Material Issue 4: A Vibrant Work Environment Where a Diverse Workforce can Unharness their Skills and Individuality

Basic Policy

The Group promotes a free and open-minded corporate culture that respects diversity in accordance with Our Values. We are also committed to securing an appropriate balance between work and individual commitments such as caring for children and the elderly, maintaining a safe and healthy work environment, implementing regular educational and training programs to prepare for disasters, accidents and so forth, as stipulated in the Sumitomo Forestry Group Code of Conduct established in 2017. Further, we are advancing development a vibrant workplace where diverse human assets can be actively engaged without regard to gender, age, nationality, race, religion or disability.

Management of Material Issue 4

Within our Mid-Term Sustainability Targets, our Material Issue 4 “a vibrant work environment where a diverse workforce can unharness their skills and individuality,” is broadly divided into four goals, which we incorporate into our management practices through inclusion in annual activity policy and measures for each department.

Targets of Material Issue 4

  1. Creating a work environment that generates diverse ideas, job satisfaction and vibrancy
  2. Securing human resources by training younger workers and utilizing older ones
  3. Reducing long work hours through work style reforms
  4. Eliminating occupational injuries

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Management of Each Target

Creating a Work Environment that Generates Diverse Ideas, Job Satisfaction and Vibrancy

Specific steps based on issues and strategies Indicators for Evaluation Managing department FY2018 result FY2019 target FY2020 target FY2021 target
Promotion of women's participation and advancement in the workplace Female employees in management positions (%) Sumitomo Forestry Personnel Department 3.7Independent assurance 4.2 5.0 5.5
Consolidated in Japan Personnel Department 6.0 6.2 6.7 7.3
Improve employee satisfaction Employee satisfaction level (%) Sumitomo Forestry Personnel Department 81.0 83.0 84.0 85.0
Change in employee satisfaction level compared to base year (%) Consolidated in Japan Personnel Department -* -* Compared to Fiscal 2019 Percentage Change
105%
Compared to Fiscal 2019 Percentage Change
110%

* No figures are available until fiscal 2018 because employee satisfaction surveys were administered biennially until then. They have been implemented annually since fiscal 2019.

Securing Human Resources by Training Younger Workers and Utilizing Older Ones

Specific steps based on issues and strategies Indicators for Evaluation Managing department FY2018 result FY2019 target FY2020 target FY2021 target
Develop human resources from a long-term perspective according to the revision of the evaluation system (April 2019) and evaluator training Three-year turnover rate among newly hired graduates (%) Sumitomo Forestry Personnel Department 18.0 17.0 16.0 15.0
Consolidated in Japan Personnel Department 22.2 15.3 13.2 12.9
Enhance training programs Training cost per employee (unit: 1,000 yen) Sumitomo Forestry Personnel Department 97
120 132 132
Consolidated in Japan Personnel Department 53
65 66 66
Total number of training participants (persons) Sumitomo Forestry Personnel Department 11,367 13,000 13,000 13,000
Consolidated in Japan Personnel Department 13,297 15,224 15,700 16,176
Training time per employee (hours) Sumitomo Forestry Personnel Department 13.6
13.7 14.4 15.5
Implement year-initial interviews prior to full-term retirement Rate of retiree re-employment (%) Sumitomo Forestry Personnel Department 81.7
82.0 85.0 87.0
Consolidated in Japan Personnel Department 73.3 64.0 67.7 78.0

Reducing Long Work Hours Through Work Style Reforms

Specific steps based on issues and strategies Indicators for Evaluation Managing department FY2018 result FY2019 target FY2020 target FY2021 target
Guidance for improvement to departments with low rates of paid-leave use Average paid leaves taken by employees (days) Sumitomo Forestry Personnel Department 10.1 12.3 13.5 14.0
Consolidated in Japan Personnel Department 8.7 10.0 10.6 11.3
Expand departments using flextime and internal mock inspections Average overtime working hour reduction rate compared to fiscal 2013 (%) Sumitomo Forestry Personnel Department -24.9 -27.6 -30.0 -32.0
Average overtime working hour reduction rate compared to fiscal 2017 (%) Consolidated in Japan Personnel Department 2.0 -3.3 -6.2 -11.3

Eliminating Occupational Injuries

Specific steps based on issues and strategies Indicators for Evaluation Managing department FY2018 result FY2019 target FY2020 target FY2021 target
Implement reciprocal safety audits and manufacturing department safety audits
Share case studies and implement risk assessments
Number of serious occupational injuries occurrences (incidents)
(four or more days’ work leave)
Sumitomo Forestry, non-consolidated Personnel Department 2Independent assurance 0 0 0
Consolidated in Japan - 10 0 0 0
Consolidated outside Japan - 16 0 0 0
Domestic forest sites
(contractors)
Environment and Resources Division 4 0 0 0
Overseas plantation sites
(contractors)
Environment and Resources Division 3 0 0 0
New construction sites*
(contractors)
Housing and Construction Division 9 0 0 0
Number of occupational injuries (incidents)
(requiring one or more days’ work leave)
New Construction sites* in Japan
(contractors)
Housing and Construction Division 16 0 0 0

* Includes sole proprietorships

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