Having created a slogan to “love the differences,” Shiseido endeavors to build a corporate culture that respects the diversity of its workforce, irrespective of gender, age, nationality and any other individual attribute, and encourages dynamic discussions aimed at creating new value. We pursue this endeavor as part of ongoing efforts to fulfill our corporate mission to create BEAUTY INNOVATIONS FOR A BETTER WORLD.
We have intensively cultivated a company culture in which diverse employees, including women, play active roles while demonstrating their skills and proactively building their career.
Also, expecting to see a woman president in the future, we aim to raise women’s ratio in our company’s senior management such as department directors and hold "NEXT LEADERSHIP SESSION for WOMEN”, leadership training sessions for women employees, headed by the president. As one of our constant efforts to foster future women leaders, we held the first series of the sessions in 2017 and plan to have two more, in which participants go through a 10-month comprehensive leadership development program that offers lectures given by women leaders from outside the company, a workshop to learn from horses’ demeanor, individual coaching sessions and other lessons. The goal of the program is to help participants have a clear image of their future job with greater responsibilities and influence, discover their own unique-to-women leadership style to become more confident in themselves, and upgrade their management skills. The contents of the program include, therefore, not only general leadership development training but also assistance in solving concerns and problems unique to women.
We are working on various activities such as creating an environment where every employee can be themselves at work, deepening the understanding of LGBT and supporting LGBT persons.
For example, we have held in-house sessions for understanding LGBT (since July 2015) and revised the employment regulations in which one can enjoy the same treatment for having a same-sex partner as that for an opposite-sex partner (as of January 1, 2017). By doing these, we are promoting the correct understanding of LGBT and preparing in-house systems for the employees who are LGBT persons.
Also, we participate in Japan's biggest LGBT supporting event, Tokyo Rainbow Pride, and continue social support activities such as makeup advice, sampling activities (volunteers from the Company) and makeup advice for patients who have undergone gender reassignment surgery, etc.
Through these activities, we were certified as Gold, the highest grade, in 2017 by “work with Pride”, an organization that evaluates companies' LGBT support efforts.
Shiseido has become more active in employing a diverse workforce, regardless of nationality, at the head office in Japan, in addition to overseas subsidiaries. Persons with wide-ranging backgrounds are now assigned to various sections and departments in the Company. For non-Japanese nationals hired by the head office, the Company conforms to Japan’s immigration control systems, especially related to resident status requirements, and treats them appropriately based on relevant employment regulations.
Shiseido has been introducing a post-retirement reemployment system since FY2006 aimed at developing an energetic corporate culture and establishing an environment in which middle-aged and older employees who have grown within Shiseido can continue to work as long as they have the motivation and ability to do so.
In FY2014, we launched the EL Partner System to reemploy those wishing to continue working, and in FY2018, we enhanced reemployment conditions for assuming more important responsibilities. Particularly in areas such as R&D, we re-hire “senior scientists” to hand down their highly specialized techniques and know-how to future generations.
The domestic Shiseido Group employs fixed-term employees based on labor-related laws and regulations and provides appropriate treatment with various social insurance and holidays stipulated by the law according to employment regulations and various other regulations.
Starting from FY2018, in accordance with the law, for fixed-term employees of five years or more at the Company, we switch their employment contract to a permanent type upon request.
Temporary employees are working at the respective business sites and domestic Group companies of Shiseido according to the Worker Dispatch Law.
With regard to the employment of temporary employees at Shiseido Group, we are implementing various measures such as concluding agreements with employment agencies, development and management of registers, and appointment of personnel in charge of management, all of which is based on the Worker Dispatch Law policy related to measures that should be established regarding employment agencies and other relevant laws and regulations.
Shiseido will continuously and appropriately respond to amendments in or reinterpretations of respective laws and regulations.