Working with Our Employees

Promoting Diversity

Our aim here at the Mitsui Chemicals Group is to actively harness diversity and create a company in which each and every employee can put their all into their work. We established the Promotion and Development of Women Team in 2006 and started promoting human resource diversity with an emphasis on gender equality. In response to a changing environment as a result of rapid globalization, we reorganized activities in 2011 to include cross-cultural awareness and renamed the team the Diversity Promotion Team, creating a stronger framework through which to actively encourage diversity. Making a fresh start as the Diversity Promotion Department in 2015, we have commenced initiatives to raise awareness of diversifying career paths and adapt to changing values toward work styles while taking over the work started by the Promotion and Development of Women Team in 2006.

The Diversity Promotion Department’s priorities and goals include the following

Promoting Women in the Workplace

The Mitsui Chemicals Group has focused its efforts on proactively leveraging the capabilities of women in its operations even before establishing the Promotion and Development of Women Team in 2006. These efforts include dispatching female employees to plants and employing women in positions with promotion prospects. Over the past decade, we have seen steady progress from our efforts to foster a corporate culture that encourages the ongoing employment of women. Nevertheless, we still face issues in terms of a lack of consistency in annual female employment rates and the low percentage of female managers.
To address these issues, we plan to make further progress by setting targets for female hiring and management ratios. We will steadily implement action plans formulated in these areas.

A Message from the President

Our goal is to become an attractive corporate group in which everyone is able to fully demonstrate their capabilities.

The Mitsui Chemicals Group recognizes the importance of diversity in ensuring sustainable growth both for the Group and society. Based on this understanding, we have positioned diversity as one of our core values.

Advancing diversity is an important business strategy. We strongly believe that a diverse pool of human resources, characterized by wide-ranging experiences and wealth of new ideas, is the driving force behind innovation, a key source of sustainable growth.

As a part of its efforts to promote diversity, the Mitsui Chemicals Group works diligently to foster a corporate culture in which women are able to excel. Moving forward, we will redouble our efforts to support female employees to take up the challenge of advancing their careers. We will also look to promote a growing number of women to positions of senior management.

The Mitsui Chemicals Group is committed to building a workplace environment in which employees can make the most of their strengths and capabilities. In this manner, we will continue to pursue innovation and work toward becoming an attractive corporate group.

Tsutomu Tannowa
President and CEO

  Fiscal 2009 Fiscal 2010 Fiscal 2011 Fiscal 2012 Fiscal 2013 Fiscal 2014 Fiscal 2015
All employees 8297 7878 7633 7266 7129 6931 6733
Number of female employees 898 882 873 848 845 827 808
Ratio of female employees 11% 11% 11% 12% 12% 12% 12%
Number of women in manager positions 107 115 125 133 140 155 181
Ratio of women in manager positions 3.2% 3.6% 4.0% 4.2% 4.9% 5.4% 6.2%
Ratio of women in line manager or higher positions 1.2% 1.3% 1.5% 1.6% 1.6% 1.8% 2.0%

Promoting Foreign Employees in the Workplace

The Mitsui Chemicals Group began full-scale hiring of foreign employees in Japan in 2005. In order to help alleviate concerns over lifestyle and cultural differences, we provide various types of information to foreign employees necessary for living in Japan. In addition, we maintain an environment conducive for foreign employees to display their talents. To that end, we established consultation services to help those having difficulties living in Japan and to provide career advice.

Number of foreign (non-Japanese) employees (end-FY2015) 57

【2015 Activity Achievements】
(1) Assisted with Japanese language training
(2) Assisted with visa procedures
(3) Addressed daily inquiries regarding HR programs, initiatives, company regulations

【2016 Activity Plans】
(1) Assist with Japanese language training
(2) Assist with visa procedures
(3) Address daily inquiries regarding HR programs, initiatives, company regulations
(4) Convey information required for working in Japan in English and Japanese
(5) Networking

Enabling employees with disabilities to reach their full potential in the workplace

The Mitsui Chemicals Group is also committed to supporting people with disabilities. We have maintained the legally required rate of employment for people with disabilities since fiscal 2004 (fiscal 20015: 2.2%). We plan to continue actively recruiting people with disabilities. We continue to improve the working environment while maintaining a sound corporate culture for all employees.

  Fiscal 2013 Fiscal 2014 Fiscal 2015
Rate of employment for people with disabilities (%) 2.2% 2.1% 2.2%