Allowing Diverse Human Resources to Excel

Allowing Diverse Human Resources to Excel (Gender)

Management Approach

We have been advancing initiatives to empower women since fiscal 2007, mainly in two stages: “established practice and active participation” and “creating managerial positions.” In particular, we have focused on expanding the areas in which women can participate. As a result of practical training targeted at female candidates for managerial positions and their immediate superiors, the retention rate of female employees improved and the number of females in managerial positions increased. In April 2019, one woman was appointed as an executive officer, and the in-house academy (Innovation School), where she serves as leader, increased opportunities for women to actively participate in the company, for example by proposing “methods of employing the potential of women in management” to the management ranks.

In recognition of these efforts, we were selected as a Nadeshiko Brand* in fiscal 2020. This is the fourth time we have been selected following on fiscal 2016, fiscal 2017, and fiscal 2019.

Under the Long-term Vision and new Medium-term Plan for 2020 to 2022, we set updated target values related to empowering women. In addition to “established practice and active participation” and “creating managerial positions,” we are also working on “enhancing the employment of women” and “training following promotion to managerial positions (creating women directors).”

  • Held since fiscal 2012, “Nadeshiko Brand” is intended to encourage investment in and accelerate initiatives among companies, whereby the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Tokyo Stock Exchange presents listed companies making exceptional efforts to empower women as brands that are attractive to investors who prioritize medium- to long-term growth in corporate value.
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■Targets for promotion of women's activities

Number of women in management positions (goals) :FY2025 80 FY2030 120

Major Initiatives

Retention and Empowerment of Young Female Employees

In order to retain young female employees and encourage their participation at the earliest possible time, we offer training programs, including hands-on training cycles and career building, for female employees in their first through fourth years of employment. This training fosters greater awareness while enabling women to take on leadership roles from an early stage, as well as to learn and undertake challenges on their own.

Fostering Women’s Candidacy for Management Positions

Targeting women employees who hope to be appointed to management positions and their direct supervisors, the Company is conducting a Career Development Program for Women. This educational program has been put in place with the aim of fostering awareness and gaining the achievements appropriate for management positions. We have been continually conducting this program across the entire Group.

This program was held online during fiscal 2020, and at 52 individuals it was attended by more people than in the previous year. It was also well received, with attendees commenting that it was easy to participate even while raising children. As a means of enhancing support for growth among each individual participant, lecturers also provided mid-term guidance as part of the program when putting growth issues into practice.

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52 Women and 45 Superiors Attended During Fiscal 2020

Recognition of Sexual Minorities, Including LGBT

In its Personnel and human rights policies, SEKISUI CHEMICAL Group states that all forms of discrimination are prohibited. The Company’s diversity management policy recognizes that the orientations and strengths of each employee are different, and aims to make the most of these differences though the implementation of initiatives based on a broad definition of diversity, rather than one based solely on gender.

Performance Data

Number of New-graduate Hires / Ratio of Women among New-Graduate Hires (SEKISUI CHEMICAL Group in Japan)

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  • Note:
    Includes certain affiliates accounted for by the equity method and non-consolidated subsidiaries.

Number of Women in Management Positions and Ratio of Women to Total Hires

Number of Women Directors and Managers

  Directors
(Outside Directors)
Audit and Supervisory Board Members
(Outside Audit and Supervisory Board Members)
Executive Officer
FY2020 Number of Women Directors (Sekisui Chemical) 1 1 1
  FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020
Number of women directors
(Sekisui Chemical Group)
2 2 2 2
Number of women in management positions
(Sekisui Chemical Group in Japan)
138 156 185 187

Career Development Program for Women

  FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020
Number of program attendees Women 90 58 35 39 52
Superiors 77 44 31 24 45

