Basic Policy on Human Resources Development

Guided by the policy for human resources development of "autonomy" and "support," Sumitomo Forestry aims to realize its Corporate Philosophy by developing employees with a strong sense of pride and motivation, and by creating a culture that is open and inclusive.

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Promotion System

Sumitomo Forestry Business Institute, Personnel Department
The Sumitomo Forestry Business Institute within the Personnel Department of Sumitomo Forestry plans and conducts training to teach business skills in which employees can participate widely even outside of their Group company or business division.
In addition, meetings for people in charge of Sumitomo Forestry Group Training are held to exchange information about human resource development.

Human Resources Development Department, Housing and Construction Division
The Human Resources Development Department conducts practical education around the axes of the customer perspective and professionalism for employees who belong to the Housing and Construction Division (sales, design, interiors, production, general affairs, and head office staff).
This department also supports training at each company by working closely with each Group company managed by the Housing and Construction Division.

Group company and each department
Training to develop professionalism in each field is conducted at each Group company and in each department.

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Development of the Sumitomo Forestry Business Institute

Under a theme of “Supporting Motivated People,” since the Sumitomo Forestry Business Institute launched in fiscal 2011, the Institute has shifted emphasis, from "training for each level," which had previously been advocated across-the-board, to more "self-development" and "selective" training, and the content of e-learning has been expanded.

In addition to the training for each level that includes new employee training, we are conducting selective and elective group training jointly throughout the Group. Sumitomo Forestry Business Institute e-learning provides a flexible learning environment to Group employees in Japan.

Sumitomo Forestry Business Institute training system, Personnel Department (FY2017)

Number of Employees Attending Main Training Programs (FY2017)

Training program Number of people attending (non-consolidated) Number of people attending (Group companies)
Training by specific levels (11 courses) 904 145
Elective training (23 courses) 83 30
Self-development training (37 courses) 366 10
e-learning (6 mandatory courses) 4,906 4,737

Hours of Training and Expenditure on Training (Non-Consolidated)

FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016 FY 2017
Hours of training received per employee 7.5 6.8 9.3 9.4 13.1*
Expenditure on training per employee (yen) 91,000 91,000 91,000 100,000 100,000

* The figures increased due to a revision in the calculation method in fiscal 2017.

Support for Obtaining Qualifications and Attending External Education

Sumitomo Forestry promotes independent efforts for capacity building and career development. For instance, the Company's Regulations for Assistance in Obtaining Qualifications and Attending External Education include provisions for assistance when an employee seeks to obtain qualifications or use an external educational institution.

With regard to obtaining qualifications needed for managing operations and qualifications recommended for capacity building, the regulations prescribe assistance limits for each qualification.

In particular, a lump-sum payment is provided to employees who pass the examination for first-class Architect to acquire a first-class Architect license. 12 employees satisfied the criteria in fiscal 2017.

New Business Proposition Program—Power for the Future Project

Sumitomo Forestry has established the New business proposition program—Power for the Future Project, harnessing the ambitions and skills of employees to create new businesses. The project enables everyone who works in the Sumitomo Forestry Group in Japan to make new businesses proposals based on their own ideas. This program has held five times every couple of year since the inaugural program in fiscal 2006.

Up until fiscal 2016, there have been six projects, including a day care service project, started.

Handing Down the Techniques Used in Building Wooden Houses

Sumitomo Forestry recognizes that in order to preserve the way of building houses that makes best use of the traditional Japanese wooden post-and-beam construction method, it is important to pass on these skills and techniques to the next generation of workers.

The Sumitomo Forestry School of Professional Building Techniques is an in-house educational institution certified by the governor of Chiba Prefecture, and was founded by the Company in 1988 as a corporate boarding school for vocational training. Implementation of a one-year training curriculum, the school provides training for new employees at Sumitomo Forestry Home Engineering Co., Ltd. who aspire for a job in carpentry. In terms of construction-related subjects, students study classroom-based subjects such as an introduction to building, structure, drawing, methods of construction, materials and supervision, as well as practical subjects, such as tool operation and maintenance, the traditional technique of marking timber with sumi ink and a carpenter's square, processing, safety work, model-based practical training, demonstration-based practical training and computing with the goal of acquiring a 2nd class carpenter license upon completion. On completion of their training, graduates are assigned to places all around Japan, and after a few years, they return to the school to undertake seven to ten days of training in Japanese rooms and in a preparatory course for acquiring the 1st class carpenter license as a certified specialist.

In fiscal 2017, the school welcomed 67 new enrolments, including carpenters employed at partner firms outside the Company and saw 66 graduating. In fiscal 2018, the school had another 69 new enrolments.

Practical training in construction of a house

Practical training in construction of a house

Practical training in construction of a house

New Students and Performance at The Sumitomo Forestry School of Professional Building Techniques

FY 2014 (27th graduating students) FY 2015 (28th graduating students) FY 2016 (29th graduating students) FY 2017 (30th graduating students) FY 2018 (31st graduating students)
Number of new students* 58 64 63 67 69
Number of graduates* 56 57 61 66 -
Students who acquired the 2nd class carpenter license 46 54 57 49 -

* Calculated based on the number of employees as of March 31 each year.

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