CSR Initiatives

Initiatives with Employees

Health Maintenance and Improvement

Mazda is promoting Company-wide health improvement activities to maintain and enhance the health of Company employees emphasizing on reduction of health risks by conducting health checkups, and recognizing as priority issues on mental health measures, lifestyle improvements, aging countermeasures and health maintenance support overseas. Similar activities are promoted and supported at domestic Group companies.

Health Checkups

In addition to legally prescribed health checkups for all employees, Mazda carries out comprehensive medical checkups covering a variety of areas for employees when they reach the ages of, 25, 30, and 35, and when they pass the age of 40. Furthermore, the Company conducts complete physical checkups, including gastroscopy and abdominal ultrasonography, for employees when they reach the ages of 50, 54, and 58. Based on the results of these health checkups, the Company also promotes health by offering personal guidance and health education by Company doctors and nurses in order to protect employees' health.

Health Checkup Data
  FY March 2012 FY March 2013 FY March 2014
Percentage of employees receiving health checkups 100% 100% 100%
Number of comprehensive medical checkups (ages 30, 35, 40, or more)
(Breast cancer and uterine cancer examinations are available upon request.)
12,173 11,560 11,267
Number of general regular medical checkups (excluding the above) 14,244 17,092 17,929
Number of specific medical checkups 1,498 2,000 1,980
Number of overseas medical checkups 252 376 484
Number of people receiving personal guidance on the basis of health checkup results
(including specific health guidance)
588 637 1,871

Mental Health Measures

In 2003, Mazda declared its commitment to active cooperation between labor and management to promote employees' mental health in the Warm Heart Declaration. In addition, the Mazda Warm Heart Plan was formulated and is being implemented on an ongoing basis.

  • A consultation by Company doctors and nurses
  • Seminars for managers, and other employees
  • Stress diagnoses known as "vitality checkups" to assess the conditions of individuals and the organization
  • Support for employees who have taken time off to get back to work
Number of Participants in Mental Health Training
  FY March 2012 FY March 2013 FY March 2014
Training for newly appointed managers 201 198 202
Training for managers (advanced) 106 74 360
Training for third-year employees (Self-care seminar) 632 114 136
Training by division (at the division's request) 316 265 405

Major Initiatives

  • Labor and management cooperated to establish the Mental Health Project and construct a Company-wide support system (2007)
  • Mazda has introduced occupational stress diagnoses known as "vitality checkups" for all employees to reveal individual and organization-level risks. Based on the results of these diagnoses, each division takes initiatives in promoting workplace improvements (Implemented annually since 2008)
  • Mental health training for managers is conducted on an ongoing basis. An "Advanced Course" has been launched in 2009 just after 2008 basic training
  • Self-care seminar targeting third-year employees
  • Mental health training on demand of the workplace
  • Support for employees working in the affected areas by the Great East Japan Earthquake: a wide variety of support provided, including health support using physical condition check sheets and interviews via the Internet, and the distribution of first-aid kits to dealers (2011)
  • Mazda distributes copies of "Genki Tsushin," a healthcare bulletin that provides employees with useful hints on self care, to help them live a healthy and lively life (Published once a month since November 2012)

Measures to Prevent Lifestyle-Related Diseases

Non-Smoking Measures

Mazda has set a long-term target of reducing the percentage of smokers in the Company to 25%. To achieve this target, Mazda offers full individual support and promotes a nonsmoker-friendly environment. Since 2003, Mazda has had a Company-wide smoke-free day, which has been implemented once a month since FY March 2011. In addition, the provision of outside smoking areas is promoted to prevent passive smoking.

Lifestyle Improvements and Preventing Metabolic Syndrome

In April 2008, specific medical checkups and healthcare guidance became mandatory, and the Company has launched programs offering specific medical guidance (for both individuals and groups) by nurses and trainers. In FY March 2014, individual guidance was provided to 528 employees.

