Advancing diversity

Policy

The Asahi Kasei Group Code of Conduct clearly stipulates that “we must respect individuals’ basic human rights and diversity, not discriminate on the basis of nationality, ancestry, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, ideology, age, physical characteristics, sexual orientation, employment status, form of contract, etc., nor condone such discrimination.” Human Resources leads the effort to ensure that there will be no discrimination, to ensure equal opportunity, 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.

To prevent any harassment or discrimination, we implement training on corporate ethics to employees at each level—new hires, assistant managers, and managers. Ethics training is also implemented by business unit and by geographical area.

Management framework

To promote diversity including the engagement of female employees, we have a Diversity Promotion Group which advances diversity management throughout the Asahi Kasei Group.

Hiring

The Asahi Kasei Group is working 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 recruit talented people.

In April 2017, 379 new graduates were hired: 296 men and 83 women. In addition, 108 persons joined the Asahi Kasei Group as mid-career hires between April 2016 and March 2017.

Asahi Kasei Group total employees

March 31, 2014 March 31, 2015 March 31, 2016 March 31, 2017
29,127 30,313 32,821 33,720

Expansion of opportunities for women

Number of women as managers*
Number of women as managers*
  • Results as of June 30 each year for personnel employed by Asahi Kasei Corp., Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corp., Asahi Kasei Homes Corp., Asahi Kasei Construction Materials Corp., Asahi Kasei Pharma Corp., and Asahi Kasei Medical Co., Ltd. (Asahi Kasei Chemicals Corp., Asahi Kasei Fibers Corp., Asahi Kasei E-materials Corp. are included up to June 30, 2015).

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 575 in June 2018. The variety of posts where women are assigned also continues to expand. To support female personnel in their careers, we provide a mentoring program, hold seminars on returning to work after maternity leave, and publish diversity-related articles in our internal magazine.

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.
  • Term
    April 1, 2016 – March 31, 2021
  • Content
    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

    As of June 2018, regarding Objective 1, the number of women in managerial positions has increased by a factor of 1.6 times compared to the end of March 2015. Regarding Objective 2, we began a variety of measures in fiscal 2016 to raise awareness among both male and female employees with respect to maintaining careers while raising children. These include seminars for employees prior to maternity leave and parental leave, training for managers who have subordinates working limited hours, and a contest for ironical haiku poems on the theme of men performing child-rearing duties.

Employment of persons with disabilities

Rate of employment of disabled persons at applicable Group companies*
Rate of employment of disabled persons at applicable Group companies*
  • Results as of June 1 each year at applicable Group companies. Calculation based on total employment of 25,073 persons in the 21 applicable companies. As of June 1, 2017, the number of persons with disabilities employed by Asahi Kasei Ability Corp. stood at 333 of the total 550 employees with disabilities. Calculated in accordance with the Act on Employment Promotion etc. 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, 2017, the proportion for applicable companies of the Asahi Kasei Group stood at 2.19% (550 persons), exceeding the legal requirement.

This calculation is based on 21 applicable companies of the Asahi Kasei Group, including Asahi Kasei Corp., core operating companies, and other subsidiaries. We continue recruitment activities to further increase the employment of persons with disabilities at group companies other than Asahi Kasei Ability.

Competing in the Abilympics

Employees of Asahi Kasei Ability compete in several prefectural Abilympics each year, often winning medals. Gold medal winners from each prefecture qualify to compete in the National Abilympics in Japan. Of the 11 employees of Asahi Kasei Ability who competed in the fiscal 2017 National Abilympics held in Tochigi prefecture, one won the gold medal in the word processor category and one won the silver medal in the building cleaning competition.

A total 44 employees competed in the fiscal 2018 Prefectural Abilympics in Miyazaki, Okayama, Shizuoka, and Tokyo, winning 10 gold medals, 12 silver medals, and 8 bronze medals. The gold medalists qualified to compete in the National Abilympics in Okinawa in November 2018.

Winning the silver medal
Asahi Kasei Ability employees competing as prefectural representatives