Human Resources Management
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Policy and Basic Approach
As the world has become increasingly globalized in recent years, more than 40% of our employees now work overseas. Society requires companies to state how they will contribute to building a sustainable global society. We answer this question by generating the values required by society, and human resources (HR) is the key. There are two main challenges in global HR. The first is to secure human resources who will implement our business strategy. The second is to improve job engagement. The Group is implementing various measures to address these challenges.
The Human Resources Management Policy of the Mitsui Chemicals Group outlines our attitudes toward our employees as well as society including those individuals considering joining the Group. The Policy focuses on “maintaining a high regard for people,” as stipulated in our Action Guidelines. This in turn enables the Company and its employees to stimulate and actively enhance one another as they work to create a better future. We will position the Policy as the cornerstone of the human resources initiatives of subsidiaries and affiliates all around the world, and aim to strike a balance between the sustainable growth of the Mitsui Chemicals Group and the happiness and self-fulfillment of our employees. Disclosed in Japanese, English and Chinese, the Policy covers the languages spoken by the majority of employees.
Human Resources Management Policy of the Mitsui Chemicals Group
1. "Always Act in Good Faith"
- The Mitsui Chemicals Group will require employees to "act in good faith" as stipulated in "The Action Guidelines," highly appreciate such employees and offer an appropriate environment for them to give full rein to their strengths.
- Mitsui Chemicals will comply with all labor and employment laws wherever it operates.
- Mitsui Chemicals will disclose its rules and operate fairly and with justice according to the rules regarding recruiting, assignment, training, evaluation and compensation of employees without any discrimination against gender, race, nationality, age, religion and disabilities.
2. "Maintain a High Regard for People and Society"
- Mitsui Chemicals will require employees to "have a high regard for people and society" as stipulated in "The Action Guidelines," highly appreciate such employees and offer an appropriate environment for them to give full rein to their strengths.
- Mitsui Chemicals will protect employees' safety and health in the workplace.
- Mitsui Chemicals does not tolerate any form of harassment, and in turn supports and respects the protection of human rights.
3. "Dream-inspiring Innovation"
- Mitsui Chemicals will require employees to have the following attitudes and engage in certain behavior in order to pursue the dream-inspiring innovation as stipulated in "The Action Guidelines," highly appreciate such employees and offer an appropriate environment for them to give full rein to their strengths:
- To take on challenges unflinchingly with full trust in our potential without fear of failure.
- To create novel value by enhancing our sensitivity.
- To consider and act proactively based on the actual data and facts at the workplace.
- To aim to be world-class professionals with a global view.
- To develop the future generation by passing on our experiences and technologies.
- To integrate individual strengths into the organization through active communication.
The Company established three Core Values to capture the spirit of all employees working at Mitsui Chemicals Group sites all around the world and to act as a unifying force, ensuring that we are all working toward the same goals. The “spirit of challenge," “respect for diversity," and “teamwork" established in the Action Guidelines are each connected to the three core values of Challenge, Diversity, and One Team.
4. Mitsui Chemicals, based on the aforementioned, will conduct Human Resources Practices under the following policies:
|Toward sustainable growth of the Company|
|Organization||Create an organization based on the strategy and allocate jobs in a way that accomplishes the strategy.|
|Recruiting||Carefully recruit human resources that contribute to the organization’s growth.|
|Assignment||Proactively promote employees that yield fruitful results.|
|Training||Foster world-class professionals from a long-term perspective.|
|Evaluation||Evaluate achievement appropriately.|
|Build up and operate a competitive compensation system to control operating costs.|
|Toward the happiness and fulfillment of employees|
|Organization||Conduct job allocation in consideration of each personal motivation and capability.|
|Recruiting||Give equal opportunities for employment to any motivated and capable candidates.|
|Assignment||Allocate suitable jobs for employees so that they can exercise their motivation and capabilities.|
|Training||Support employees in making self-reliant efforts to become world-class professionals.|
|Evaluation||Conduct fair evaluation to enhance motivation and the capability of employees.|
|Build up and operate a competitive compensation system to secure motivated and capable human resources.|
We also strive not to violate minimum wage regulations and working hours regulations on the basis of the laws and regulations stipulated by each country and region.
System and Responsible Officers
The Managing Executive Officer responsible for the Human Resources (HR) Division and the Global Human Resources Division takes this role.
The Human Resources Division plays a central role in setting the mid-term and fiscal year plans for human resources management while sharing and implementing those plans with the HR department at each business site, domestic and overseas subsidiaries, and affiliates. HR managers from each business site as well as domestic subsidiaries and affiliates and HR managers from our overseas regional headquarters periodically confirm and discuss the progress, which leads to the drafting and implementation of related policies. The priority issues of the fiscal year plans are reported to the director in charge on a quarterly basis. Important managerial issues are also discussed mainly by the Management Committee and the Key Talent Management Committee.
Furthermore, in order to draft and implement global HR policies, the Mitsui Chemicals Group has established the HR Development Advisory Committee (HRDAC), a virtual global HR organization under the general manager of the Global Human Resources Division that incorporates our HR managers together in Japan, Europe, the Americas and Asia. This organization is addressing a range of issues, such as (1) global HR marketing, (2) global HR development, (3) global mobility, and (4) global compensation/appraisal systems.
Human Resources Management System
|Target||Meeting to be monitored||Frequency|
|Each Mitsui Chemicals business site||Business site HR Managers’ Meeting||Approx. once a month|
|Meeting of employees in charge of HR at domestic subsidiaries and affiliates||Twice a year|
|Meeting of HR managers from regional headquarters (the Americas, Europe, China and Asia-Pacific) (HRDAC)||Twice a year
(Information gathering for quarterly reports is also conducted)
Human Resources Business Partners. These are staff who assist in key talent management in each division, work with the Key Talent Management Committee, and are involved with personnel changes/placements. Fifteen members are selected from the Human Resources Division and the Global Human Resources Division.
The state of compliance of HR management at sites and affiliated companies is being checked regularly with internal audits conducted by the Internal Control Division.
Goals and Results
|Percentage of women among regular hires||Career-track administrative positions||Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. registered employees||40%||52%||◯||40%||40%|
|Career-track technical positions||Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. registered employees||20%||16%||✕||20%||20%|
|General positions||Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. registered employees||5%||11.4%||◯||7%||7%|
|Ratio of women in management positions (manager-level or above)||Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. registered employees||4.0%||3.0%||✕||4.0%||10％
|Ratio of employees with disabilities||Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. registered employees||2.2%||2.3%||○||2.3%||─|
|KPI||Scope||FY2019||FY2020||Medium to Long-term|
|Increase employee engagement||Mitsui Chemicals Group||Formulate the action plans||Action plan registration rate 96%||○||Implement action plans||Conduct the regular survey and implement action plans|