Human resources development

The human resources development program at the Asahi Kasei Group is structured with enhancing basic skills through OJT and heightening professional skills as a 2-layer foundation, with 3 pillars of cultivating management leaders, heightening specialist skills, and fostering global human resources.

Two-foundation, three-pillar structure
Two-foundation, three-pillar structure

Human resource development

A wide range of training programs

Employees are given a wide range of training to develop the skills needed to successfully advance their careers. A regular program of training is applied throughout the Asahi Kasei Group at key career stages—upon hiring, promotion to manager, promotion to department general manager, promotion to division general manager, and appointment to an executive position. From fiscal 2016 we are placing greater emphasis on "Management by Objectives" training to enhance the management skills of section managers and general managers. Other individual training programs such as for global management are implemented according to business need. Each core operating company also implements training programs to support the development of employee skills required for its specific field of business.

Group Masters

The Asahi Kasei Group employs a "Group Masters" program to recognize employees who have developed and exercised extraordinary expertise and skills that hold universal value, and to facilitate their application throughout the Group. As of May 2016, 86 Group Masters are designated: 1 as a Group Fellow, 23 as Senior Group Experts, and 62 as Group Experts, with rank and remuneration commensurate with senior general manager, general manager, and section manager, respectively.

Development of global human resources

To support the expansion of world-leading businesses under our "For Tomorrow 2015” and “Cs for Tomorrow 2018" medium-term management initiatives, from the perspective of human resources, we are implementing measures such as internship programs for young personnel, and holding training sessions for personnel at overseas subsidiaries on subjects such as dissemination of corporate philosophy and intercultural communication.

Development of engineers and technical specialists

One objective of the previous medium-term management initiative "For Tomorrow 2015" was to accelerate the creation of new businesses which provide new value for society. This remains an objective of the "Cs for Tomorrow 2018" initiative which was launched in fiscal 2016. Engineers and technical specialists in R&D and manufacturing are essential human resources for successful business development, and therefore we are reinforcing measures to create better, more vibrant workplaces for them as well as examining programs that provide a wide range of career opportunities to enable their personal and professional growth.

Independent study

In October 2003, the Asahi Kasei Group instituted a program to support independent study by employees. To encourage employees to acquire high level specialist or technological ability, the company will pay part of the cost of attending courses or lectures.