Respect for Human Rights, the Development of Human Resources and the Promotion of Diversity

Education/Training and Personal Development

The Shin-Etsu Group supports employees' growth through various training systems, which include training for different staff rank, global communication training, auditing student system, environmental education, safety education, and mental health education. As part of digitization measures, AI training also started in FY2021.

Global Communication Training

The Group is expanding its business activities throughout the world. Competency in a foreign language is an essential skill for smooth operations. Therefore, the company offers the following kinds of training:

  • - English language training (meeting skills course and presentation skills course)
  • - Cross-cultural communication training
  • - Chinese conversation classes

Auditing Student System for Employees

In 1962, Shin-Etsu Chemical established an auditing student system for employees. Under this learning system with the goal of improving the workforce, up to about 10 operators from manufacturing sites of the Group are chosen each year to study at universities for one year. In the 58 years since the system was introduced, a total of 547 employees have completed the program and are now active in various workplaces.

Training system list

Training system list

New lecturering style in COVID-19 calamityMs. D, lecturer in Chinese

I have been in charge of Chinese-language classes at Shin-Etsu Chemical since about 20 years ago. Affected by the global spread of COVID-19 that occurred at the start of 2020, classes took the form of online sessions, an unprecedented format, instead of in-person sessions. At first, the classes were slow to progress partly because I was not accustomed to the online format while being unable to meet learners in person, which made me feel lonesome. I would like to express gratitude to the students who worked hard, undaunted in the face of that hardship.

I would very much like to see the COVID-19 crisis end in FY2021 and hold classes with students in person. I will strive to teach Chinese in an easy-to-understand way so that students can use it effectively for work and travel. Your help and support is appreciated.

Oline Chinese languages classess (May 2021, Shin-Etsu Chemical Head Office

Oline Chinese languages classess (May 2021, Shin-Etsu Chemical Head Office)

Performance-based Personnel Evaluation Systems

The Group has introduced an employee evaluation system that emphasizes their ability and work performance. This system aims to increase employees' motivation by reflecting their performance and attitude to the benefits that they will receive, and evaluates how they meet their challenges to achieve higher goals.
To manage the personnel system in a fair and appropriate manner, evaluation training is provided for all managers who conduct performance review, so that they can carry out personnel evaluations fairly. Transparency is increased by informing evaluation standards to employees. In addition, there is a system of interviews between an evaluator and a direct report to ensure that they can communicate successfully.
During interviews, each staff member and their immediate supervisor use Communication Sheets to ensure mutual awareness of expectations and set half-year goals. Furthermore, feedback on progress is given for further development of skills.

Promotion of Diversity

Active Promotion of Diverse Human Resources

The Group hires local employees at overseas Group companies and hires foreign nationals in Japan.
The entire Group is also working to proactively employ people with disabilities and create environments where it is easy for them to work.
Furthermore, in order to promote women's participation and advancement, the Group set a five-year goals in FY2016. From FY2021, we set new five-year goals and started to work on them.

Goals to Promote Women's Participation and Advancement

In the next five years from FY2016, the company aims to achieve the following:

  1. 1. The rate of hiring women will be 40% for administrative positions and 10% for engineering positions.
  2. 2. The number of women in managerial positions, including junior manager level, will be doubled compared to the number in FY2014.

Changes in the number of female managers compared to the 2014 level

April 2017 April 2018 April 2019 April 2020
Approx.150% Approx.170% Approx.220% Approx.230%
April 2021
Approx.260%

In the next five years from FY2021, the company aims to achieve the following:

  1. 1. The rate of hiring women will be 40% for administrative positions and 10% for engineering positions.
  2. 2. The number of women in managerial positions, including junior manager level, will be quadruple compared to the number in FY2014.

Changes in the rate of hiring women

April 2016 April 2020 Five-year average
Administrative position 43.8% 35.7% 39.7%
Engineering position 7.6% 6.1% 7.2%

Employment Rate of Persons with Disabilities

Employment Rate of Persons with Disabilities

Wheelchair ramps (Shiin-Etsu Chemical Gunma Complex)

Wheelchair ramps (Shiin-Etsu Chemical Gunma Complex)

  • * The legally mandated employment rate has been 2.3% since March 2021.

Employee Initiatives

Shin-Etsu Chemical Ms. SN, Silicone-Electronics Materials Research Center

Shin-Etsu Chemical
Ms. SN, Silicone-Electronics Materials Research Center

Working as a manager who considers the entire organization

1. Please tell us about your background and your job.
After joining the company, I was involved in research and development at the Silicone-Electronics Materials Research Center. Subsequently, my work was changed to the legal management of chemical substances, which puts me in the position to help researchers. I am currently the leader of the team.

2. What did you think when your supervisor mentioned promoting you to a manager?
I have had many years of experience in this work, so I thought that it would happen eventually. When my immediate supervisor was transferred a few years ago, I was mostly prepared to take on the role of team leader.

3. Have you changed as a manager?
The biggest change is having my team. Moreover, since becoming a team leader, I have come to think about the organization as a whole compared to before, and I think that my attitude towards work and my sense of responsibility have changed.

4. We have various personnel systems. What kind of systems do you use to maintain a work-life balance?
I have used the childcare support system twice. Currently, two female in my team are using the short-time work system. I think this is a good system that enables women to continue working without abandoning their careers due to childbirth and childcare.
I also believe that the flex-time system and the half-day vacation system are useful to everyone, not just those who are raising children. I also use them to enrich my personal time.

5. What kind of career do you want to have in the future?
Every year, outstanding women join the workplace to which I belong. I hope I can be a role model for them.

6. Please give a message to all the working women who will follow you in the future.
As you are well aware, women in Japan do not play an active role compared to other countries. The government is advocating the promotion of women's participation in the workplace, but I think not much progress has been made. There are still barriers to awareness and inadequacies in the systems around us, so we should work together.

Raising Retirement Age

In April 2019, the company raised the retirement age from 60 to 65 after continuing discussions with the Shin-Etsu Chemical Labor Union. It is the first time that such a system was implemented at a major Japanese chemical company. After turning 60, they will receive 80% of the salary received at age 59. We will also raise salaries and promote people based on personnel evaluation.
By adjusting the employment environment after the age of 60, skilled workers at manufacturing sites will be able to pass on the technology and their experience to the next generation.

  • * Personnel subject to human resource development and promotion of diversity in the Group are the employees of and loaned employees from Shin-Etsu Chemical.

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