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Diversity Management


Message from the Officer in Charge


The Sumitomo Riko Group Management Philosophy states, "We will foster an invigorating corporate culture that respects our employees’ diversity, personal qualities, and individuality”. We recognize the promotion of diversity as the foundation of our management and aim to create a workplace where "Everyone can demonstrate their abilities”. Currently, about 80% of our employees work outside of Japan, and the importance of promoting and practicing diversity is becoming increasingly important.
Regarding the promotion of diversity, in 2015, the Diversity Committee was established as a subcommittee of the CSR Committee (currently the CSR Sustainability Committee). Since 2016, the Diversity Promotion Office (Diversity Promotion Section as of 2021) has been the exclusive organization for promoting diversity and gathering opinions not only from members directly involved in Group personnel affairs but also other business units with company-wide cross-sectional perspective.
Going forward, we will continue to engage proactively in the promotion of diversity, with the aim of fostering globally, across the Group a corporate culture that is accepting of every person’s individuality, regardless of their race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, age, educational background, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability, in which every single person can flourish to their full potential and find reward in their work.
I appreciate our stakeholders' understanding and support of the Group's HR initiatives and commitment to diversity.

Hirohisa Maeda
Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer

Approach to Diversity Management

The Sumitomo Riko Group Management Philosophy proclaims, "We will foster an invigorating corporate culture that respects our employees' diversity, personal qualities, and individuality." The Group engages in diversity promotion activities to create an environment in which people from diverse backgrounds can work with vigor and enthusiasm.


The Sumitomo Riko Group’s Diversity Logo

The establishment of a dedicated logo symbolizes the Sumitomo Riko Group’s efforts to promote diversity. This logo expresses our determination to unite in the creation of things of value through connections between people and links between diverse individuality, as a symbol of Sumitomo Riko’s active engagement in diversity.

Diversity Promotion Structure

At Sumitomo Riko, the Diversity Promotion Section develops diversity principles and measures throughout the company. Also. The Diversity Promotion Section is part of the Human Resources Department, and works together with the CSR Planning Office, Human Resources Development Department, Group HR Planning and Management Office, and other departments to establish specific systems and improve the internal environment.

Mid-term Vision, Results and Challenges for Diversity

Mid-term vision

At Sumitomo Riko, our vision is centered on three axes, and we aim to create a workplace where everyone can demonstrate their abilities.

Three axes

  1. Empowerment of diverse people for success in work: Mindset reform toward independent success
  2. Work style reform: Establish comfortable workplace environments for all employees of all kinds
  3. Mindset reform and cultivation of corporate culture: Deepen understanding in workplaces, invigorate individuals
Figure: Mid-term Vision, Results and Challenges for Diversity

Key diversity challenges and outcomes in FY2020

ThemeKey Diversity Challenges in FY2019FY2020 Actual
Empowerment of diverse people for success in work Women account for 30% of all new recruits
  • - 23.6% (March 2021).
Promote employment of people with disabilities (legally prescribed minimum employment rate: 2.30%)
  • - 2.49% (March 2021, Applied for 3 Special Subsidiary companies). Target achieved
  • - Started accepting two temporarily assigned employees from special-purpose subsidiary, SumiRiko Joyful
Clarify and analyze actual situation to create comfortable workplace environments
Work style reform
  • - Conducted in-house stress check, Iki-Iki Shindan
  • - Promoted workplace improvement activities based on outcomes of group analysis
Examine and improve current reforms of systems Implemented fixed-point observation of in-house programs
Strengthen support programs for employees balancing work with parenting or nursing care responsibilities Nursing care
  • - Established direct help line offering free advice from external experts (Number of calls received in FY2020: 2)
  • - Conducted seminars on balancing work and family responsibilities by video distribution
  • - Conducted an online tour of an on-site daycare center for employees on parenting leave
Mindset reform and cultivation of corporate culture Strengthening of information dissemination capabilities
  • - Dissemination of information through the company newsletter "Mitsukumi"
  • - Sending out Diversity Newsletters
  • - Update the latest information on the company website "G.Portal”
Awareness-raising activities through various training programs
  • - Included diversity training in all position-specific training programs.
  • - Holding the first online Sumitomo Electric Group Women's Forum
Certification schemes
  • - Made use of Tomonin nursing care support scheme
  • - Took Nadeshiko Brand challenge

Key diversity challenges in FY2021