Human Rights

Human Rights Education

Our Company prohibits discrimination and harassment within Our Code of Conduct and other regulations, with this including at our Group companies as well. We offer education related to our Code of Conduct when employees join the company, and promote awareness of human rights. We give consideration to and practically implement education to raise awareness of human rights that we as a company ought to address, and encourage each and every one of our employees to adopt a proper understanding when it comes to discrimination and various types of harassment out in society at large.
Every year, we provide education to all of our employees via e-learning to coincide with Human Rights Week in December. This deepens employees’ understanding of typical types of harassment, including power harassment, sexual harassment, and maternity harassment, which are social problems, and teaches them points to be aware of to ensure that they do not perpetrate harassment. Techniques for communication amid the rapid expansion of remote work were taken up as part of efforts to prevent harassment. It has been designed to be a specific, easy-to-understand educational program that introduces employees to case studies and contact points to consult with in the event that they are harassed.
We recognize that the problem of harassment is a risk that is always liable to occur, regardless of the size of the workplace. But we will move ahead in creating spirited workplaces where it is easy to work and in which employees respect one another’s individual character and 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.

Employees receiving computer-based human rights education
* The photo shows a conceptual image.

My Jinken Declaration

Relationships with Employees

Initiatives to Promote the Advancement of Women

We acknowledge that it is important for each of our employees to be able to play active their roles and demonstrate their individuality so that we are able to respond to the diverse needs of our customers, and we promote this diversity of talent. Within this, we recognize there are issues that we must actively address concerning the promotion of female advancement, and we are working to provide gender-neutral personnel training and create workplaces in which people can play active roles regardless of their gender.

By April 2020 we had reached more than 30 female managers, for a female management staff ratio exceeding 3%. Moreover, we formulated a new action plan in April 2020. The action plan addresses the issue of the low ratio of female career-track employees by calling for “a ratio of female career-track recruits of 20% or more each year.” This target specified in the action plan is being pursued beginning in fiscal 2020.
Of newly graduated recruits in fiscal 2020, the ratio of women was 19.4% (6 women among a total of 31 newly graduated recruits).
We are also offering career education to raise awareness of diversity management in relation to management staff, and to foster awareness of career development for female employees.

Employee Support for 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 our 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%. The number of people who took childcare leave in fiscal 2020 came to five women and two men, while one male employee took nursing care leave. We will continue to implement initiatives that exceed the specifications of legal standards in order to enhance employee support.

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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 Co., Ltd. School (SB School) as an in-house training institute.
The aim of SB School is to provide lifelong education and training courses that help our 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 spread awareness among employees of the Company’s Basic Policy as well as fundamental knowledge about such issues as enhancement of CS, compliance, human rights, occupational safety, quality, and the environment. The school also systematically plans and implements various other kinds of educational and training courses needed by employees. During fiscal 2020, many of the educational programs were changed from in-person to remote formats due to the impact of COVID-19. During the year April 2020 through March 2021, the cumulative participation in SB School courses was about 25,000 employees, and the number of hours of education provided was approximately 33,300.
We will plan and implement an increasingly wide range of programs to develop the capabilities of all employees—the Company’s most precious management resource.

Education for newly appointed management staff
(remote lecture by the President)

Education for newly appointed management staff (screenshot)

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 our company 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.

Training course for foremen

Quality Control Skill Enhancement

We offer 30 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 provide education for second-year employees in the engineering track through our Company's educational system by offering easy-to-understand lectures and practical training in areas such as the company’s quality policy and approach to quality, our way of thinking about quality assurance, regulations, quality management systems, problem-solving methods (FTA, FMEA, Why-Why Analysis, and Further Investigation), and statistical methods from the early stages of the career of employees assigned to the research and production engineering departments.
Administrative employees were also included in the eligible group for receiving education in areas such as quality in general, regulations, andmanagement systems.
In fiscal 2020, we worked on enhancing the level of our quality control managers by offering our training course for quality management representatives to those selected the previous year as candidates to lead the next generation. We plan to further enhance the curriculum in fiscal 2021 for this ongoing program.

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 helps our employees learn and gain an in-depth understanding about the various activities that the company is undertaking with regard to the environment and safety, including Responsible Care.

Health and Safety Education

We carry out measures to reduce the risks posed by machinery and chemical substances in order to ensure safety on sites where these are used. At the same time, we conduct hazard prediction training as well as initiatives, such as “pointing and calling” and making proposals for reducing near-miss accidents.
We have introduced “Safety Gyms” at each production plant to allow employees to learn about the fundamentals of safety.
They are able to improve their safety consciousness and learn hazard prediction skills and risk identification skills.
Health and safety activities in which plant managers take the lead and act as role models form the basis for specialized safety education for managers, education on safety laws and regulations for mid-level employees, and hands-on education for new employees regarding hazards. We provide education for each organizational level and specialty, including education at each business site regarding risk assessment for specified dangers and hazards. In addition, we make efforts to disclose disaster and accident information, and to share information in a timely manner through the use of our Safety Portal Site, which was set up online to be accessible by every employee. In addition, education has been implemented at all business sites using posters presenting our Safety Philosophy and Safety Action Guidelines in eight languages.


Sumitomo Bakelite (Suzhou) Co., Ltd.: education on chemical leak emergency measures

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