on every employee's health management so that they can strive to achieve their goals, and ultimately, contribute to our success.

In September 2016, Brother Industries, Ltd. (BIL) established the Brother Group Health & Productivity Management Philosophy (Health & Productivity Management Philosophy).
Under the newly established Chief Health Officer (CHO), we will strategically undertake various activities based on the Health & Productivity Management Philosophy.

Brother Group Health & Productivity Management Philosophy

The Brother Group considers the physical and mental health of every employee as an important "asset," and thinks demonstrating various capabilities "positively, pleasantly and powerfully" leads to the Group's growth.
Every employee's health is the basis of the Brother Group's continued development and responds to the needs of society, such as extension of healthy life expectancy. To realize health and productivity management, the Company, labor union, and health insurance association collaborate and strategically strive to maintain and promote employees' health.

Brother Industries, Ltd.
Representative Director and President
Chief Health Officer
Ichiro Sasaki

Health & Productivity Management Promotion Structure

The Brother Group will conduct employee health maintenance and promotion activities in a more effective and efficient way by constructing the Health & Productivity Management Promotion Structure and implementing the PDCA cycle. We will first start these activities in BIL and the Brother Group companies in Japan and then sequentially expand them to the Brother Group companies outside Japan.

Brother Group Health & Productivity Management Promotion Structure

Brother Group Health & Productivity Management Promotion Structure

Brother Group Health & Productivity Management Promotion Council

The safety and health managers in BIL and the Brother Group companies in Japan hold an annual meeting to identify issues about employee health and decide on an action policy for the next fiscal year.
During FY2016, they had the meeting in March and set targets for respective issues, including lifestyle-related diseases prevention, mental healthcare, quit- smoking support, and health literacy improvement.

Health Support Meeting

The Health Support Meeting decides specific activities to achieve numerical targets, discusses implementation methods, and evaluates the results based on the policy set by the Brother Group Health & Productivity Management Promotion Council. The Health Management Center in Human Resource Department of BIL, the Health Promotion Center of Brother Health Insurance Society, and Brother Memorial Hospital work together to advance health maintenance and promotion activities, such as collaborative events with the Brother Industries Labor Union.

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Maintaining and Improving Mental and Physical Health

Aiming to maintain and improve the health of employees in the entire group

BIL established the Health Management Center and has been committed to the health management, mental healthcare and health enhancement of the Group's employees. The Brother Group's facilities in respective countries and regions assign physicians specialized in industrial medicine, or work with hospitals and clinics to maintain and improve the mental and physical health of employees.
In FY2016, some industrial physicians and health nurses of the Health Management Center visited the manufacturing facilities Zhuhai Brother Industries, Co., Ltd., Brother Industries Saigon, Ltd. and Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. (BIPH). During the visit, they conducted interviews with employees dispatched from BIL about their health conditions, mental health education, and hearings on living environments, and made a visit to medical institutions located near the facilities to exchange medical information with these institutions. In addition, they made arrangements for the dispatched workers to get medical attention, provided interpretation for these workers, and exchanged information with medical support services companies capable of offering support for severe diseases.

Local medical institution

Local medical institution

BIPH's medical staff and industrial physicians

BIPH's medical staff and industrial physicians

Promoting mental health by preventing mental health disorders, detecting them at an early stage, and supporting patients

Self-care training
Self-care training

BIL has been continuously providing mental health education to its employees since 2007, the year following the establishment of the Health Management Center.
This education aims to help employees become aware of their own stress and take appropriate measures against it (primary prevention) and to help the company detect and support employees struggling with mental disorders at an early stage (secondary prevention). All employees must take self-care training, which is particularly designed for primary prevention, and consider how to control their health and how to cope with their stress referring to actual examples which have occurred within the company.
In accordance with the amendment of the Industrial Safety and Health Act in 2014, BIL started conducting a "stress check survey" to encourage employees to become aware of their stress. BIL also helps employees who have developed mental disorders continue to work in their own ways, assisting such employees to return to work (tertiary prevention) in collaboration with their workplaces.

In FY2016, BIL formulated the "third 5-year plan on the Brother Mental Health." Based on this plan, it has been implementing positive mental health measures, which include building a corporate culture that discourages the occurrence of mental disorders, creating a comfortable workplace that allows employees to work with less stress, and enhancing motivation among employees so that they can work vigorously.
These measures are part of "proactive health management" beyond the requirements of laws and regulations. They are based on human resources strategy model which covers a larger scope than the conventional disease control model and encompasses human resource development, carrier development, and workplace creation. At BIL, employees, their workplaces and the Health Management Center will work together to continue and enhance their measures, aiming to help every individual stay mentally healthy and enjoy and feel satisfied with his/her job.

Supporting employees' health control

The Health Management Center designates every October and November as the "Brother Healthy Life Months" and is engaged in various efforts in cooperation with the Brother Health Insurance Society, the Brother Industries Labor Union, and the Workplace Safety and Disaster Prevention Group of Human Resource Department.
In FY2016, when BIL experienced a major reorganization, the center organized the health class titled "Communication skills to convey feelings---Let's create a vigorous workplace---" in respective worksites to facilitate workplace communication.
The Health Management Center undertakes such effort to adapt the health class to the company's situation and works toward disease prevention and health maintenance and promotion.
In addition, the center has been engaged in preventing the metabolic syndrome and other diseases, providing quit-smoking support, and preventing passive smoking. As part of these activities, it prohibited smoking in any BIL building in 2016 with the aim of protecting employees against passive smoking. The center will strengthen its quit-smoking support to realize a complete ban of smoking in all premises of BIL.

Notice of Brother Healthy Life Months

Notice of Brother Healthy Life Months

Outdoor smoking area

Outdoor smoking area

In February 2017, in recognition of its health management activities, BIL was chosen as one of the enterprises of the "2017 Health & Productivity Stock Selection," the program jointly conducted by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Tokyo Stock Exchange, among 608 listed companies.

Announcement ceremony of "2017 Health & Productivity Stock Selection"
Announcement ceremony of "2017 Health & Productivity Stock Selection"

The Brother Group will be committed to maintaining and enhancing the physical and mental health of employees.