Human Rights

Human Rights Education

Creating workplaces where employees respect each other's human rights

We strictly prohibit discrimination and harassment in "Our Standards of Conduct" and other policies and this applies throughout the Group. Employees receive education about the Standards of Conduct when they are recruited in an effort to raise awareness of human rights issues.

We consider and implement the kind of human right education that we ought to provide as a company, and urge each employee to gain a proper understanding of discrimination and harassment in society as a whole. We aim to create pleasant and cheerful workplaces in which employees respect each other's human rights.

we are able to provide work opportunities to those who have a desire to work, regardless of nationality, religion, ideology, age, gender, physical characteristics, or other attributes. It is our desire to be a corporate group that does not discriminate in any way on the basis of such characteristics

Relationships with Employees

Initiatives to Promote Advancement Women in the Workplace

Our company is working to promote workplace diversity.

We consider promoting the advancement of women in particular to be an issue needing to be proactively engaged, and we are working to provide gender-neutral personnel training and create workplaces in which people can play active roles regardless of their gender.

In fiscal 2016, we carried out efforts following the action plan aimed at creating an environment in which female employees can actively participate that we established in fiscal 2015. The plan covers a four-year period from April 2016 and aims to solve the issues of there being few female management staff and the relatively short length of service of women in career-track positions. We have set the target of doubling the number of female management staff compared to the end of March 2014.

In order to meet this target, we are promoting such initiatives as increasing staff awareness of the continued employment support system for women, raising awareness about diversity to reform the workplace culture, dispatching female staff to external seminars to nurture their career consciousness, promoting the basic skills proficiency exam (an exam for those who wish to switch to a career-track position), and increasing the number of female recruits.

Supporting Employees in Various Life Events

We are focusing on creating an environment in which our employees can achieve their goals for both work and life events (such as childbirth and childcare).

We are also encouraging employees to proactively utilize various programs provided by the Group to help them deal with important life events, and since the implementation of childcare leave and nursing care leave programs, the proportion of employees returning to work after taking childcare or nursing leave has been almost 100%. In fiscal 2016 five employees took childcare and no employees took nursing care leave. Furthermore, we are implementing more employee support programs than the ones mandated by law to make it easier for our employees to continue working as they go through critical life events.

Next-generation Certification Mark: "Kurumin"

Human Resources Development

The type of personnel we look for

Our company seeks to hire and foster people who will share and commit to its Business Philosophy—"Our company places prime importance on trust and sureness, and shall commit itself to contributing to the progress of society and enhancement of people's welfare and livelihood through its business activities." Further, we need people who will embrace the Company's mission to become an excellent global enterprise that helps enhance customer value through its products and services, creating plastics with more sophisticated functions, and can achieve sustainable growth in the advanced chemical products sector.

The Group's in-house training institute, "SB School"

In September 2007, we opened the Sumitomo Bakelite School (SB School) as an in-house training institute.

The aim of SB School is to provide lifelong education and training courses that help the Sumitomo Bakelite Group achieve sustainable growth of business operations while maximizing corporate value. The school offers courses for all grades of employees from all departments. These include "all-employee education" courses that confirm and reinforce employees' awareness of the Company's Business Philosophy as well as fundamental knowledge about such issues as enhancement of CS, compliance, human rights, occupational safety, quality, and environmental protection. The school also systematically plans and implements various other kinds of educational and training courses needed by employees.

Manufacturing-oriented SBPS Education

SBPS activities originally began as an offshoot of on-site kaizen (improvement) activities but are now implemented throughout the Company in order to generate the values demanded by customers and society.

The activities are aimed at securing the revenue and safety (personnel, facilities, environmental, and quality) that Sumitomo Bakelite requires to achieve sustainable development. The activities involve setting specific targets (financial, quantitative, and delivery), planning who needs to achieve each of these targets by when, and implementing these plans without delay, meaning the activities are just the same as the daily work tasks carried out by employees.

We believe that, through the ages, technical capabilities, knowledge, experience, and tireless will that each individual has who promotes these activities will always bring about our required results.

Based on this idea, we have organized education programs targeting each employee grade and level as part of the SB School system. The planning and operation of the education is in principle carried out by employees themselves.

Example of employee grade-specific education
"SBPS Education for new recruits"

Example of specialist education
"Training course for advanced plant managers"

Quality Control Skill Enhancement

We offer 32 quality-training programs at our SB School to increase our employees' awareness of quality, to prevent quality problems, and to improve quality techniques. November every year is designated as "quality month," and quality education via e-learning is provided for all employees.

We continue to implement practical training for effective utilization of FMEA, DRBFM, and quality-engineering* Furthermore, we continue to implement training in Feedback Review Analysis, Why-Why Analysis, and Further Analysis, that can also be used in resolving various problems that occur in the course of daily work as well as for quality problems. We conduct this training at subsidiaries and affiliates worldwide in accordance with the objectives and grades of employees.

Environmental Education

Our laboratories and plants handle a wide range of chemical substances. We conduct periodic group education programs for employees, including new employees, with the objective of protecting the environment in the vicinity of our business sites and ensuring that employees work in safety. These programs are designed to enhance employees’ understanding of the properties of chemical substances and the content of relevant laws and regulations, thus enabling them to handle chemical substances appropriately.

In addition to group education programs, environmental education by e-learning is conducted every year for all employees in June, a month dedicated to enhancement of environmental protection. This education provides an overview of Responsible Care and various other activities we are conducting to enhance employees' general understanding of the Company’s environmental and safety activities.

Health and Safety Education

In parallel with measures to reduce the risks posed by machinery and chemical substances, we conduct hazard prediction training as well as initiatives, such as "pointing and calling" and making proposals for reducing near-miss accidents. We have "Safety Gyms" held at each production plant to allow employees to learn about safety at their own workplaces, and these are used to enhance employees' safety consciousness and hazard prediction skills.

We conduct occupational health and safety education at every level, including the holding of safety meetings in which all plant managers participate to share policies on safety activities, education for new employees including simulation of hazards, and e-learning on the fundamentals of safety for mid-level employees.

Forklift safety education

Safety education using experience-based safety training machines

Rank-based safety education

Safety video (DVD)

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