Recruiting and Employment

The Group’s business activities would not be possible without its employees. Recruiting and employment is an important aspect underpinning the stable continuity of our business operations. Through new recruitment upon graduation and career recruitment, we aim to secure appropriate human resources.

We carry out recruitment under a policy for the fair selection of talent with an eye on employee diversity. The Responsible Care Committee* monitors, reviews and makes changes to our recruitment practices.

Number of Group Employees and Executive Officer

Numbers of Employees in Japan and Overseas (as of March 31, 2022)

(Unit: Persons)
Directors Executive officers Employees Temporary employees*1 Total
Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd. 10 12 1,538 280 1,840
Subsidiaries in Japan 26 - 1,538 355 1,919
Overseas subsidiaries 29 - 4,798 505 5,332
Total 65 12 7,874 1,140 9,091
  • * The number of Corporate Officers is shown as the number of Directors.
    The number of Executive Officers excludes Directors.
  • * The numbers of Standing Corporate Officers of domestic and overseas subsidiaries includes those seconded from Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd. and excludes those serving concurrently as Corporate Officers of Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd.
  • *1 Temporary employees: part-time and casual workers

Breakdown of employees by region, by age, and by gender (as of March 31, 2022)

(Unit: Persons)
Male
Region Age 29 or younger Age 30 to 49 Age 50 or older Subtotal
Japan 232 1,297 1,005 2,534
East Asia 92 646 77 815
Southeast Asia 166 575 114 855
North America 55 208 265 528
Europe 36 163 124 323
Total 581 2,889 1,585 5,055
(Unit: Persons)
Female
Region Age 29 or younger Age 30 to 49 Age 50 or older Subtotal
Japan 123 271 148 542
East Asia 48 402 41 491
Southeast Asia 334 893 272 1,499
North America 22 98 116 236
Europe 5 28 18 51
Total 532 1,692 595 2,819
(Unit: Persons)
Total Subtotal
Region Age 29 or younger Age 30 to 49 Age 50 or older
Japan 355 1,568 1,153 3,076
East Asia 140 1,048 118 1,306
Southeast Asia 500 1,468 386 2,354
North America 77 306 381 764
Europe 41 191 142 374
Total 1,113 4,581 2,180 7,874
  • * Numbers for Japan are the total for Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd. and its domestic subsidiaries.

Breakdown of the number of temporary employees by gender (as of March 31, 2022)

(Unit: Persons)
Male Female Total
Number of temporary employees 483 658 1,141
(Unit: Persons)
Japan East Asia Southeast Asia North America Europe Total
Number of temporary employees 635 250 207 37 12 1,141
  • * Numbers for Japan are the total for Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd. and its domestic subsidiaries.

Breakdown of the number of newly recruited employees in fiscal 2021 by gender, by age, and by region

(Unit: Persons)
Male Female Total Age 29 or younger Age 30 to 49 Age 50 or older Total
Number of persons 568 664 1,232 684 498 50 1,232
Ratio of employees
as of March 31, 2022
11% 24% 16% 61% 11% 2% 16%
(Unit: Persons)
Japan East Asia Southeast Asia North America Europe Total
Number of persons 124 309 591 140 68 1,232
Ratio of employees
as of March 31, 2022
4% 24% 25% 18% 18% 16%
  • * Numbers for Japan are the total for Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd. and its domestic subsidiaries.

Breakdown of the number of employee turnover in fiscal 2021 by gender by age and by region

(Unit: Persons)
Male Female Total Age 29 or younger Age 30 to 49 Age 50 or older Total
Number of persons 479 354 833 245 439 149 833
Ratio of employees
as of March 31, 2022
9% 13% 11% 22% 10% 7% 11%
(Unit: Persons)
Japan East Asia Southeast Asia North America Europe Total
Number of persons 88 356 116 233 40 833
Ratio of employees
as of March 31, 2022
3% 27% 5% 30% 11% 11%
  • * Numbers for Japan are the total for Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd. and its domestic subsidiaries.

Company employee recruitment (numbers of newly graduated/career recruits)

