Human Resources Development

Basic Policy

Based on the policy of developing human resources to support sustainable growth, Sumitomo Chemical is promoting various measures that contribute to the growth of each and every employee.

As concrete measures for human resources development, employees are rotated through job assignments that match with their career field under the aforementioned CDF in order to encourage employee development and grow. As for education measures, the Company is developing various educational programs based on an educational system organized from the perspectives of fostering awareness of the development of subordinates and their own growth awareness, strengthening the links between education and practical work, strengthening global human resource development measures, and fostering management personnel in digitization. In addition, we provide IT literacy education to all employees to improve the productivity of each employee.

Management System

The Corporate Human Resources Department works closely with the HR departments of worksites, business sectors, regional headquarters, and Group companies in Japan and overseas to promote and roll out various programs. In addition, employees are rotated through job assignments based on each person’s specific training plans while sharing information with the production, administration, and HR departments.

Promotion and Rollout of Company-wide Training Programs Overseen by HR Departments

Targets and Results / Examples of Initiatives

We are working to enhance employee capabilities and develop human resources by implementing various training programs and measures for different purposes and employee classes.

Organization of Training Programs

  • Organization of Training Programs

    Note: The Company conducts in-house training courses in the areas of compliance, human rights, CSR, and health maintenance and improvement

Methodical Development of Global Talent

Sumitomo Chemical is carrying out a staged training program in human resource development for employees both in Japan and at overseas Group companies, in order to discover and develop next-generation leaders in a systematic way, emphasizing the creation of Global Leaders who can take on the role of core management.

Next-Generation Leader Development System

  • Next-Generation Leader Development System

  1. Global Leader Training
    In our Global Leader Training for general managers inside and outside of Japan, participants learn about management perspectives and insights through lectures and discussions featuring executive officers and external executives. They decide on their own topics and provide advice on the content of these specific initiatives to the president and others in management.
  2. Leader Training

In Sumitomo Chemical’s Leader Training for managerial employees both inside and outside of Japan, Sumitomo Chemical has worked with an overseas graduate school of business to carry out a program in both Singapore and Japan, held completely in English, with the goal of developing the employees’ conceptual strength and abilities to propose strategies for the creation of new value.

Leader Training Program

Recruitment, Human Resources Development and Human Resources System

(No. of people)

 Name Approach FY2016 FY2017 FY2018
Trainer System Highly skilled employees who have an aptitude for teaching provide instruction and advice to younger employees to facilitate their development. 57 65 42
Senior Training Advisor System Supervisors and potential supervisors are provided OJT to develop core personnel for manufacturing departments. 5 5 4
Development of Global Talent In order to create global leaders who will play a central role in management and to develop talent that supports our global business operations, we systematically conduct various training programs.  
 (1) Global Leader Training Our global leader training program focuses on action learning. 21 23 21
(2) Leader Training Held in Singapore and Japan to develop the next generation of leaders, we conduct training programs in English. 28 28 27

Training for Development of Global Talent

FY2018 Results

  • Participants 48
  • Average time 88 hours per person

Leadership and Management Skills Enhancement Training, Career Development Training

FY2018 Results

  • Participants 839
  • Average time 15 hours per person