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Feb 22, 2017


Nippon Kenko Kaigi and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Certifies NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. as One of the "White 500 Companies"

Nagoya, February 22, 2017 ―NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. (Chairman, President and CEO: Shinichi Odo, Headquarters: Nagoya, hereafter NGK SPARK PLUG) is pleased to announce that it is certified as one of the “White 500 companies” jointly by Nippon Kenko Kaigi (Japan Health Conference) and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

■About the “White 500” or the Health and Productivity Management
The white 500 is a certification started from the fiscal 2016. It aims to publicly praise excellent companies that are implementing health and productivity management*1; it also certifies them as the companies that are strategically working on the health management of their employees from the viewpoint of management. The certification is based on the following five points: 1) management philosophy (manager’s consciousness), 2) organization system, 3) implementation of systems and policies,4) evaluation and improvement, and 5) compliance and risk management.

■Approach in our company
We consider the following three items as our business challenges in maintaining and improving the health of our employees: (1) reduction in overtime working hours, (2) increase in paid days off, and (3) reduction in the number of mentally impaired employees. To address these challenges, we have made efforts to create our own health and productivity management systems and implement relevant policies. These efforts were particularly evaluated, leading to the certification.

(1) Reduction in long working hours
We promote effective ways of working to reduce overtime working hours. We also promote taking more paid days off to improve labor productivity.

(2) Provision of mental health care training courses
We provide mental health self-care training courses to our employees. We also provide special training courses to managers for supporting mentally impaired personnel, thus establishing a companywide supporting system.

(3) Provision of support to mentally impaired employees for smooth return to work
In cooperation with external organizations that support employees returning to work, we provide support to them until they completely return to work. We also track their reinstatement and recurrence rates to verify the effects.

We will promote the health care management and health promotion of our employees, thereby aiming to further improve productivity and revitalize the organization.

Note 1: About health and productivity management
Health and productivity management refers to the strategic implementation of health care management from the standpoint of management, on the foundation that companies can also expect significant management-related results when they take the health of employees into account.