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Work Style Reforms

To improve productivity and develop self-disciplined human resources, we have formulated Work Style Reform Declaration based on two pillars: promoting comfortable remote work and creating new value with tools responding to change.

Work Style Reform Declaration

We recommend "diversified work styles" for "Creating an organization comprised of passionate individuals working together" of Nittoku BX.

• Promote comfortable remote work to employees
 → Create an environment with a goal of a remote work rate of 70% or more.
• Prepare tools that respond to change and create new value
 → To that end, we will invest in digital solutions.

And we want you to find the best for yourself from the many options and become a “self-disciplined human resource who can continue to add value”.
NGK SPARK PLUG Group respects each person's values and aspirations.

We are working to put in place a remote access environment and introduce a telephone extension system even available for employees working remotely or on business trips to realize the work style reforms.
We are also promoting the creation of working environment where employees can more easily work remotely by eliminating a requirement for attendance (clock-in time), offering a remote work allowance, putting in place satellite offices and sharing information on ingenious approaches for remote work taken at workplaces.
We will review the modality of organization as well as our business management through the promotion of remote work, and create self-disciplined human resources who are not tied down to tradition and capable of creating new value.

Reduction in Working Hours

We are working to reduce overtime in order to reduce total working hours. When pre-planned overtime is known about, the company management and the labor union confirm the situation in the workplace and engage in consultation designed to keep working hours within the target. As a result of addressing the issues discussed at the labor reform committee, we are starting no-overtime Wednesdays and prohibiting overtime in excess of five hours per day.

Furthermore, as a measure of the labor reform committee, we added a new regulation for having 10-hour intermission between working hours, and failing to comply with the rules is expected to be subject of the labor-management consultation as a strategy for suppressing overtime work.
An annual variable working system was introduced from April 2020, allowing workers to set their monthly working hours according to the year’s busy seasons, allowing for a reduction in overtime and a more flexible working style.

Labor-Management Relations

Labor-management relations should be oriented to the combined employer-employee effort to contribute to society through the provision of good products and services. At NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD., both labor and management understand their respective responsibilities and strive to improve the work environment through mutual trust and cooperation.
Labor-management conferences are held three to four times a year on individual workplace and companywide bases, providing communication opportunities. These are chances to discuss various topics including the company's situation and how to improve the labor environment, and opportunities for employees to have their opinions heard.

NGK SPARK PLUG Group labor union

NGK SPARK PLUG Group labor union’s participation rate 92%
(As of March 31, 2021)

*Including CERAMIC SENSOR CO., LTD, SparkTech WKS CO., Ltd.

Initiatives that Consider Work-Life Balance

We are promoting initiatives improve the work-life balance of employees.
The number of employees on child care leave is approximately 50, and 98% of female employees are eligible for paid family leave. Recently, male employees take leave every year as well. Almost all employees returned to work after the leave.
Additionally, to further promote diverse work styles, the shortened workday system, based on childcare and nursing care, has undergone review and is now open to all with no requirements, expanding the options employees have for work.

Number of Employees Using the Leave Schemes