Prevention of HIV/AIDS and support for those infected and their families
Panasonic believes that, armed with the proper knowledge, HIV/AIDS can be prevented, and unnecessary confusion and worry in the workplace can be avoided. Thus, the company has undertaken education of all its employees as the cornerstone of its initiatives in this area. When conducting human resources management, the company deems the protection of the human rights of all employees, including those who may be infected with HIV, as a foundational principle and adheres to four subsidiary principles: Panasonic keeps personal information confidential, prohibits discrimination in personnel matters, bans compulsory testing for HIV antibodies, and carries out educational activities.
Initiatives for Preventing Damage to Health
With regard to the Stress Check System, which became codified into law in December 2015, Panasonic carries out checks in conjunction with its regular health screenings and follows measures at each business site to ensure that all Group employees receive these checks. Results of stress checks are used to make employees aware of their stress levels and are combined with feedback analyzing workplace conditions. This information is used in measures to preempt mental health issues by bringing vitality to workplaces.
Employees who work more hours or whose regular health screening results suggest a need for monitoring their safety receive consultation, based on Panasonic's own criteria, from an occupational physician, while measures are taken to prevent damage to the employee's health by addressing working conditions, etc.
Furthermore, under Healthy Panasonic 2018, which is run by the Panasonic labor union, the health insurance association, and Panasonic Corporation, employees have taken part, since 2011, in a ball toss game as a measure for promoting better employee health. When the Company started promoting the game, a decline in physical and muscular strength due to aging had been identified as one cause of the sharp rise in occupational accidents from falls while walking or going up or down stairs. The ball game is a means for employees to become aware of their state of physical fitness and to communicate more with one another, since the game helps make personal exercise a habit and improves communication in the workplace. From 2015, we have held a Company-wide tournament with more than 32,000 employees participating annually.