- Human Rights Promotion and Human Resources Development
- Promoting Diversity
CSR Activity Report (CSR Guideline Activity Reports) - Human Rights Promotion and Human Resources Development
Toray Group is committed to promoting employee diversity to help build thriving workplaces where each individual's abilities can flourish.
Fostering an Organizational Culture Conducive to the Career Advancement of Women
Toray Industries, Inc. has long encouraged women in the workplace and implemented policies to support women to build fulfilling careers. The Company promoted its first female manager in 1958 and introduced employee provisions for taking parenting leave nearly 20 years before parenting leave became mandatory in Japan. In 2003, a woman became president of a Toray Group company. Then, in 2004, the Company launched the Advancement of Women Project. As of April 2022, women held 10.0% of unit manager or higher positions and 6.0% of section manager or higher positions. In June 2015, the Company welcomed its first female director (riji), a position that is equivalent in scope and level of responsibility to senior management. (One female director [riji] as of March 2021.)
In March 2021, Toray Industries formulated and publicly released its five-year action plan (April 2021–March 2026) for increasing the retention rate of women employees and the ratio of women employees in management positions by promoting initiatives for individual skill development and career building.
The new action plan sets out the following goals and initiatives.
- Increase the percentage of management positions held by women each year, with a specific initial target of raising this percentage from the 5.1% in fiscal 2020 to 6.5%
- Achieve a 1:1 ratio of men and women employees continuously employed for each employment management category (among those who have been employed for ten years or less)
(1) Use career path worksheets to enhance opportunities for discussion with supervisors and subordinates regarding careers and other topics and share content with directors in charge of each business and Personnel Department to follow up on status of implementation.
(2) Narrow the gap between the percentage of women selected for company-wide leadership training and the percentage of women in the target group for this training.
(3) Provide continuous training and other means of raising awareness of career development among women employees.
(4) Enhance systems to enable diverse work styles and create an even better environment for balancing work and life events.
(5) Conduct morale survey (measuring effectiveness of initiatives) to ascertain status of above initiatives, analyze results, and identify measures for improvement.
Note: As of April each year
Promoting Communication Among Women in the Workplace
Toray Group supports the voluntary initiatives of women in the workplace to create venues for communication about ways to resolve the issues and difficulties that they may face when trying to balance work and family life.
The outcomes of these communication events give the Group a glimpse into the current conditions facing women at work and their own opinions. Toray Group believes that resolving these issues one at a time will foster greater participation by women at work, and will steadily continue its efforts.
Holding Career Advancement Seminars for Women Serving as Managers and Occupational Specialists, and Discussion Meetings
In fiscal 2014, women serving as general managers at Toray Group developed and initiated a career advancement seminar for women serving as managers and occupational specialists, and it has now been held six times as of fiscal 2020.
These seminars were developed and launched with the hope that they would help women learn about diverse career paths and leadership and the importance of forming personal networks and learning from one another, particularly now. Participants in past seminars have been encouraged by this chance to hear about the wide range of conditions in which women in management and occupational specialties work and to interact with diverse role models. Each of the seminars is attended by the president of Toray Industries and the Senior Vice President of the Human Resources Division who engage in dialogue with the participants.
In fiscal 2016, the second seminar was held in January, and subsequently the seminar participants organized discussion meetings for women at all of Toray Industries’ offices and plants in Japan to more broadly ascertain the views of women in non-management positions and younger workers at all plants. (In 2017, an additional discussion meeting was also held at the newly established Nasu Plant.)
The meetings offer an opportunity for women in workplaces of various ages and at various stages of life to talk honestly about balancing work and home life, sharing and educating each other about the challenges and issues they face. Men are also included in the conversations at some of these discussion meetings.
