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The Nippon Kenko Kaigi Starts Acceptance of Applications for the SME Category of the 2020 Certified Health and Productivity Management Organization Recognition Program

August 30, 2019

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 Certified Health & Productivity Outstanding Entities Recognition program (hereinafter referred to as the “recognition program”) through discussions at its meetings, jointly held with the working group operated by the Nippon Kenko Kaigi,* endeavoring to highlight outstanding enterprises engaging in efforts to advance health and productivity management practices. In response, the Nippon Kenko Kaigi,* an organizer of the recognition program, has been recognizing outstanding enterprises under the program.

METI hereby announces that the Nippon Kenko Kaigi started, on August 30, 2019, the acceptance of applications for the 2020 recognition program concerning the SME category.

1. Outline of health and productivity management

Health and productivity management is a practice in which enterprises focus on and strategically carry out efforts with regard to maintaining their employees’ health from a management perspective. Enterprises’ investment in health-conscious activities for employees based on their corporate philosophies will be expected to contribute to encouraging the vitality of employees, enhancing productivity and other organizational vitalization, thereby leading to an improvement in performance or stock prices as a result.

2. 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 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 engaging in efforts to advance health and productivity management and thereby aims to organize an environment in which such enterprises are able to gain enhanced social recognition, e.g., from employees, employment seekers, related enterprises and financial institutions, as organizations focusing on and strategically carrying out efforts with regard to maintaining their employees’ health from a management perspective.

The Nippon Kenko Kaigi has been promoting eight declarations collectively titled “Health-Conscious Communities and Workplaces 2020,” 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 30,000 organizations to engage in health-conscious management declaration efforts based on the support of Japan Health Insurance Association members, chambers of commerce and industry 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 2019 recognition program, 2,502 enterprises were recognized under the SME category as of August 1, 2019.

3. Outline of the recognition of outstanding enterprises engaging in efforts for health and productivity management

The recognition program is categorized into two groups: the SME category targeting small- and medium-scale enterprises, and the large enterprise category** targeting large-scale enterprises, and the Nippon Kenko Kaigi will recognize outstanding enterprises engaging in efforts for health and productivity management for the respective categories.

Under the 2020 recognition program, a committee established under the Nippon Kenko Kaigi will sort applications, and then the Nippon Kenko Kaigi will publicize successful applicants around late February to early March 2020.

METI hereby announces that the Nippon Kenko Kaigi, organizer of the recognition program, started, on August 30, 2019, the acceptance of applications for the 2020 recognition program concerning the SME category.

4. Future schedule

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Notes:
*1. The Nippon Kenko Kaigi is an organization that takes practical community- and workplace-based actions, under collaboration among private organizations and with full administrative support, to extend the healthy lifespan and to provide appropriate medical care, targeting individual persons in Japan, a country facing a dramatically advancing aging society with fewer children. The organization aims to encourage workplaces and communities to achieve specific measures to overcome health-related challenges under collaboration among private organizations, e.g., economic associations, medical-care associations and insurers, and municipalities.

**2. As eligibility, applicants for the large enterprise category should be those that have responded to the questionnaires of the FY2019 Survey on Health and Productivity Management conducted by METI. The acceptance of applications is scheduled to start around mid-November 2019.

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

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Healthcare Industries Division, Commerce and Service Industry Policy Group