Basic Policy and Approach

We have established the “Basic Policy on Disaster Prevention, Health and Safety” listed below and taken measures to obtain the ISO 45001 occupational safety and health management system standards with a goal to protect the health and safety of employees and maintain a safe and pleasant workplace environment they can thrive in. In addition, each employee plays an important role in maintaining a safe and healthy workplace and taking proactive measures to prevent disasters or the recurrence of accidents, in accordance with our Code of Conduct.”

ISO 45001 certified sites: 

  • Renesas Electronics Corp.: Yonezawa Factory, Oita Factory, Nishiki Factory
  • Renesas Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.: Naka Factory, Takasaki Factory, Saijo Factory, Kawashiri Factory
  • Renesas Semiconductor (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.
  • Renesas Semiconductor (Kedah) Sdn. Bhd.
  • Renesas Electronics (Penang) Sdn. Bhd.
  • Renesas Semiconductor (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
  • Renesas Semiconductor Technology (M) Sdn. Bhd.

Basic Policy on Disaster Prevention, Health and Safety

  1. We protect the health and safety of employees and create a safe and pleasant workplace environment in which they can fully demonstrate their talents and abilities.
  2. To realize “safe and stable operations” and fulfill “our responsibility to supply to our customers,” which constitute our duty as a manufacturer, all employees participate in health and safety initiatives and continuously implement the plan-do-check-act (PDCA) cycle for our health and safety policies
  3. We promote true safety enhancement by observing laws and regulations related to occupational health and safety, by implementing educational opportunities, by enhancing public awareness, and by carrying out risk assessment.

(Basic Health and Safety Regulations, Article 7)

 

Renesas Global Code of Conduct
(32. Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS))

  1. Renesas is also committed to providing a safe workplace for employees, customers, vendors, contractors, and others on Renesas property. We comply with the safety laws, standards, and guidelines that apply to our business. Sound safety practices are important in all of our workplaces.

    To protect our employees, the public, and our communities, we do not conduct any activity without the proper safety precautions, and we do not produce any product without the proper safeguards. We believe workplace injuries and illnesses are preventable.  We communicate our expectations and safety protocols to employees and suppliers and explain the potential health and safety risks and implications of not following these requirements.

(Excerpt from Code of Conduct)


Agreement with the Labor Union

Renesas entered into a labor agreement that contains the following provisions regarding “health and safety.”

Agreement regarding “health and safety” at Renesas Electronics Corporation
(From “Labor Agreement,” Chapter 7)

Article 94: Health and Safety

  1. The Company shall take necessary measures for health and safety in the workplace.
  2. The Company shall establish a Safety and Health Committee for each place of business to achieve the purpose described in the preceding Paragraph and as necessary, install facilities, lend protective equipment and employ a physician.
  3. Union members shall observe the necessary matters provided for by the Company to prevent harm and accidents and ensure health.
  4. The Union may express opinions to the Company regarding health and safety.

Article 95: Safety and Health Committee

  • The Safety and Health Committee described in Paragraph 2 of the preceding Article shall consist of the chairperson designated by the head of the place of business and the committee members appointed by the head of the place of business.

Article 96: Education and Training for Health and Safety

  • The Company shall provide the Union members with the necessary education and training for health and safety for the prevention of harm and accidents and the promotion of health maintenance.

Article 97: Medical Examination

  • The Company shall provide medical examinations for Union members once or more per year.

 

Group-wide Activities

In order to “preserve the health and safety of employees and create a safe and pleasant workplace environment in which they can fully demonstrate their talents and abilities,” we conduct various activities related to occupational health and safety for employees in collaboration with the department in charge of health and safety under CFO’s supervision. In addition, we set up health and safety management teams, composed of health and safety officers, at each site and group company in Japan, and these teams work in line with the “Renesas Electronics Group Disaster Prevention, Health and Safety Management Policy” which is discussed at the “Companywide Health and Safety Conference”, which is held regularly. In addition, activities are made to disseminate policies and information of various sorts related to health and safety among group companies as well as independent contractors working at their facilities, and disaster prevention and health and safety initiatives are undertaken by the whole Renesas Group.

Additionally, health and safety personnel located in overseas sites disseminate health and safety–related targets and information, participate in efforts to prevent industrial accidents, and work to strengthen the health and safety management of the Renesas Group overall.

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image: Company-Wide activities

 

Efforts to Ensure a Safe and Healthy Workplace

  • Management Targets

    We are committed to creating workplaces where employees and contractors working within Renesas can engage their jobs safely and in good health and we are all working to achieve the global target of “zero occupational accidents with days away from work (note)”. When accidents do occur, efforts are made to share information throughout the company and to raise awareness in order to prevent future recurrences.

    Note: 1 day away from work or more resulting from occupational accidents

  • Safety Initiatives

    Renesas’ manufacturing sites and design facilities around the world are working proactively to prevent industrial accidents through an occupational health and safety management system that identifies risks and implements countermeasures using risk management and KY (kiken yochi or “hazard prediction”) initiatives. In addition, direct employees at factories undergo regular monthly health and safety education.

    When industrial accidents occur at sites outside of Japan, our health and safety personnel make efforts to track down the causes, and then provide advice and guidance for preventing recurrence where necessary. In addition, information on industrial accidents is shared across Renesas Group companies to raise awareness. As a whole, Renesas Group companies are working to prevent recurrence through the consistently applied management, tracking, and sharing of information on industrial accidents.

