Active Promotion of Female Employees
On April 1, 2018, under the “Stand Close Together” strategy, we set up a project that spanned the entire company solely consisting of female members. Its activities have been initiated to expand Kaneka’s business and increase its corporate value and brand power.
As in the last fiscal year, in fiscal 2018 we have focused on the themes contained in the Action Plan, which was developed based on the Act on Promotion of Women’s Participation and Advancement in the Workplace. The Career Consultation Desk is held at three sites for women to brush up their career image. To promote the appointment of female managers, we create personalized training plans for candidates and provide support for them on a continuing basis. Regarding recruitment, the employment rate of female students who graduated from technical colleges and universities in fiscal 2018 was approximately 32%.
While creating a women-friendly company environment, we will continue our active efforts to hire women and build their capacity.
Hiring and Support of Employees with Various Nationalities
Of approximately 10,000 employees of the Kaneka Group, there are over 2,500 employees with foreign nationalities engaged in operations worldwide. In overseas group companies, some of them are working in top management.
In the Kaneka Corporation, there are more than 40 employees with foreign nationalities. In order for them to quickly become accustomed to the workplace and play an active role, we offer them continuous support, including Japanese language training.
Employment of Persons with Disabilities
The employment rate for persons with disabilities in fiscal 2017 reached 2.19%, achieving the legally mandated employment rate (2.0%). We will continue to actively employ persons with disabilities and support employment efforts by our group companies by expanding the range of occupational opportunities and creating a welcoming workplace.
Employment of Senior Citizens
In light of the Amended Act on Stabilization of Employment of Elderly Persons, which took effect in April 2013, we revised our system for senior contract employees to accommodate those who wish to continue their employment up to age 65.
In fiscal 2017, we conducted career design training for 50- and 55-year-old employees, to encourage them to see their retirement from the company at age 60 as a turning point where they can take up new work with enthusiasm.