Respect for Human Rights and the Development of Diversity
Mitsubishi Chemical (MCC) regards respect for human rights as the basis of its management and the development of diversity as part of its management strategy. MCC has established its Basic Policy on Respect for Human Rights and the Development of Diversity to focus efforts on these issues.
Basic Policy on Respect for Human Rights and the Development of Diversity
Within the MCC Group, all employees shall respect one another’s diverse individuality and values, including nationality, race, religious beliefs, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation and disability or lack thereof. In this way, we aim to enable every individual to develop their abilities to the fullest and to achieve sustainable growth by creating new value for society.
Respect for Human Rights
In line with the Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group Charter of Corporate Behavior[Open in a new window], we shall respect the dignity and rights of all people and shall not unfairly discriminate under any circumstances. Furthermore, each employee shall endeavor to correctly understand human rights and related issues and help create workplaces that realize KAITEKI and are free of discrimination and harassment.
In line with the Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group Charter of Corporate Behavior[Open in a new window], we shall build organizations that take strength from diversity, in which each individual is aware of their role, strives to enhance their abilities as needed, and utilizes said abilities to the fullest to contribute to the creation of KAITEKI value. Furthermore, we shall endeavor to balance our work and personal lives and, by deepening dialogue and mutual understanding, create a workplace culture that is rich in drive and energy and that realizes KAITEKI.
To promote respect for human rights and diversity on a company-wide basis, we have established the Human Rights and Diversity Development Committee, chaired by the President and comprising the chief operating officer of each business domain and corporate function domains. The members of this committee regularly monitor performance and discuss new initiatives as they implement PDCA cycles.
In March 2019, we published the Mitsubishi Chemical Diversity Report (available in Japanese only) to communicate our initiatives to stakeholders in and outside the company.
Respect for Human Rights
The Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings (MCHC) Group has established the Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group Global Policy on Respecting Human Rights, Employment and Labor[PDF]. In light of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and United Nations Global Compact, MCC has adopted this policy as its action guidelines.
In addition to implementing the necessary employee education to ensure respect for individual dignity and rights, MCC forbids child labor and forced labor and strives to maintain proper working conditions. Through these efforts, MCC seeks to fulfill its corporate social responsibility to ensure that the rights of all its stakeholders are respected. We have also begun to create a human rights due diligence system based on the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
Within the company, we maintain systems for dealing with human rights issues appropriately. Specifically, we are implementing a variety of educational and other initiatives, including rank-specific training and e-learning, aimed at deepening awareness and knowledge of human rights. In addition, we are promulgating a clear message of zero tolerance for harassment while working to improve awareness and mindsets. At each plant, we have appointed harassment counselors, to whom employees can go to seek help or guidance related to harassment or human rights issues.
Fiscal 2018 Human-Rights Related Training
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- 1To promote employee awareness of human rights, every summer we ask employees and their families to submit human rights-related slogans.
Enabling Women to Succeed
MCC is working to develop female managers, provide career development support for female employees, implement workstyle reforms and develop its workplace culture. We are also aiming to double the percentage of management positions (line manager or equivalent and above) held by women by 2021 from the 2017 level. MCC is implementing a range of initiatives to achieve these goals.
To develop female managers, we hold meetings with women who are not in line management positions and their supervisors to hear their opinions and requests and better understand where they are in their careers. Based on these meetings, we formulate and execute development measures. To provide career development support, we send employees to training programs organized by external organizations and offer training on various specific themes that is open to all. Through such initiatives, we are providing opportunities for employees to expand their perspectives and enhance their skills.
In coordination with the new Mitsubishi Chemical Women’s Council (a company-wide project sponsored by the president and aimed at promoting the success of women), MCC is providing support to enable its female employees to achieve greater success as part of efforts to utilize its people’s capabilities in line with its basic policy on promoting diversity. At the same time, we are building a foundation to ensure that women and all employees can succeed in their own ways by providing accurate evaluations and increasing awareness of flexible workstyles.
We have formulated the action plan below based on the Act on Promotion of Women’s Participation and Advancement in the Workplace.
MCC’s Action Plan
We have established the following action plan to support the development and success of female employees.
1. Plan Duration
April 1, 2017–March 31, 2021 (four years)
2. Numerical Target
Double the percentage of management positions (line manager or equivalent and above) held by women from the 2017 level
(1) Implement systematic career development support for female employees
(2) Develop female managers
(3) Enhance educational opportunities for motivated employees
(4) Implement workstyle reforms and develop workplace culture
Balancing Work and Personal Lives
Enabling every employee to utilize their abilities and balance their work and personal lives is essential to promoting diversity. MCC supports its employees with numerous systems designed to meet the needs attendant to a range of life stages.
Initiatives Related to Child Care
We have created an environment that supports employees with children from a long-term perspective to make it easier to work while raising children. To help avoid difficulties related to taking and returning from child care leave, we have made pre-child care leave (or for women, pre-maternity leave) meetings between employees and their line managers mandatory and, to facilitate an earlier return from child care leave, set up a “concierge service” to assist parents in finding and securing spots in daycare facilities. Furthermore, to alleviate concerns about difficulties securing such a spot, ineligibility for certain support systems after children begin their fourth grade school year, or finding a place to care for children during long school breaks, we have partnered with external daycare facilities to secure a number of places for the company. Through such measures, we have created an environment that helps employees return to work with confidence. From fiscal 2018, we have taken additional steps to further facilitate fathers’ active participation in child care. Such efforts include extending the period during which they can take paternity leave to account for the common practice in Japan of women staying at their parents’ house for several weeks after giving birth (so that they can take leave after their wives and children return) as well as allowing the use of the expired annual paid vacation day system (livelihood support leave) for child care.
