Fostering Human Resources Who Can Think and Act on Their Own to Solve Issues
Educational Plans and SystemEnhancing Educational Content to Transition from Environmental Education to ESG Education While Following the Policies of Our Long-term Vision
Sekisui Chemical Group has created an education system to enable it to achieve the “ideal model of environmental human resources” in respect to employees, as drawn up as a means of achieving the group’s Vision. We conducted environmental education based on this system from 2014 to fiscal 2019.
From fiscal 2020, ESG education will be at the foundation of our human resources, as all employees should think proactively about what they can do to contribute to solutions to environmental and social issues, and then take action. This is how business activities will work to achieve the Group’s vision.
Promoting EducationConcept for Promoting ESG Education over the Long Term
Our environmental education program, concluded in fiscal 2019, put a strong emphasis on the process for instilling “interest, excitement, and gratitude.” With the goal of raising awareness of environmental issues (creating “interest”), driving action (generating “excitement”), and producing results (fostering “gratitude”), we conducted a variety of educational activities suited to each situation, with a focus on the most effective teaching methods and targets for each job and area of responsibility.
ESG education, commencing from fiscal 2020, is based on the wide dissemination of elements that pertain to governance, while also being positioned as input that works to achieve “awareness, understanding, action and producing outcomes for each issue.”
Medium-term PlanPhilosophy for Environmental Education in the Environmental Medium-term Plan (2017-2019), and Stance on ESG Education from Fiscal 2020
1）A program to assist the transformation to “hands-on” action
In the Environmental Medium-term Plan (2017-2019), the Group created tools to allow it to monitor individual-level levels of knowledge and degrees of participation so that studies of individual employees could serve as indicators, and created mechanisms that allowed employees to engage in activities “hands-on.”
The period from fiscal 2020 is envisioned to be consist of staged development, firstly to recognize respective social and environmental issues, then ultimately leading to the generation of outcomes will be participation in planning, obtaining awareness and understanding, consideration and taking action, while putting in place the input that will go into realizing “awareness, understanding, action and producing outcomes for each social issue.” Through these stages, we will nurture the human resources that generate results and contribute to social and environmental solutions through our business and corporate activities.
2）The ongoing implementation of effective programs
While undertaking a detailed review, Sekisui Chemical Group continued to implement the programs that proved effective among the various education programs instituted as part of the Environmental Medium-term Plan up to fiscal 2016 under the Environmental Medium-term Plan (2017-2019).
From fiscal 2020, we will utilize the results of human resource indices and other data to determine the degree of progress toward personnel development with regard to each social and environmental issue. We will systematically apply these results to educational programs, thus implementing effective ESG personnel training.
Human Resource Environmental Awareness IndicatorAscertaining the Level of Environmental Awareness in Human Resources by Indicator
From fiscal 2017 to 2019, using a human resource environmental awareness indicator we created, we worked to ascertain individual progress on the status of employees’ knowledge and behavior concerning the environment, and encouraged individuals to engage in self-study. By utilizing an online “Human Resource Environmental Awareness Check” we were able to visualize the details of an individual’s behavior and any changes in awareness.
The Human Resource Environmental Awareness Check focuses on items which Sekisui Chemical Group expects its employees to know about and take action on, including natural capital, SDGs, and environmental policies, and asks the employees in survey form if they know the meaning and purpose of the key terms, and what specific actions the employees may have taken to contribute to solutions to environmental problems. The results were then scored, and feedback was given in regard to each employee’s current level and areas for potential improvement.
In addition, having the employees periodically take the “Human Resource Environmental Awareness Check” allowed us to measure the strength of an employee’s environmental activity promotional efforts, and through this, his or her knowledge and willingness to act.
In 2017, the first year in the Environmental Medium-term Plan, we used this benchmark for the human resource environmental awareness indicator, and the Group targeted a 20-point improvement from that benchmark level by fiscal 2019.
The domestic benchmark is 39 points, and the fiscal 2019 score was 43. While this latter figure represents a four-point improvement, it was still below our target. However, with regard to SDGs which had their lowest scores when the benchmarks had been recorded, thanks to having focused on conducting multiple educational initiatives we were able to confirm our greatest growth over a three-year period.
