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Announcement of Organizations Recognized under the 2017 Certified Health and Productivity Management Organization Recognition Program 235 organizations for the large enterprise category (White 500) and 95 organization sfor the SME category recognized under the first recognition program

To achieve the goal set in the Japan Revitalization Strategy 2016, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has established the Health Investment Working Group of the Next-Generation Healthcare Industrial Council and, since then, the working group has been designing the Certified Health & Productivity Management Organization Recognition Program (hereinafter referred to as the “recognition program”) through discussions at its meetings jointly held with the Health and Productivity Management 500 Organizations Working Group and the SME Ten-Thousand Health-Declaration Working Group, both of which are managed by the Nippon Kenko Kaigi.*

On February 21, 2017, METI announced that the Nippon Kenko Kaigi, organizer of the recognition program, recognized 235 organizations under the large enterprise category (White 500) and 95 organizations under the SME category as the FY2017 recognized organizations.

Outline of the recognition program

Under the recognition program, the Nippon Kenko Kaigi examines large enterprises, SMEs and other organizations engaging in initiatives for overcoming health-related challenges in regional communities or for promoting health-conscious activities led by the Nippon Kenko Kaigi, and recognizes outstanding enterprises engaging in efforts for health and productivity management.

This program endeavors to highlight these outstanding enterprises engaged in efforts to advance health and productivity management and thereby aims to organize an environment in which such enterprises are able to gain enhanced public recognition, e.g., from employees, employment seekers, related enterprises and financial institutions, as organizations engaging in strategic health and productivity management program efforts for maintaining their employees’ health from a management perspective.

The Nippon Kenko Kaigi has been promoting eight declarations collectively titled “2020 Declarations for Achieving Health-Conscious Communities and Workplaces,” including Declaration 4 “Encouraging over 500 organizations to engage in the health and productivity management program in collaboration with health insurance society members and other associations” and Declaration 5 “Encouraging over 10,000 organizations to engage in the heath-conscious management declaration efforts based on the support of  Japan Health Insurance Association members and other associations.” In light of this, the recognition program also aims to help the Nippon Kenko Kaigi achieve Declarations 4 and 5.

Under the 2017 recognition program, the first recognition event since the inauguration of the program, 235 organizations for the large enterprise category (White 500) and 95 organizations for the SME category were recognized. For names of the recognized organizations, see the Appendix.

*Note 1: The Nippon Kenko Kaigi is an organization that takes practical community- and workplace-based actions, under the collaboration of private organizations and with full administrative support, for the elongation of the healthy life-span and to provide appropriate medical care, targeting individual persons in Japan, a country facing a dramatically advancing aging society. The organization aims to encourage communities and workplaces to achieve specific measures to overcome health-related challenges under the collaboration of private organizations, e.g., economic associations, medical-care associations and insurers, and municipalities (Source: Outline of the Nippon Kenko Kaigi, Nippon Kenko Kaigi website).

**Note 2: The term “health and productivity management” is a registered trademark of the Workshop for the Management of Health on Company and Employee.

Appendix

Release date

February 21, 2017

Division in Charge

Healthcare Industries Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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