ITOCHU is Selected as a Health & Productivity Stock for 2024

- Further Promoting Health and Productivity Management: Aiming to Solve Social Issues Through Sleep Improvement –

March 11, 2024

ITOCHU Corporation (headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo; Keita Ishii, President & COO; hereinafter “ITOCHU”) announced that it is selected as a Health & Productivity Stock for 2024 jointly by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The Health & Productivity Stock program selects listed companies that strategically consider and address the management of the health and productivity of their employees from a managerial approach. ITOCHU has also been certified as an Outstanding Health and Productivity Management Organization (White 500) for the eighth consecutive year by METI.
The following initiatives were given as reasons for ITOCHU’s selection as a Health & Productivity Stock for 2024.

1. Efforts to Maintain and Promote Women’s Health and ITOCHU’s Response to Health Issue Specific to Women

1) The incidence rate of cancer among women of working age is approximately twice that of men. ITOCHU has been actively promoting its Support for Balancing Cancer Care and Work program since 2017, and it has become an important initiative in supporting the advancement of women.

2) Since 2023, ITOCHU has been facing health issues for female employees of all generations head-on as a company through the utilization of Femtech. A Femtech event was held internally in August 2023 attracted around 700 employees and helped promote an understanding among participants of the unique health issues women face.

2. Disclosure and Sharing of Information on Health and Productivity Management Initiatives

As a leading company in the management of the health and productivity of its employees, ITOCHU has pioneered a variety of initiatives based on its corporate mission of "Sampo-yoshi." These include onsite COVID-19 vaccinations, onsite rubella antibody tests, and the Sleep Improvement Program (see below). ITOCHU also actively communicated its health and productivity management initiatives to the public to raise awareness of and help solve societal health issues. Morning Activity Seminar for Top Management & Health and Productivity Management
ITOCHU will continue to actively work to improve labor productivity and expand corporate value through the management of the health and productivity of its employees.

  • *The Japanese term kenkokeiei (health & productivity management) is a registered trademark of Nonprofit Organization Kenkokeiei.

For reference: About the Sleep Improvement Program

ITOCHU is focusing on sleep as the next important measure in the management of health and productivity. Japan is the lowest among developed nations for hours of sleep each night, with sleep disorders being a social issue. As announced on November 20, 2023, ITOCHU implemented its Sleep Improvement Program from November 2023 to January 2024, and 736 employees participated, 357 of the participants, or around half, were found to have sleep disorders after using electroencephalograms, etc. ITOCHU plans to offer support towards improving employees' sleep through medical treatment and more.

Sleep Improvement Program Verification Results
● A sleep situation survey* of 736 employees learned that 58.6% (431/736) had serious sleep issues, such as tendencies toward insomnia or sleep apnea syndrome (SAS).
*An online questionnaire survey (required time: about 10 minutes) for quickly assessing the sleep situation of each respondent

● A sleep electroencephalogram of 357 employees learned that 50.1% (179/357) were rated as "sleep improvement required" or "sleep disorders suspected".