TOKYO—Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) today announced that MOL has been selected as a White 500 Company, in the large enterprise category of the 2019 Certified Health and Productivity Management Organization Recognition Program, a cooperative initiative by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and Nippon Kenko Kaigi.

The Health & Productivity Outstanding Entities Recognition Program examines enterprises for working to overcome health-related challenges in regional communities or for promoting health-conscious activities led by the Nippon Kenko Kaigi, and recognizes enterprises for outstanding efforts in health and productivity management. MOL received a high evaluation, and placed in the top 10% among 1,800 enterprises responding to the health management survey that was used in the selection process.

MOL believes it indispensable to maintain and improve the mental and physical health of all executives and employees as part of its goal of “forging ahead to become the world leader in safe operation.” It has taken various measures to increase employees’ health consciousness and realize their disease prevention.

Main initiatives

  • Every division established a “Smart WORK Plan” to change workstyles toward “creation” of time, and in turn generate new value, while ensuring proper labor hours, and promoting workstyle management.
  • The health of all employees, including those at sea undertaking onboard duties and those work overseas, is supported from both physical and mental aspects in cooperation with industrial medical professionals, doctors in in-house clinics, clinical psychotherapists, public health nurses, and the Human Resources Division.
  • Health lectures with themes such as stretching, walking, sleeping, and meals, and health campaign were presented to improve employees’ health consciousness.

MOL continuously supports the mental and physical health of every employee to create a sound, vital, innovative organization, aiming to realize an “excellent and resilient MOL Group that leads the world shipping industry.”

The Nippon Kenko Kaigi is an organization that takes practical actions, in collaboration with private organizations and with full administrative support, to ensure longer, healthier lifespans and to provide appropriate medical care, targeting individuals in Japan, a country facing a dramatically advancing aging society with a low birthrate. The organization aims to encourage workplaces and communities to achieve specific measures to overcome health-related challenges in collaboration with private organizations, e.g., economic associations, medical-care associations and insurers, and municipalities.