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Sumitomo Chemical Chooses Workday to Bring HR Vision to Life

Jun. 24, 2019

Sumitomo Chemical has selected Workday Human Capital Management (HCM) to help achieve key human resource (HR) elements enshrined in its new corporate management plan.Sumitomo Chemical will deploy the cloud-based HCM application to drive business growth and innovation.

With HR positioned as a pillar of Sumitomo Chemical’s management assets, the company is now focused on enhancing its HR utilisation and management. Of the six basic policies laid out in the company’s corporate management plan, two feature HR philosophies:

  • Employ, develop, and leverage HR for sustainable growth
  • Improve productivity through digital innovation

Previously, the company’s employee data, training records, and other information were managed on multiple different systems. With Workday HCM, Sumitomo Chemical will unify a wide range of the company’s HR functions in one single system, providing more efficient management of HR processes including training, talent management, and workforce planning. This transformation will advance the company’s digitalization efforts with major reductions in paper usage and further streamline personnel-related processes. Additionally, because of the easy-to-use interface and configurability of Workday HCM, Sumitomo Chemical will be able to more quickly access and analyze employee-related information to formulate business strategies.

Hiroshi Niinuma, Senior Managing Executive Officer of Sumitomo Chemical’s Human Resources Department, said: “Deploying Workday HCM will make it easier for us to utilize our human resource information and enable us to carry out more appropriate talent placement. We expect that this will enable our employees to better employ their abilities and skills, thereby helping to drive business growth and innovation. By reinforcing an environment where employees are engaged and motivated, our HR philosophy of, ’Employee Training and Growth’ will further be enhanced.”

Seiji Kajiya, President of Workday K.K., Workday’s Japanese subsidiary, said: “Workday HCM will enable Sumitomo Chemical to advance its digitalization and innovation efforts by strengthening and consolidating its HR infrastructure into one single system tailored to help the company unlock the full potential of its employees.”

About Sumitomo Chemical

Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Sumitomo Chemical is one of Japan’s leading chemical companies, offering a diverse range of products globally in the fields of petrochemicals, energy and functional materials, IT-related chemicals and materials, health and crop science products, and pharmaceuticals. The company’s consolidated net sales for fiscal year 2017 were JPY 2.2 trillion and number of employee is about 32,000 as of March 31, 2018.

About Workday

Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources. Founded in 2005, Workday delivers financial management, human capital management, planning, and analytics applications designed for the world’s largest companies, educational institutions, and government agencies. Organizations ranging from medium-sized businesses to Fortune 50 enterprises have selected Workday.


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