We have formulated the action plan below based on the Act for the Promotion of Measures to Support the Nurturing of the Next Generation.
MCC’s Action Plan
To facilitate balanced work and personal lives for employees and enable all employees to exercise their abilities by creating accommodating work environments, we have established the following action plan.
1. Plan Duration
April 1, 2017–March 31, 2021 (four years)
2. Targets and Initiatives
Target 1: Create environments that facilitate the success of employees engaged in child care
- Monitor the usage of systems to support employees in balancing their work and personal lives as well as the results of related initiatives and share findings broadly with employees
- Provide support to help employees continue working and return to work smoothly and promptly after child care leave
Target 2: Develop a workplace culture that is supportive of employees balancing work and home responsibilities
- Foster increased understanding of company systems
- Respect employees’ diverse values and workstyles while creating a workplace culture in which each employee recognizes their role and can exercise their abilities to the fullest
- Reduce working hours
- Encourage the use of paid leave
Target 3: Carry out other initiatives to support the development of the next generation
- Provide opportunities for children to come into contact with workplaces, such as plant tours
- Foster understanding of the meaning of work among young people and provide work experience opportunities
Initiatives Related to Nursing Care
In recent years, enabling individuals to both work and perform nursing care duties for family members has become a major social issue. To find out more about employees’ nursing care duties, we added questions about nursing care to the regular Employee Perception Survey conducted in autumn 2017. More than 20% of employees answered that they were either currently performing nursing care duties or might need to begin doing so within the next five years. Because advance preparation for nursing care can effectively prevent the need for employees to leave their jobs, we held seminars about working while performing nursing care (33 total seminars at 18 locations). By providing information on such topics as mental preparation and company support systems and helping supervisors better support their subordinates, we aim to ensure that no employee is forced to leave their job to perform nursing care.
Handbook on balancing work and nursing care (24 pages)
The “Tomonin” mark, created by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, can be used by companies that strive to ensure workplace environments that enable employees to balance work and nursing care. MCC has been certified to use this mark.
Main Systems to Support Employees in Balancing Their Work and Personal Lives
- Temporary retirement for childcare: Until the April 30 after the child’s third birthday
- Reduced work hours for childcare: Until the end of the child’s third grade school year
- Injury/illness nursing care leave: Up to 10 days per year (can be used in half-day units)
- Temporary retirement for family care: One year per qualifying family member
- Reduced working hours for nursing care: Maximum two-hour reduction in working hours per day (as long as necessary)
- Reduced work days for nursing care: Maximum five-day reduction in working days per month (as long as necessary)
- Nursing care leave: Up to 20 days per year (can be used in half-day units)
- Livelihood support leave (system for accumulating expired annual paid leave): Can be used for recovery from illness or injury, child care, nursing care, etc.
- Declaration of desired place of work: Allows employees to specify their desired place of work to accommodate family circumstances
- Temporary retirement for spouse’s overseas service: Allows employees to take leave of up to three years to accompany their spouse on an overseas work assignment
- Fertility treatment leave: Allows employees to take leave of up to a total of one year for advanced fertility treatment that meets certain standards
- Remote work system for employees whose work is suitable for telecommuting
- Day care cost stipends
- Day care information service
- Nursing care stipends and financial support
- Home care worker stipend
- Establishment of external nursing care consultation points
Support to Enable People with Disabilities to Exercise Their Abilities
MCC’s basic policy is to ensure that the individuality of every employee, disabled or not, is respected and that all employees can thrive. In accordance with this policy, MCC is advancing initiatives to promote the hiring of people with disabilities and enable them to exercise their abilities. Each business site partners with special-needs schools and institutions to proactively provide work experience opportunities. We also strive to develop working environments that are accommodating to employees with disabilities and seek to retain such employees. Furthermore, we are advancing such initiatives as making toilets barrier-free and improving workrooms to suit the needs of people with disabilities.
In 1993, we established the special subsidiary Kasei Frontier Service, Inc., which mainly provides PC data entry and printing services, to help people with disabilities achieve growth by taking on work responsibilities and thus contribute to society. As of June 2019, said company had 77 employees with disabilities (of 103 total employees).
In June 2019, 2.25% of MCC employees were people with disabilities. At each site and at Kasei Frontier Service, we provide appropriate support for employees with disabilities and actively seek to hire such employees.
A Company Where People with and without Disabilities Work as One to Take on Ambitious Goals
Kasei Frontier Service, Inc.
At Kasei Frontier Service, Inc., although we provide both tangible and intangible accommodations to enable people with disabilities to thrive at work, we do not give such employees special treatment. This is because our aim is to be a company where people with and without disabilities work as one to take on ambitious goals.
In managing Kasei Frontier Service, we continually strive to make the company an organization we can be proud of as a team of human beings. To that end, it must be a company where anyone can work comfortably in a friendly but competitive environment. At the same time, as employees age, their circumstances and abilities change. Even so, we must cooperate and help one another to develop working environments that offer each employee the joy of working and a true sense of participating in and contributing to society.