Data on Employees

Sekisui Chemical

  FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020
Employees*1 Men (number of paeople) 3,239 3,290 3,331 3,327 3,308
Women (number of people) 490 533 587 629 652
Ratio of women (%) 13.1 13.9 15.0 15.9 16.5
Permanent, full-time employees*2 Men (number of paeople) 2,955 3,005 3,072 3,073 3,060
Women (number of people) 441 483 532 570 601
Ratio of women (%) 13.0 13.8 14.8 15.6 16.4
Average years of continuous employment*2 Men (number of people) 18.1 17.7 17.3 17.2 17.2
Women (number of people) 14.3 13.7 13.2 12.6 12.4
New graduates hired*3 Men (number of paeople) 77 90 114 96 83
Women (number of people) 35 39 39 35 43
Ratio of women (%) 31.3 30.2 25.5 26.7 34.1
Employees hired mid-career*3 Men (number of paeople) 39 70 44 29 21
Women (number of people) 5 6 9 4 2
Ratio of women (%) 11.4 7.9 17.0 12.1 8.7
Ratio of mid-career (%)*4 28.2 37.1 25.7 20.1 15.4
Managerial positions (managers) Men (number of paeople) 696 689 685 678 672
Women (number of people) 24 27 30 41 44
Ratio of women (%) 3.3 3.8 4.2 5.7 6.1
Managerial positions (department managers and general managers) Men (number of paeople) 597 612 637 642 649
Women (number of people) 11 14 14 15 16
Ratio of women (%) 1.8 2.2 2.2 2.3 2.4
Managerial positions Men (number of paeople) 1,293 1,301 1,322 1,320 1,321
Women (number of people) 35 41 44 56 60
Ratio of women (%) 2.6 3.1 3.2 4.1 4.3
Employees newly appointed to managerial positions Men (number of paeople) 46 53 63 68 58
Women (number of people) 1 6 3 14 6
Ratio of women (%) 2.1 10.2 4.5 17.1 9.4
  • *1
    Workers with direct employment relationships with the Group (including permanent, full-time employees and non-regular employees as well as workers on loan from the Group to other companies but excluding workers on loan from other companies to the Group)
  • *2
    Employees with no determined period of employment (including workers on loan from the Group to other companies but excluding workers on loan from other companies to the Group).In addition, average years of continuous employment were corrected by going back to data from last year (fiscal 2019).
  • *3
    Number of employees, who joined the Group from April to March of the following year (Employees with no determined period of employment)
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    Ratio of mid-career hires to all hires

Age Composition of Permanent, Full-time Employees* in Fiscal 2020 (SEKISUI CHEMICAL)

  Less than 30 years old 30 to 39 years old 40 to 49 years old 50 to 59 years old 60 and above
Number of permanent, full-time employees by age Men 454 591 848 1,132 35
Women 189 125 138 144 5
  • Note:
    Employees with no determined period of employment (including workers on loan from the Group to other companies but excluding workers on loan from other companies to the Group)

Employee turnover (Sekisui Chemical)

  Men Women Total
FY2019 Employee turnover (number of people) 63 10 73
Employee turnover rate (%) 2.0 1.7 2.0
FY2020 Employee turnover (number of people) 48 26 74
Employee turnover rate (%) 1.6 4.3 2.0
Indicator Calculation method
Employee turnover rate (Annual employee turnover (number of people) /Number of employees as of April of the subject year) x 100
  • Note:
    Excluding those who retired after reaching the mandatory retirement age and those who moved to another company of the Group
  • Note:
    Employees with no determined period of employment (including workers on loan from the Group to other companies but excluding workers on loan from other companies to the Group)

All Consolidated Subsidiaries in Japan

  FY2015 FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019
Employees Men (number of paeople) 15,619 15,684 16,136 16,362 16,360
Women (number of people) 4,313 4,394 4,702 5,048 5,149
Ratio of women (%) 21.6 21.9 22.6 23.6 23.9
New graduates hired Men (number of paeople) 453 395 486 572 427
Women (number of people) 176 145 211 251 176
Ratio of women (%) 28.0 26.9 30.3 30.5 29.2
Managerial positions (managers) Men (number of paeople) 2,763 2,843 2,922 2,926 2,924
Women (number of people) 84 92 118 130 158
Ratio of women (%) 3.0 3.1 3.9 4.3 5.1
Managerial positions (department managers and general managers) Men (number of paeople) 1,512 1,520 1,534 1,588 1,595
Women (number of people) 18 23 22 26 24
Ratio of women (%) 1.2 1.5 1.4 1.4 1.5
Managerial positions Men (number of paeople) 4,275 4,363 4,456 4,514 4,519
Women (number of people) 102 115 140 156 182
Ratio of women (%) 2.3 2.6 3.0 3.3 3.9
Management personnel (frontier leaders) Men (number of paeople) 204 167 167 204 206
Women (number of people) 1 4 5 5 4
Ratio of women (%) 0.5 2.3 2.9 2.4 1.9
Employees newly appointed to managerial positions Men (number of paeople) 160 180 215 211 241
Women (number of people) 15 7 29 20 38
Ratio of women (%) 8.6 3.7 11.9 8.7 13.6
  • Note:
    The above table was prepared based on the results of the survey conducted in July
  • Note:
    As of June 2021, data for fiscal 2020 is currently being calculated.