Human Rights and Lively Working Environment

Initiatives for
Respect of
Human Rights
and Creation of a
Lively Working

In accordance with the Sumitomo Spirit and the Sumitomo Electric Group Corporate Principles, which declare respect for human resources, Sumitomo Electric outlines its respect for human rights and establishment of safe and sound workplaces in the Sumitomo Electric Group Charter of Corporate Behavior. In keeping with the Charter, the Company strives to develop a lively working environment where diverse employees can demonstrate their capabilities.    

*Please see the following page for the Sumitomo Spirit, the Sumitomo Electric Group Corporate Principles, and the Sumitomo Electric Group Charter of Corporate Behavior. Corporate Philosophy

The Sumitomo Electric Group Charter of

9. Safe, Sound Workplace and Employees' Growth and Development We respect the rights of all individuals and will endeavor to make our workplaces safe, sound and energetic. We will strive to respect the personalities and individuality of employees and support their professional development and careers to enable self-realization.

The Sumitomo Electric Group
Policy on Human Rights / Human Rights Initiatives

The Sumitomo Electric Group values a high standard of corporate ethics and strives to conduct fair and honest business activities in accordance with the Sumitomo Spirit and the Sumitomo Electric Group Corporate Principles. As our Group continues to develop with a globalizing society, respect for human rights will remain a prerequisite for conducting all of our business activities.
With the principles of the Sumitomo Spirit taking firm root, the Sumitomo Electric Group has been promoting initiatives to ensure respect for human rights. The Sumitomo Electric Group Code of Conduct sets a standard that guarantees respect for human rights and prohibits any form of discrimination or harassment. In March 2019, the Sumitomo Electric Group Policy on Human Rights was established to respond to the various needs of our stakeholders and to show our commitment to respecting human rights that abide by international standards.
To ensure that our initiatives are promoted in line with this policy, we will implement training programs to educate employees about human rights and conduct fact-finding investigations regularly at all of our stakeholders, including domestic and overseas affiliates, while setting specific operational guidelines as necessary.

Informal meeting to createa lively working environment
Informal meeting to createa lively working environment

System for Listening to Employee Opinion

Implementation of Questionnaire Surveys of Employees
With the aim of creating a lively working environment, Sumitomo Electric started conducting an annual survey in 2006 with about 20,000 employees (including those of Group companies). We monitor annual changes in employee liveliness, activity levels of organizations and effects of personnel-related measures, and use the results for future planning.
The survey results are published in in-house magazines and fed back to the person responsible for each organization. The responsible persons specifically identify possible problems and continuously promote organization-based measures to solve them.

Town Meeting and Informal Meeting to Create a Lively Working Environment
Town meetings are held with the attendance of executives including the President, administrative members and manufacturing site managers. They involve vigorous exchange of opinions on the direction the company should take and problems to be solved, such as how managers should train subordinates and younger employees and how the workplaces should be operated. We also hold informal meetings to create a lively working environment, at which the HR & Administration Department holds dialogues with younger staffs and listens to their voices directly, on personnel issues including the current situation of each workplace regarding work style reforms, the personnel evaluation system and career building. We use these meetings to improve personnel-related measures, deepen young employees' understanding of the personnel system, and enhance motivation.

Between Labor
and Management

Sumitomo Electric believes that the development of a company goes hand-in-hand with the well-being of its workers' union members. On the basis of this belief, Sumitomo Electric strives to address various relevant issues by thorough discussion between labor and management, each party appreciating the other's standpoint.
The Central Management Council Meeting, which is held four times a year, has been organized in its history of more than 70 years.
Representatives of labor and management meet for opinion exchange concerning business environments and managing conditions in this meeting. We have also set up expert committees of various kinds, such as the Working Hour Reduction Expert Committee and the Health and Welfare Expert Committee.
To facilitate adaptation to diverse work styles and create an environment where all employees can work lively with smiles, we are improving various working systems and reinforcing monitoring functions.