  • Preparations for Emergencies
    We promote the establishment a safe and healthy workplace by following the below initiatives: 
    - Establishment of a response procedure for the occurrence of an emergency 
    - Establishment of an emergency team to deal with the incident in the occurrence of an emergency 
    - Evacuation drills with the assumption of an occurrence of an emergency 
    - Education within various offices and sites 

  • Health Initiatives

    In addition to medical examinations for all employees and medical examinations at the time of hiring, all employees handling dangerous chemicals or working the night shift receive special medical examinations, or medical examinations specifically for employees performing such designated jobs.

    Occupational health physicians, nurses, and our own health and safety staff work together with a focus on maintaining and improving physical health, ensuring good mental health, and preventing burn out. They carry out medical examinations for employees working excessive overtime, follow-up on the results of these medical examinations, and arrange consultation and guidance from occupational health physicians referencing the results of stress checks based on the “guidelines for maintaining and improving the mental health of workers” established by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. They also implement measures to reduce stress as well as provide mental health education based on analysis of the departments in which high-stress individuals work. In addition, a permanent and full-scale telecommuting system has been introduced as a new way to work under the “new normal,” and its adoption is expanding. We assess one’s stress level of working from home as part of the standard process.

    In addition, Renesas is collaborating with a health insurance association to reduce the number of persons at risk of disease by disseminating health information via a smartphone app, offering online medical examinations using telecommunications equipment to link to medical institutions, providing tailored health guidance and advice for the prevention of serious illness, and implementing 24-hour telephone consultations and counseling with outside institutions, principally for mental health care.

    When events such as a large-scale outbreak of infectious disease affecting multiple countries occurs, we issue instructions covering government directives from various countries, collect information involving all sites, and offer a set of unified global response measures to prevent employees from becoming infected such as restrictions of business trips. We also provide support in the form of supplies such as hygiene products when necessary.

In response to COVID-19, a taskforce was promptly established under the leadership of the CEO to rapidly roll out measures to prevent infection of employees, customers, and suppliers, both inside and outside the company, in compliance with directives from governments and related agencies throughout the entire Renesas Group. In addition to quickly implementing thorough health measures in offices, distributing masks to employees, and making telecommuting available throughout the company, we put the health and safety of our employees and their families first, by taking measures to prevent the spread of infection and create an environment in which employees could work with peace of mind, such as globally shortening work hours and suspending operations where appropriate.

Creating a Pleasant Workplace Environment

Promoting Work-Life Balance

In line with our Action Policy of “maintaining a work environment that respects work-life balance,” we set our “Work-Life Balance Promotion Month” from April through to May each year, efforts are made to maintain an environment oriented toward reducing long work hours and encouraging employees to utilize their planned annual paid leaves, and we promote activities emphasizing “mental and physical health for employees”.

We set a motto to maintain an appropriate balance in work and life: “working during work time and resting during rest time”. The aim is to achieve a synergy between “work” and “life” with ample vacation and leisure time to refresh the mind and body while realizing a way of working that combines quality of work and effective utilization of time.

Our Action Policy

  1. Maintaining an appropriate balance in work and life, “working during work time and resting during rest time,” is the key goal. A good balance between “work” and “life” is essential, and by enhancing the quality of “life” we can also improve the quality of “work.”
  2. With regards to “work,” we will continue our endeavors to reduce long work hours, encourage employees to utilize vacation days, eliminate industrial accidents and accidents occurring while commuting to and from work, and provide mental health care.
  3. With regards to “life,” we have designed initiatives to give employees more awareness of their fatigue levels and enable them to understand for themselves the necessity of rest, as well as activities aimed at providing employees with a sense of fulfillment and refreshment in their everyday lives, from the viewpoint of “mental and physical health for employees”.

Initiatives to Reduce Long Working Hours

The average prescribed working hours at Renesas is 7 hours and 45 minutes per day, with 129 days off (in 2022).

Alongside the laws and regulations on working hours as well as the 36 Agreement (an agreement between Renesas and the labor union that sets the maximum limit for overtime work), we have established a policy to reduce long working hours with the aim to maintain overwork "within 45 hours per month in principle, and maximum 80 hours per month". To realize our policy target, employees in managerial positions thoroughly manage their subordinates' working hours, and HR personnel follows up with employees to control overtime hours and objectively grasp employee working hours through the use of card readers. In addition, in order to create a pleasant workplace, the labor union works together to promote employees to use their annual paid leave. 

As a result, in 2021, the average monthly overtime hours for a labor union member was 28.4 hours, and the annual paid leave days taken were 14.3 days. 

Industrial Accidents

We track all industrial accidents that cause operational shutdowns on a global basis and strive to prevent those accidents through proactive information-sharing. The average number of disasters between 2017-2019 was 16, 11 in 2020, and 19* in 2020. In addition, in 2021, we had no fatal work-related accidents among our employees and temporary workers, except for one case that was caused by COVID-19 infection.

Rate of "Occupational Accidents with Days Away from Work" [Overall Renesas Group]

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Rate of Occupational Accidents with Days Away from Work

*Dialog not included. Excluding the number of COVID-19 infected people who were certified as occupational accidents in the US in 2021.

Breakdown (by Region) of "Occupational Accidents with Days Away from Work"

Number of Accidents 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021*
Target Number of Incidents 0 0 0 0 0
Japan 3 5 4 3 4
US 5 5 2 2 2
Europe 3 3 7 3 4
Other Asia 4 4 2 3 9
Total 15 17 15 11 19

*Excluding the number of COVID-19 infected people who were certified as occupational accidents in the US in 2021.


Contributing to SDGs

Renesas’ efforts in Safe and Healthy Working Environment contributes to these Sustainable Development Goals targets:

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8-Decent Work and Economic Growth

8.8 Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment