Human Rights

Human Rights Education

Creating workplaces where employees respect each other's human rights

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. It has been designed to be a specific, easy-tounderstand 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

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.

We are carrying out initiatives following the action plan for the promotion of women’s advancement that was decided in FY2015. In the four years from April 2016, we are aiming to solve the issues of there being few female management staff and the short length of service of women employed in career track positions. We have set the target of doubling the number of female management staff compared to the end of March 2014. At the end of March 2020, there was a 0.58-point increase in the number of female management staff compared to the previous fiscal year to 2.41%. By April 2020 we had reached more than 30 female managers, thus achieving our target. 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 2019 came to five women and two men, while nobody took nursing care leave.

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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 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 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.

Education for employees in their third year in the company

Education for newly appointed section chiefs

Team-building education

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 the Sumitomo Bakelite educational system by offering easy-to-understand lectures and practical training in areas such as the company’s quality policy and approach to quality, 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, and management systems.

In fiscal 2019, we gave everyone throughout the company a test of their quality control knowledge to enhance the level of our future quality control managers, and selected those who ranked highly on the test as member candidates to lead the next generation at each business site. In fiscal 2020 we will offer our training course for quality management representative as a form of leader education in aiming to raise the bar.

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, including Responsible Care.

An image of employees receiving environmental education by computer

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.

Furthermore, we also conduct safety education at every level. This includes holding safety meetings in which all plant managers participate to share initiatives involving safety activities in which they take a lead and act as role models, specialized safety education for managers, basic correspondence education on safety for mid-level employees, and hands-on safety education for new employees. 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 so that it was accessible by every employee. The Safety Philosophy and Safety Action Guidelines that were enacted in October 2019 have also been translated into eight languages, and education is being carried out at every business site.

Yamaroku Kasei Industry Co., Ltd.
Training course in CPR using an AED

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