Valuing human rights and diversity
Corporate HR & Labor Relations leads the effort to ensure that there will be no unreasonable discrimination on the basis of gender, nationality, age, or otherwise, to maintain a lively workplace culture which enables personnel to perform at their best, to advance employment of persons with disabilities, and to rehire personnel after mandatory retirement.
The Asahi Kasei Group is expanding business in the 3 strategic fields of the Environment & Energy, Residential Living, and Health Care, to create new value for society by enabling living in health and comfort and harmony with the natural environment. We strive to hire motivated and capable personnel who will successfully execute our strategy on a global scale.
We continue to hire graduates from overseas universities every year, and the overall makeup of our personnel is becoming more global. We are also strengthening our ties to universities both in Japan and overseas, through career briefing sessions and student internships, as part of an ongoing effort to attract talent.
In April 2016, 351 new graduates were hired: 272 men and 79 women. In addition, 71 persons joined the Asahi Kasei Group as mid-career hires between April 2015 and March 2016.
Expansion of opportunities for women
In 1993, we established a dedicated corporate organ (now Diversity Promotion Group) to promote equal opportunity, and have proactively increased the proportion of women hired and expanded the distribution of job assignments for women. While only five employees at the rank of manager or above were women in 1993, this has risen to 500 in June 2016. The variety of posts where women are assigned also continues to expand. Measures to support female personnel in their careers include a mentor program, seminars on returning to work after maternity leave, and diversity training for General Managers.
In fiscal 2016, we also formulated an action plan and targets in accordance with the Act to Advance Women's Success in Their Working Life.
- Asahi Kasei Group Action Plan*
We will nurture employees and provide an employment environment to enable women to perform in managerial positions equivalently to men in accordance with the following Action Plan.
April 1, 2016 – March 31, 2021
- Objective 1
- Aim to have women performing in managerial positions equivalently to men; double the number of women in managerial positions from March 31, 2015, to March 31, 2021
- Objective 2
- Provide a workplace environment that enables both men and women to maintain their careers while raising children
Sexual harassment, discriminatory words and deeds, and other forms of harassment are clearly prohibited in the Asahi Kasei Group by our Corporate Ethics – Code of Conduct and by our corporate employment regulations. Prevention is reinforced through training at each level of promotion in rank, and through periodic company-wide training within each core operating company for conformance with corporate ethics. A central point of contact is established for consultation about related issues and concerns in the Asahi Kasei Group.
Training and consultation are also provided for staff from placement agencies and employees of affiliated companies, as part of a comprehensive effort to prevent the occurrence of harassment.
Employment of persons with disabilities
Asahi Kasei Ability Corp. was established in 1985 for the employment of persons with disabilities, performing a wide range of services for the Asahi Kasei Group, including data entry, digitizing documents, website design, printing of business cards, document printing and binding, dispatch of sample products, cleaning, copying, and planter box gardening.
On April 1, 2013, the legal minimum proportion for employment of persons with disabilities was revised upward from 1.8% to 2.0%. As of June 1, 2016, the proportion for applicable companies of the Asahi Kasei Group stood at 2.12% (529.0 persons), exceeding the legal requirement.
The 21 applicable companies are Asahi Kasei Corp., Asahi Kasei Homes Corp., Asahi Kasei Construction Materials Corp., Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corp., Asahi Kasei Pharma Corp., Asahi Kasei Medical Co., Ltd., Asahi Kasei Amidas Co., Ltd., Asahi Kasei Engineering Corp., Asahi Kasei Reform Co., Ltd., Asahi Kasei Realty & Residence Corp. Asahi Kasei Electronics Co., Ltd., Asahi Kasei Microsystems Co., Ltd., Asahi Kasei Home Construction Corp., Asahi Kasei Fibers Nobeoka Co., Ltd., and Asahi Kasei Medical MT Corp., AKM Technology Corp.*, Asahi Kasei EIC Solutions Corp.*, Asahi Kasei Techonosystem Co., Ltd.*, Asahi Kasei Advance Corp.*, Asahi Kasei Leona Filament Co., Ltd.*, and Asahi Kasei Ability Corp. We continue recruitment activities to further increase the employment of persons with disabilities at other subsidiaries and affiliates as well.
Competing in the 2015 Prefectural Abilympics
The National Abilympics in Japan was not held due to the International Abilympics France. Instead, Asahi Kasei employees participated in several prefectural Abilympics held throughout Japan. There were 40 employees of Asahi Kasei Ability who competed in the DTP, word processing, building cleaning, computer data entry, sewing, and tea service competitions, winning 9 gold medals, 8 silver medals, and 4 bronze medals.