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Announcement of Organizations Additionally Recognized in the SME Category of the 2017 Certified Health and Productivity Management Organization Recognition Program

To promote the health and productivity management program, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) established the Health Investment Working Group of the Next-Generation Healthcare Industrial Council and, since then, the working group has been designing the Health & Productivity Outstanding Entities 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. In response, in November 2016, the Nippon Kenko Kaigi* began accepting applications for the first recognition event, the 2017 Certified Health and Productivity Management Organization Recognition Program and in February 2017, it held an event recognizing the successful companies.

The Nippon Kenko Kaigi decided to additionally recognize outstanding SMEs and other organizations in the SME category of the 2017 program with the goal of increasing the popularity of the program further among SMEs and other organizations.

METI hereby announces that on August 23, 2017, the Nippon Kenko Kaigi recognized 223 organizations in the SME category as additionally recognized organizations, bringing the total number of organizations recognized for the category under the 2017 program to 318.

1. 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 initiatives for promoting health-conscious activities led by the Nippon Kenko Kaigi, and recognizes outstanding enterprises engaged in health and productivity management efforts.

This program endeavors to highlight these outstanding enterprises and thereby aims to create an environment in which such enterprises are able to gain enhanced public recognition, e.g., from employees, job seekers, related enterprises and financial institutions, as organizations whose management is engaged in strategic health and productivity management programs for maintaining their employees’ health.

The Nippon Kenko Kaigi has been promoting eight declarations collectively titled “2020 Declarations for Achieving Health-Conscious Communities and Workplaces,” including Declaration 4 whose goal is “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, one goal of the recognition program is also to help the Nippon Kenko Kaigi achieve Declarations 4 and 5.

At the first recognition event in February 2017, 235 organizations were recognized in the large enterprise category (White 500).

Moreover, in February 2017, 95 organizations were recognized in the SME category, while 223 have been additionally recognized today, as shown in the Appendix, bringing the total number of organizations recognized in the category to 318.

Notes

*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 governmental administrative support, in order to increase healthy life-spans and to provide appropriate medical care targeting individuals in Japan, a country facing a dramatically advancing aging society. The organization aims to encourage communities and workplaces to enact concrete measures to overcome health-related challenges in collaboration with private organizations, e.g., economic associations, medical-care associations and insurers, and municipalities.

*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

August 23, 2017

Division in Charge

Healthcare Industries Division, Commerce and Service Industry Policy Group

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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