Valuing human rights and diversity
The Asahi Kasei Group Code of Conduct clearly stipulates that “we must respect individuals’ basic human rights and diversify, 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 unreasonable discrimination, 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.
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 attract talent.
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.
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 596 in June 2017. 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.
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
As of June 2017, regarding Objective 1, the number of women in managerial positions has increased by a factor of 1.4 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.
Sexual harassment, discriminatory words and deeds, and other forms of harassment are clearly prohibited in the Asahi Kasei Group 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, 2017, the proportion for applicable companies of the Asahi Kasei Group stood at 2.19% (550.0 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.
FY 2016 City Human Rights Promotion Award
In the city of Nobeoka, Miyazaki, Japan, where its head office is located, Asahi Kasei Ability received the City Human Rights Promotion Award from the Nobeoka City Human Rights Promotion Council (chaired by Mr. Masaharu Sudo, Mayor of Nobeoka, and comprising 157 groups and businesses). The award is presented to groups and organizations in Nobeoka which implement proactive measures regarding human rights, which proactively employ and support persons with disabilities and other persons who have difficulty in finding employment, and which support rehabilitation. The selection of Asahi Kasei Ability was made in recognition of the company’s understanding for participation in society by persons with disabilities, proactive effort to employ persons with disabilities, and receipt of Platinum Kurumin certification from the government of Japan as a company that provides high-level support for rearing children while maintaining working careers.
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 2016 National Abilympics held in Yamagata prefecture, one won the gold medal in the sewing competition and one won the silver medal in the building cleaning competition.
A total 41 employees competed in the fiscal 2017 Prefectural Abilympics in Miyazaki, Okayama, and Shizuoka, winning 9 gold medals, 14 silver medals, and 5 bronze medals. The gold medalists qualified to compete in the National Abilympics in Tochigi in November 2017.