The Consumer Goods Forum’s Collaboration for Healthier Lives (CHL) Japan local initiative has published a report on Supply Chains for Consumer Goods in the Age of COVID-19. This comes after a state of emergency was declared in Japan due to the pandemic, forcing companies to play their part in finding ways to keep their employees healthy while adapting to new work styles.
Caring for employees is essential to the CHL Coalition’s leadership agenda, and the Coalition continuously works towards driving collaborative efforts to improve the lives of employees, families, and the communities that CGF member companies serve. In this light, the report delves into industry efforts to maintain employee health during the COVID-19 pandemic, by showcasing actions implemented by Nestlé Japan, Kao, Kirin Holdings, and Lawson.
The report details the various efforts made to maintain supply chains for the consumer goods essential to day-to-day life during the global crisis, diving into manufacturing facilities, transportation, and retail. Beyond covering the trends and changes in public behaviour following the COVID-19 outbreak, the report also outlines aspects of Japanese culture and customs, as well as industry characteristics that member companies found key in responding to pandemic.
As the country prepares to host the Tokyo Nutrition for Growth Summit at the end of 2021, health, wellbeing, and nutrition is further catapulted to the forefront – as emphasised in the report through stakeholder insights from the Food Industry Affairs Bureau and the Japan Dietetic Association. Through their report, CHL Japan members encourage companies to continue to investigate ways to maintain and promote employee health as the country and the world at large adapts to the ‘new normal’.