Human Resources Management
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Policy and Basic Approach
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
The status of compliance relating to human resources management at each business site and at each subsidiary and affiliate company is regularly checked by means of internal control audits. Monitoring is also undertaken with regard to the progress made with the priority issues in the fiscal year plans and related policies.
|Target||Meeting to be monitored||Frequency|
|Domestic sites||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.
Goals and Results
|The number of employees||Regular recruitment for regular positions||Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. registered employees||100||106||◯||105||─|
|Regular recruitment for general positions||Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. registered employees||160||161||◯||140||─|
|Mid-career recruitment for regular positions||Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. registered employees||90||87||◯||45||─|
|Mid-career recruitment for general positions||Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. registered employees||25||25||◯||44||─|
|Ratio of female employees hired through the regular recruitment||Regular administrative positions||Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. registered employees||40%||47%||◯||40%||40%
|Regular technical positions||Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. registered employees||15%||16%||◯||20%||20%
|General positions||Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. registered employees||5%||5.0%||◯||5%||5%
|Ratio of women in management positions (manager-level or above)||Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. registered employees||3.2%||2.9%||✕||4.0%||4.0%
|The number of employees who attended Leadership Development-Program||Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. registered employees||approx. 100||95||◯||95||80/year|
|Increase employee engagement||Mitsui Chemicals Group||Conduct the first survey, ascertain engagement level||Conducted the survey, ascertained engagement level||◯||Formulate the action plan||Conduct the regular survey and implement action plans|
Review and Challenges
As the world has become increasingly globalized in recent years, more than 40% of our employees are now working overseas. Society requires companies to state how they can contribute to the realization of a sustainable society. We answer this question by creating the values required by society, and the key is human resources.
There are two main challenges in global HR. The first is to secure human resources to execute our business strategy. To find and secure excellent human resources, we established the HR Development Advisory Committee (HRDAC) in 2014 and have been operating the committee as a virtual organization that exchanges information and implements human resources measures beyond regional borders. The second challenge is to improve job engagement by employees. We conducted an engagement survey targeting at Group employees around the world in June 2018.
The Global HR Division was established in April 2019 to enhance these efforts and to efficiently manage human resources at the global Group level.