(Unit: Persons)
Recruitment upon graduation Fiscal 2017 Fiscal 2018 Fiscal 2019 Fiscal 2020 Fiscal 2021 Fiscal 2022 (scheduled)
Number of Company employees recruited 20 33 37 38 43 55
Ratio of newly graduated recruits*1 66.7% 82.5% 90.2% 84.4% 75.4%
Male 14 27 31 34 33
Female 6 6 6 4 10
(Unit: Persons)
Career recruitment Fiscal 2017 Fiscal 2018 Fiscal 2019 Fiscal 2020 Fiscal 2021 Fiscal 2022 (scheduled)
Number of Company employees recruited 10 7 4 7 14 8
Ratio of career employee recruitmen*2 33.3% 17.5% 9.8% 15.6% 24.6%
Male 7 6 2 7 12
Female 3 1 2 0 2
  • * Figure for Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd. (non-consolidated basis).
  • *1,2 The ratios of newly graduated recruits and career recruits are given as percentages of the total recruit count for the relevant fiscal year (the sum of newly graduated recruits and career employee recruits).
  • *2 The ratio of career employee recruitment pertains to disclosure of mid-career recruitment under the Act on Comprehensive Promotion of Labor Measures.
  • * Does not include persons forwarded from other companies or employees reassigned from subsidiaries or affiliates in Japan.
  • * Includes temporary employees who are not post-retirement hires.
  • * Since employee recruitment is gender-neutral, the gender composition of the planned intake of new employees for fiscal 2022 is unknown, and is not covered by third-party assurance.

Breakdown of the number of newly recruited employees in fiscal 2021 (by gender and by age)

(Unit: Persons)
Age 29 or younger Age 30 to 49 Age 50 or older
Number of Newly Recruited Employees in Fiscal 2021 57 0 0
Male 45 0 0
Female 12 0 0
  • * Figure for Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd. (non-consolidated basis).
  • * Counted based on the person’s age when they were hired.

Retention of newly graduated recruits (within three years of being hired)

(Unit: Persons)
Fiscal 2017 Fiscal 2018 Fiscal 2019
Number of men hired 13 21 24
Number of women hired 6 6 6
Number of men retained 11 19 22
Number of women retained 5 5 5
Male 84.6% 90.5% 91.7%
Female 83.3% 83.3% 83.3%
Total 84.2% 88.9% 90.0%
  • * The numbers in the table represent the rate among newly graduated recruits with at least a bachelor’s degree.
  • * For fiscal 2019, this indicates the percentage of employees hired on Monday, April 01, 2019 who were still employed with the company on Friday, April 1, 2022.

Employee Turnover and Turnover Rate in Fiscal 2021 (by gender and by age)

(Unit: Persons)
Male Female Total Age 29 or younger Age 30 to 49 Age 50 or older Total
Number of persons 31 7 38 8 7 23 38
Ratio of employees
as of March 31, 2022
2.2% 3.4% 2.3% 6.0% 0.7% 4.3% 2.3%
  • * Figure for Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd. (non-consolidated basis).
  • * Counted based on the person’s age when they left the company.

Continued employment beyond the age of retirement

Following the passing of the Act on Stabilization of Employment of Elderly Persons, we established a system to enable personnel who have reached the mandatory retirement age of 60 to continue working as contract employees. By facilitating post-retirement hiring, this initiative harnesses the knowledge, technical skills, and knowhow that employees have accumulated over the course of their careers.

Continued employment after retirement

(Unit: Persons)
Fiscal 2017 Fiscal 2018 Fiscal 2019 Fiscal 2020 Fiscal 2021
Number of retirement-age employees 18 23 17 38 34
Number of post-retirement rehires 13 20 16 34 28
Rehiring ratio 72% 87% 94% 89% 82%
  • * For the rehiring ratio, the first decimal place was rounded to the nearest whole number.

Regarding Retirement Benefit Obligations

Regarding retirement benefit systems, the Company employs a defined-benefit system in Japan. Overseas, some consolidated subsidiaries concurrently use defined-contribution and defined benefit systems. The consolidated retirement benefit obligations for fiscal 2021 totaled ¥38.3 billion, and pension funds were ¥39.7 billion.

Employment of People with Disabilities

Our company considers the employment of people with disabilities, as stipulated by law, to be an integral part of corporate social responsibility. While giving the necessary consideration to enabling those with disabilities to carry out their work, we endeavor to offer workplaces that are as safe and secure for those with disabilities as they are for others, and that allow employees to continuously hone and cultivate their skills. We are also making continuous efforts to employ new graduates with disabilities by, for example, accepting students with disabilities for internships so as to provide them with opportunities that suit their conditions and workstyle needs. These initiatives are approved, monitored, reviewed and modified by our Responsible Care Committee.

Employment rate of people with disabilities over the past five years

  • * The employment rate of people with disabilities for each fiscal year is calculated by dividing the total number of persons with disabilities as of the first day of each month by the total number of regular employees as of the same day.

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. These initiatives are monitored and reviewed by the Responsible Care Committee.

By March 2021 there were 36 female managers, for a female management staff ratio 3.5%. 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,” a goal that we began addressing in fiscal 2020.

Of newly graduated recruits in fiscal 2021, the ratio of women was 20.0% (6 women among a total of 30 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.

Trends in the proportion of female management staff

  • * Applies to management staff excluding Executive Officers.
  • * Includes those seconded to other companies with qualifications as managerial staff.
  • * The ratios are values for the end of each fiscal year.
  • * Figure for Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd. (non-consolidated basis).

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