Hand in Hand with Employees

Promoting a Deepening of Global Management from the Perspective of Human Resources Initiatives and Talent Development

  • Yasuaki Sasaki Executive Officer

Based on our Corporate Business Plan, with the slogan “Change and Innovation - Create New Value,” Sumitomo Chemical’s basic human resource (HR) policy is to encourage employees to grow through carrying out rewarding and worthwhile dayto-day duties and bring about the sustainable growth of the Sumitomo Chemical Group as a strong global chemical company through their individual growth.

In order to achieve this, we are continuing to create environments and organizations that make it easy for employees to work. We are also promoting a deepening of global management from an HR perspective by enhancing various measures to secure, develop, and encourage the active participation of talents at global level, in order to develop our business while creating new value.

Due to the current technological revolution and the advance of globalization, Sumitomo Chemical’s business management has become more and more complex and sophisticated. For that reason, placing greater weight on “people,” and increasing their abilities, is the key to sustained growth for the Sumitomo Chemical Group. The HR system of Sumitomo Chemical was revised in 2017, as the company decided to
design the system from the perspective of how to best encourage the development and growth of its personnel. In addition, in light of the fact that ways of thinking about careers are becoming increasingly diverse, the company is deploying systems throughout the organization to contribute to increasing employee motivation.
We are including making it possible to better evaluate employees with high-level expertise, and providing detailed support for each individual’s motivation and aptitude, instead of the sort of mass management used previously.

We will not only work to appropriately operate this system in accordance with its purpose, we will continue our efforts to promote the growth and development of personnel, including implementing revisions to our training system intended to develop leadership and strengthen management in this time of intense change.

Yasuaki Sasaki
Executive Officer

Basic Data

  • Regarding quantitative information, assurance is provided on the indicators labeled with a star mark (★) by KPMG AZSA Sustainability Co., Ltd.

Number of Employees, Average Age, Length of Service, Average Compensation

ItemFY2015FY2016FY2017
Number of employees (Sumitomo Chemical Group) ★Total 31,094 32,536 31,837
Male - 24,232 24,015
Female - 8,304 7,822
Sumitomo Chemical ★Total 5,895 5,867 6,005
Male 5,021 4,982 5,107
Female 874 885 898
Consolidated in Japan ★Total 11,916 11,827 11,801
Male - - 9,165
Female - - 2,636
Consolidated overseas ★Total 13,283 14,842 14,031
Male ̶ ̶ 9,743
Female ̶ ̶ 4,288
Number of non-Japanese employees (Sumitomo Chemical) 110 108 93
Average age (Sumitomo Chemical)  40 40 40.3
Male 40.1 40 40.4
Female 39.1 39.5 40
Average length of service (years; Sumitomo Chemical)  14.2 14.1 14.4
 Male 14.4 14.2 14.5
Female 13.4 13.7 14.4
Average annual compensation (yen; Sumitomo Chemical) 8,444,331 8,542,320 8,715,094
Average monthly wages (yen; Sumitomo Chemical)  305,006 308,508 310,600
Male 304,822 308,020 309,740
Female 305,858 310,713 314,554

Notes:

  • The above figures are as of March 31, 2018. Employee numbers do not include temporary employees, part-time staff, dispatch employees, and staff assigned to other companies not included in the scope of consolidation, but do include staff assigned from other companies not included in the scope of consolidation.
  • Although the methodology used for counting employees has changed slightly since fiscal 2017, the effect has been minor.
  • Average wages are for non-managerial employees (as of August of each year).

Number of Employees by Region and Gender (as of March 31, 2018)

Region Male Female Total
Japan 14,271 3,534 17,805
(The rest of) Asia 7,506 2,754 10,260
North America 1,609 1,277 2,886
Central and South America 104 47 151
Europe 346 172 518
Middle East and Africa 98 34 132
Oceania 81 4 85
Total 24,015 7,822 31,837

Employee Age Composition and Distribution (Sumitomo Chemical)

  • Employee Age Composition and Distribution (Sumitomo Chemical)

Number of New Graduate and Mid-career Hires (Sumitomo Chemical)

Results FY2015 FY2016 FY2017
New graduate hiresMale 79 117 140
Female 26 32 22
Total 105 149 162
Mid-career hiresMale 51 65 48
Female 7 6 0
Total 58 71 48

Number of Internships (Sumitomo Chemical)

Results FY2015 FY2016 FY2017
University students in Japan 184 160 474
University students overseas 37 25 14

Number of People who Left the Company (Sumitomo Chemical)

  FY2015 FY2016 FY2017
Total Male Female Total Male Female Total Male Female
Retired early 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Resigned 92 63 29 73 58 15 103 92 11
Dismissed 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Transfer 3 3 0 3 3 0 0 0 0
Other reason 2 2 0 5 5 0 4 4 0
Total 97 68 29 81 66 15 107 96 11
Attrition rate (%) 1.65 1.35 3.32 1.38 1.32 1.69 1.78 1.88 1.22

Retention of New Graduate Hires (Sumitomo Chemical)

  Male Female
New graduate hires in April 2015 76 24
Number of those remaining as of April 2018 75 23
Retention rate of new graduates after three years (%) 99 96

Diversity

Promotions of Executives and Employees (As of April 1, 2017; Sumitomo Chemical)

  Female Male Non-Japanese Percentage of Women
Managerial Employees*
 (Those ranked general manager or above)
85
(9)
1,785
(488)
34
(3)
4.5
(1.8)
Directors and senior management
 (Those ranked executive officer or above)
1
(1)
45
(36)
3
(3)
2.2
(2.7)
  • All employees equivalent to managers or above

Work-Life Balance

Paid Vacation Use Rate (Sumitomo Chemical)

  FY2015 FY2016 FY2017
Number of days provided 20 20 20
Number of days used 13.8 12.9 13.4
Use rate (%) 68.9 64.7 67.2

Average Overtime Hours (Sumitomo Chemical)

  FY2015 FY2016 FY2017
Average Overtime Hours (Hours/Month) 18.7 20.0 20.2

Return Rate of Female Employees who Take Childcare Leave (Sumitomo Chemical)

  FY2015 FY2016 FY2017
Of employees who finished childcare leave within the fiscal year, percentage of employees who returned to work 97.8 93.9 100.0