Basic Policy

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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Human Resources Development System

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 (FY2019)

Number of Employees Attending Main Training Programs (FY2019)

Training program Number of people attending
Number of people attending
(Group companies)
Training by specific levels (15 courses) 1,512 221 1,733
Selective training (22 courses) 150 27 177
Self-development training (79 courses) 182 0 182
e-learning (6 mandatory courses) 4,890 6,418 11,308

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

FY2015 FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019
Hours of training received per employee 9.3 9.4 13.1* 13.6 18.0
Expenditure on training per employee (yen) 91,000 100,000 100,000 97,000 102,000

* Calculation method was changed from 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 registered architects to acquire a first-class registered architect's license. 21 employees satisfied the criteria in fiscal 2019.

Initiatives in the Human Resources Development Department, Housing and Construction Division

The Human Resources Development Department engaged in training and a variety of other initiatives in accordance with the training and education policies. Among the trainees, junior employees aim to become independent (fully qualified) by the end of their third year in education that concentrates on making trainees think. OJT strengthens the coordination with trainers and incorporates methods for flipped learning as a means to strengthen OJT. The training aims to provide faster mastery of the content as a place to find more practical follow up.

Flow of Flipped Learning

To ensure the OJT for junior and mid-level employees reaches its full potential, we are nurturing management skills, product knowledge, and human assets development capabilities of current and future managers to support and guide on efficient work styles.

Training has also begun using VR video as a new initiative. In addition to on-site training, trainees quickly learn the knowledge necessary for construction by experiencing various virtual environments without exterior influences, and deepen their understanding of operational processes through hands-on experiences as though they are training on an actual site.

Visual and Auditory Sensory Training via Video Projected to a Head-mounted Display Worn by Trainees (Image)

Training Framework of the Housing and Construction Division

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 2019, the school welcomed 57 new enrollments, including carpenters employed at partner firms outside the Company and saw 55 graduating. In fiscal 2020, the school had another 61 new enrollments.

Practical training in construction of a house

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

(29th graduating students)
(30th graduating students)
(31st graduating students)
(32nd graduating students)
(33rd graduating students)
Number of new students 63 67 69 57 61
Number of graduates 61 66 68 55 -
Students who acquired the 2nd class carpenter license 57 49 62 55 -

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