Support for Listed Companies

In order to raise investor interest in listed companies’ activities and encourage medium- to long-term investment, TSE and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) jointly select and publish lists of companies which are making proactive efforts in particular areas.

Nadeshiko Brands

In partnership with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), TSE annually publishes a list of companies which make proactive efforts to improve women’s participation and contributions in the workplace, under the name “Nadeshiko Brands”*. This includes creating an environment where women can continue working through all life stages.

The Nadeshiko Brands have been selected and the list published every year since 2012. The aim is to pique the interest of investors looking for medium- to long-term growth potential, by publicizing companies who make proactive efforts in this area as attractive investment opportunities. This in turn should speed up initiatives for women’s participation.

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  • ・"Nadeshiko” is a type of flower which grows in the Japanese mountains, and is often used as a symbol for Japanese women

The selection process

From 2012 to 2014, Nadeshiko Brands were selected from the TSE 1st Section, but as the range of companies making efforts to improve female participation grew bigger, in 2015 the selection pool was widened to the 2nd Section, Mothers and Jasdaq. In 2017 non-Japanese stocks were included for the first time.

In April 2016, the Japanese government introduced the Act on the Promotion of Female Participation and Career Advancement in the Workplace. In line with this Act, companies are screened according to whether they have made a Plan of Action for female participation (for companies with over 300 employees), and whether they upload data on the ratio of women in management positions to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare’s database. Companies that meet these conditions are then scored according to a survey, and a maximum of eight points are added to that score depending on each company’s ROE. Finally, the companies with the best score of each of 27 industries are chosen as Nadeshiko Brands. As a general rule, one or two companies are chosen from each industry (two if there are a large number of companies).

To ensure transparency, the exact details of the scoring system are decided after consultation with a committee consisting of investment and HR professionals.

Health & Productivity Stocks

Since 2014, also in partnership with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), TSE has annually published a list of companies which carry out strategic management initiatives related to employee health and productivity, under the name “Health and Productivity Stocks”. This means companies which see conserving and improving employee health as an investment for future profitability, and therefore take proactive measures to manage it.

We hope that spotlighting these Health and Productivity Stocks will lead to revitalized initiatives for improving employee productivity and dynamism, and eventually result in increased corporate value and results. Through improving the quality of life of workers, it may also contribute to solving social issues such as the cost of healthcare.

The aim is to pique the interest of investors looking for medium- to long-term growth potential, by publicizing companies who make proactive efforts in this area as attractive investment opportunities. This in turn should speed up initiatives for employee health.

The selection process

The "Health and Productivity Companies 2018" were selected using the following process.