Continuing on from fiscal 2018, we believe that among the reasons we did not achieve our target are that a system for undertaking self-study was not yet in place and that the educational opportunities offered were rather limited. Another point was that not all employees were able to attend educational programs. In aiming to expand attendance, we will work on further horizontal development.
We utilize the human resource environmental awareness indicator overseas as well, and in fiscal 2019, we identified the benchmark in China (60 points). Subsequently, employees utilized environmental education materials for self-study, and then again conducted the “Human Resource Environmental Awareness Check.” Due to the impact of the new pneumonia virus, and despite extending the implementation period while taking longer to compile the results, we plan to provide each business site with feedback on growth from the benchmark, as well as strengths and weaknesses.
In fiscal 2020, we are set to create the indices that will measure the necessary knowledge and behavioral capabilities in order to develop the ESG personnel ideally suited to find solutions to the issues that are considered important for ESG management (such as strengthening governance and the environment) and plan to periodically ascertain the ESG capabilities of our employees.
Details of environment education implemented under the Medium-term Plan (2017-2019)
|Program name||Category of education||Categories covered|
|Japan||Overseas||Job responsibilities,types, etc.|
|1||Booklet for Publicizing environmental vision and initiatives||①②③||△||All employees (China)|
|2||Environment e-learning 1||②③⑤||✔||Management|
|3||Environment e-learning 2||②③||✔||All employees|
|4||CSR Training 1||①②||✔||New company employees|
|5||CSR Training 2||②③||✔||Newly appointed people in management positions|
|6||Pamphlets on Environment-contributing Products||①②③||✔||△||All employees|
|7||EMS Content Distribution (DVD)||①④⑤||△||All employees (China)|
|8||Workshop Meeting||④⑤||✔||People in charge of environmental affairs|
|9||Training for Fostering Internal Environmental Auditors||④⑤||✔||Domestic production sites, research facilities|
|①⑤||✔||△||All employees (Japan, China)|
△…Conducted in a limited area
1）Environmental e-learning for management
From fiscal 2013, we have regularly conveyed to management the environmental topics thought to be necessary to supporting corporate operations. In fiscal 2019, we implemented an environmental e-learning program focusing on smart cities around the world and circular economies with the goal of solving environmental problems. We maintained an ongoing attendance rate of 90 percent. These efforts are an opportunity to share reference information that will help management to think about sustainable management.
Beyond fiscal 2020, we plan to create opportunities for learning about business chances that arise from not only environmental topics, but also pertaining to human rights, safety, and other socially relevant issues.
Environmental e-learning for management (Educational material example)
Learning about SDGs through Next-generation Training
Up until now environmental training was geared toward employees, and covered SDGs, the sustainable development goals espoused by the United Nations. However, in consideration that education should also take into account the next generation as we pursue the realization of a sustainable society, we are also focusing educational efforts on the up-and-coming generation, going beyond the framework of employee training to also cover elementary and junior high school students.
From fiscal 2018, we collaborated with a textbook maker to establish a website where students, from elementary school to junior high school, could learn about SDGs, and distributed materials electronically. With this, card-type educational materials that considered the links between various products and SDGs gave children the chance to think about SDGs in terms of manufacturing, and a site for learning about the Company’s urban development efforts and factory home building. It offers contents for learning about sustainable communities and housing.
In fiscal 2019, these kinds of educational materials were used in a workshop for children, which provided an opportunity to enjoy learning, in a game format, about the products and technologies necessary for sustainable communities.
From fiscal 2020, we will even further deepen connections with NPOs and other entities, and plan to provide the support that will enable the next generation of children to think about “What can we on our own do for a sustainable society?”
Relevant areas and initiatives for environmental education
Top page of the SDGs educational site,
“Virtual Learning for Urban Development” provides 360-degree views of community development
Workshop in which to search for items (products) that can contribute to “sustainable communities” with little waste and that stand up well to disasters