Walking to Improve Health

To support the improvement of health through walking, Mazda promotes walking, with the goal of getting 50% or more of employees to achieve 10,000 steps a day. Specific measures include: the "10,000-step Challenge" (with the goal of walking 10,000 steps a day), which is held for indirect employees; providing tools on the Company Intranet that help employees record the distances they walk; establishment of an in-house walking course; and the "Light Muscle Training While Walking" event, which combines walking and light muscle exercise.
Furthermore, the Company promotes walking through the Eco-Walk Commuting Program (with allowance payments).

<Light Muscle Training While Walking>

Light Muscle Training While Walking

As part the Health and Hygiene Month activities conducted in October every year, Mazda holds a walking event during lunchtime using the in-house walking course. In FY March 2014, the Light Muscle Training While Walking event was held. By adding exercises, such as high knees, side twists, tiptoeing to walking, this event was intended to build up participants' muscle strength and increase expenditure of calories. Approximately 200 employees participated.

Encouraging Healthy Eating

Starting in FY March 2010, a new type of healthy meal that is low calorie, low salt, and uses high-fiber ingredients, is being offered as a regular part of the Company lunch menu. It is also applied to dietary instruction of specific health guidance.

Data on Measures to Prevent Lifestyle-Related Diseases
  FY March 2012 FY March 2013 FY March 2014
Anti-smoking promotion activities Percentage of employees who smoke 31.2% 30.3% 30.6%
Number of employees receiving nicotine patches / guidance 85 39 16
Walking activities Number of participants in the "10,000-steps Challenge"/ Percentage of employees who achieved 10,000 steps per day 8,393
Number of participants in Mazda Active Walking
Smile Course (2,000 km/year)
Steady Course (2,500 km/year)
Speedy Course (3,000 km/year)




Health Risk Measures

Preventing Health Problems and Accidents Due to Overwork

In April 2003, Mazda initiated a system where Company doctors and nurses conduct interviews with employees who work more than a certain amount of overtime and offer guidance to prevent potential sickness resulting from overwork.
In July 2007, Mazda started a No-Overtime Week system in which these employees are prohibited from working overtime and from working on holidays. The Company has also introduced a health status check tool called the SEE Check*1, which comprises health checks of members by supervisors.

  • *1Confirmation of sleeping habits (Are you getting enough sleep?), eating habits (Are you eating well?), and life enjoyment (Are you finding time for hobbies and enjoying life?).

Prevention of Falling Accidents and Measures to Help Aging Employees

Zoom-Zoom Stretching Exercises

Mazda has independently developed and introduced performance safety tests and fun exercises to prevent falling accidents and protect aging employees in production divisions. In comparisons between pre-introduction and post-introduction periods among employees 50 years of age or older, balance and alertness have improved. In divisions not directly connected to production, "Zoom-Zoom Stretching Exercises" for the maintenance and enhancement of sense of balance and leg strength is being implemented at each workplace so as to help employees develop healthy bodies and prevent falling accidents.
As the measures for aging of society, these initiatives are gaining attention in the occupational health field: information on the initiatives has been provided to the Japan Safety & Health Association, and research results have been presented at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in the United States. In addition, a large number of inquiries are being received from both Japan and overseas.

System for Health Maintenance Support Overseas

For employees on overseas assignment, Mazda carries out health checkups before they leave Japan and provides healthcare instructions after they return to Japan. While employees are working overseas, Mazda offers consultations via e-mail, telephone and the Internet to support their health maintenance, from the time they leave Japan to the time of their return. Moreover, every time a new overseas project is launched, the Company makes efforts to reduce the anxiety of assigned employees, by obtaining information on the healthcare situation of the relevant country, and showing specific measures to be taken when a health problem arises there.
In recent years, for employees assigned to work in an emerging country, Mazda has offered on-site healthcare consultations limited to the setup period of a production site. Company medical staff members are dispatched to the local site, where they are involved in early detection of, and responding to health problems through face-to-face communication.

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