Basis for Fostering Personnel

Management Approach

Basic ConceptImproving Group-wide Human Resources Capabilities

As it strives to empower Group human resources to achieve sustainable growth, the Sekisui Chemical Group is advancing a variety of efforts to secure and train human resources.

Medium-term PlanSpecific Targets Set, Various Measures Being Enacted

Under the CSR Medium-term Plan (fiscal 2017 to fiscal2019), through even further advancements for diversity and the promotion of initiatives for work style innovation, we are endeavoring to build an organizational culture in which all employees can work dynamically.

Human Resources

Key Measures Medium-term Targets FY2017 Targets FY2017 Results
Promote diversity
  • 1)
    Empower women
  • Raise the ratio of women to total hires to 35%
  • Raise the number of women in management positions to 200
  • Maintain the ratio of women to total hires at 30-39%
  • Raise the number of women in management positions to 145
  • Maintained the ratio of women to total hires at 30%
  • The number of women in management positions: 138
  • 2)
    Develop global talent employees
Raise the number of participants in the Global Trainee Program to 20 Raise the number of participants in the Global Trainee Program to 10 The number of participants in the Global Trainee Program: 10

Pledge to Society

Key Measures Medium-term Targets FY2017 Targets FY2017 Results
Working Environment
  • 1.
    Manage and control prolonged working hours (in excess of 2,000 hours annually)
Reduce the number of Group companies where employees work more than 2,000 hours on an annual basis by 30% (vs. FY2016)* Reduce the number of Group companies where employees work more than 2,000 hours on an annual basis by 20% (vs. FY2016) Reduced the number of Group companies where employees work more than 2,000 hours on an annual basis by 2% (vs. FY2016)
  • 2.
    Promote health management
Raise the number of Group companies certified as an Excellent Enterprise of Health and Productivity Management . White 500 by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to 21 Raise the number of Group companies certified as an Excellent Enterprise of Health and Productivity Management . White 500 by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to four Raised the number of Group companies certified as an Excellent Enterprise of Health and Productivity Management . White 500 by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to five
  • The medium-term target was revised, because it required more time than anticipated to formulate a policy and publicize the activities.
Major Initiatives

Training Systems to Support Our BusinessesPromoting the Growth of Each Employee

The Sekisui Chemical Group is operating a training system with various programs tailor-made to match various career plans with stages differentiated by level and skill. As our business categories are extensive and we employ a divisional company system whereby each department is given substantial authority to make its own decisions, the Group operates its system of development of human resources at the level of each company and subsidiary of the Group, based on the philosophy and programs that serve as the fundament.
At the same time, some programs such as initial training of new employees, level-specific training by qualification grade, career planning training, or business leaders' training are developed across the Group to promote improvements in power of human resources in the Group as a whole.

Consolidation of Labor ConditionsMeasures to Improve Compensation and Labor Conditions

With the aim of securing and developing personnel throughout the Sekisui Chemical Group that goes beyond company and individual Group company frameworks, we will continually work to upgrade various systems and improve labor conditions based on the results of our analysis of labor conditions at domestic Group companies. We also conduct investigations of not only compensation levels but also the working hours, use of paid leave, and flexible work styles- aspects that are linked to reform of the very way we work - with the intent of optimizing conditions across the entire Group.

Labor-management RelationsLabor-management Cooperation and Communication

The Sekisui Chemical Group strives to understand and respects the positions of labor unions. We believe that through close communications between labor and management we can resolve our common problems based on a shared objective of advancing the Company.
In Japan, in fiscal 2017, there were 16 independent labor unions with 4,886 employees in the All-Sekisui Chemical Labor Union Federation, while Sekisui Chemical Labor Union, which is the core organization in the Federation, had 2,380 members (as the Group employs a union shop system, rate of membership is 100% (of employees eligible to become union members))

BenefitsProviding Adequate Benefits Regardless of Gender, and Welfare Benefits to Non-full-time Employees, Including Health Insurance and Childcare Leave

At Sekisui Chemical, base salaries are the same for each gender, and proper benefits are provided regardless of gender.
Sekisui Chemical also has systems in place that provide welfare benefits to contracted employees, such as contract employees, including healthcare (i.e., health checkups), compensation for disabilities and illnesses that arise at work, and childcare leave. Only indefinite-term employees are eligible to join the Company's life insurance, defined-benefit retirement plans, and shareholding programs.

Periodic Evaluation of Individual Performance and Career Development

At Sekisui Chemical, we are working to build a system for human resources that enables people to thrive, regardless of age or attributes. Our source of growth is found in those tasks we perform on an everyday basis. Indicating the specific actions an employee needs to take and the abilities needed to execute tasks in order to achieve a sustained level of consistently optimal results, there is the Sekisui Self-Accountability & Competency Sheet (SSAC Sheet).
The Sekisui Chemical Group bases all of its business activities on its corporate philosophy called the "3S Principles" aiming to achieve satisfaction of its stakeholders. Based on these 3S Principles, the SSAC Sheet lists the roles and responsibilities of our employees in execution of their business duties as well as concrete behavior required by the Group from employees in each course, at each qualification level.
Under the Group's evaluation system, employees are assessed not only by their business results but also by the process that led them to the results and the personal growth they achieved through accomplishment of the tasks (increase of task-execution abilities). The SSAC Sheet serves as a standard for this evaluation.
Superiors and subordinates are provided with regular opportunities to discuss the individual goal setting and assessment. All permanent, full-time employees irrespective of their job description or level are target to this initiative.

Employee Awareness Surveys (Engagement)

To constantly monitor whether work is fulfilling for the employees, to find aspects that can be improved, and devise required measures at each organization, the Sekisui Chemical Group regularly conducts employee opinion polls (engagement surveys) of all the workers of the Group.
The term "engagement" refers to the feeling of individual workers that they are the key players, to the pride and enthusiasm they feel regarding their work, the determination to do one's best and not give up until the results surpass
everyone's expectations ≒ willingness to contribute to the organization, sense of fulfillment.
With the employee opinion poll conducted in 2016, we analyzed the state of engagement and factors that improve it. As a result of the analysis, we came to the conclusion that the most effective way to improve employees' engagement is to work with two factors, namely, diversity (understanding, recognizing and utilizing the fact that distinctive characteristics differ from one employee to another) and productive work environment (support of productivity growth in business processes)

Performance Data

Average Hours per FTE of Training and Development in FY2017 (Sekisui Chemical)

FY2017
Average hours per FTE of training and development 9.87 hours

Note: Educational programs held at Sekisui Chemical’s Human Resources Department at Headquarters

Training Programs Common to Entire Company to Improve Group-wide Human Resources Capabilities

(Number of people)
New employee induction training 944
Employee rank-based training system 267
Training for newly appointed managers 972

Number of New-graduate Hires / Percentage of Women Among New-Graduate Hires (the Sekisui Chemical Group in Japan)

Employee Turnover Rate in First Three Years of Employment (Sekisui Chemical)

Entered in FY2013 Entered in FY2014 Entered in FY2015
Employee turnover rate in first three years of employment (%) 10.7 7.4 8.0
Indicator Calculation method
Employee turnover rate in first three years of employment (%) Employee turnover rate in first three years of employment for each fiscal year