The Sumitomo Rubber Group’s consolidated headcount totals 40,055, with 28,047 employees at overseas bases accounting for 70% of the overall number. Looking at the proportional composition of this workforce by region, operations in Asia and Oceania (excluding Japan) account for 43%, while operations in Europe and Africa and those in the Americas account for 17% and 10%, respectively.
The basic aim of the Group is to respect the human rights of employees, fostering a workplace environment in which everyone feels safe, respected and free to engage in the open exchange of ideas and is encouraged to take on challenging tasks. In line with this, we are striving to create a corporate culture that supports employee efforts to achieve personal growth in step with the Group’s business growth. As for the fostering of global human resources, we are strengthening efforts overseas, aiming to ensure identical product quality irrespective of the factory in which manufacturing takes place, so that all employees are able to grow and to feel job satisfaction.
|Number of consolidated employees||33,792||36,650||37,852||39,233||39,298||40,055|
|Number of employees (Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (Non-Consolidated Basis))||6,693||6,666||7,175||7,325||7,371||7,573|
|Average years of service (Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (Non-Consolidated Basis))||16.5||16.2||15.9||15.7||15.9||15.3|
|Employee turnover ratio (Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (Non-Consolidated Basis))||3.5||3.9||3.8||3.2||3.4||3.6|
The Group fosters human resources through a combination of three components: off the job training such as group training, etc., on the job training at each division, and self-study. We believe that to develop robust human resources, we must start with helping employees be aware of what they need to learn. In particular, we provide young employees with grade-specific career vision training designed to help them envision their desired future and thereby identify the types of skills they need to acquire.
This training also involves supplementary programs for those who voluntarily take on further learning. Although the above training programs conducted online have become commonplace since 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue to enhance our training systems in a way that takes full advantage of the features of online, in-person, and e-learning instruction.
Regarding the systematic execution of human resource development, we are promoting a variety of training programs to enable employees to improve their skills, with the Human Resources Development Department and the Manufacturing Education Department playing a central role.
As for the fostering of global human resources, we are strengthening efforts overseas, aiming to ensure identical product quality irrespective of the factory in which manufacturing takes place, so that all employees are able to grow and to feel job satisfaction.
Our manufacturing education emphasizes manufacturing technology and craftsmanship in Japan and overseas.
In workplace supervisor training, the focus is on putting what has been learned to practical use. To raise the level of workplace management, we are conducting various activities aimed at establishing a consistent, Group-wide philosophy embraced by all employees across the Group.
Our Corporate Code of Conduct states that we “maintain a sound working environment free from discrimination on the basis of belief, creed, religion, race, skin color, nationality, language, social background, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical handicap or other reason.” Accordingly, we strive to prevent the infringement of human rights of any employee.
Furthermore, a handbook on human resource and labor management has been distributed to all those in managerial positions.
We also help raise their awareness of relevant topics via training and lecture sessions. In these ways, we are striving to create a working environment that tolerates no human resource violations or harassment and empowers every employee to work energetically.