In fiscal 2017, follow-up meetings were held in 16 locations (plants), and women employees held group discussions on several themes chosen in the discussion meetings for women. In session one (information sharing), 1,039 employees participated, including 426 men, and 439 women participated in session two (group discussion). At session two (group discussion), a theme that fit the situation at each plant was chosen for discussion from among the themes compiled at the discussion meetings. Talking about a theme of interest to the participants allowed the discussion to go deeper, and issues that should be addressed at plants were identified. There have been several cases in which, based on the views obtained in the follow-up meetings, these discussions have led to improvements in the workplace environment or to facilities that enhanced working conditions for both men and women. In some cases, the discussions sparked the start of regular lunch meetings. These discussion meetings, led by women, have been held at all Toray offices and plants since fiscal 2019.
In fiscal 2021, an online discussion meeting was held for female G-Course employees in Toray Group. The facilitators were female managers and occupational specialists who are able to serve as role models. It was a valuable opportunity for many G-Course employees to share their work motivations, concerns, and issues, and to hear the opinions and stories of the facilitators and their peers from various generations and workplaces. In order to help resolve the issues identified through this discussion meeting, the plan for fiscal 2022 is to hold training not only for female managers and occupational specialists, but also for male managers and occupational specialists who have female subordinates.
Career Advancement Seminars for Women Serving as Managers and Occupational Specialists, and Discussion Meetings
First career advancement seminar for women serving as managers and occupational specialists
February 13 – 14, 2015
Build networks among participants, and share their diverse situations. Help participants to recognize what they need to do in order to further advance their careers, and foster a perspective that develops leaders who will manage organizations. In addition, discuss the direction of future seminars.
Second career advancement seminar for women serving as managers and occupational specialists
January 29 – 30, 2016
Enable participants to examine their career plans integrating career and personal life, by studying the experiences of accessible role models. Encourage each participant to draft a statement of intent about what she needs to do now and in the future to realize her career plan and help her organization achieve its medium-term goals.
Discussion meetings for women
From August through December 20161
The meetings were held at plants; women shared their opinions on work situations and the issues they face, and these were summarized.
1 With the Nasu Plant’s incorporation, a discussion meeting was also held there in September 2017.
Third career advancement seminar for women serving as managers and occupational specialists
February 28 and March 1, 2017
Problems faced at work were analyzed and recommended solutions provided, based on opinions from the discussion meetings for women and the results of a questionnaire given to all women in the workforce at Toray Industries before the meetings. This series of initiatives is intended to reinforce the problem-solving skills required for managers and occupational specialists. Participants followed up on the progress on the statements of intent they each made at the second seminar.
Follow-up discussion meetings
From December through March 2017 (22 meetings at 16 sites)
Held as a follow-up to the discussion meetings for women. Of the themes discussed at these meetings, group discussions were held on: (1) the need for female advisors in balance work and personal life; (2) the need for seminars on systems for childrearing and caregiving; (3) the ease of use of the telecommuting program; and (4) the need for women’s training for employees on the S course2 track and for raising interest in participating. Measures to improve these issues were considered and proposed in line with conditions at each plant.
2 An abbreviation for Specified Assignment Course, the S Course is the career path for employees who wish to pursue a career as a manager, supervisor or expert in a specified occupation.
- Group discussion
Fourth career advancement seminar for women serving as managers and occupational specialists
July 13– 14, 2018
Before the meeting, men in management positions and male occupational specialists were interviewed about their thoughts on the issue of promoting career advancement for employees regardless of gender. Using results of the analysis, major issues facing the career advancement of diverse employees were identified, in order to enhance their ability to arrive at and implement solutions. Using assessment tools, employees learned about their own strengths and weaknesses and become more aware of their leadership styles.
(This seminar was held for women who had been promoted to managerial and occupational specialist positions after the third seminar, as well as women who were not able to participate in the past three seminars.)
- Analysis and discussion of questionnaire results
- Comments by the Senior Vice President of the Human Resources Division
- Comments by Harumi Horinouchi, director (riji)
Fifth career advancement seminar for women serving as managers and occupational specialists
October 18– 19, 2019
Based on an analysis of the current situation given by organizers of the seminar, the participants were divided into groups to discuss three challenges for achieving the empowerment of women in Toray Group workplaces and to come up with action plans. The challenges to be tackled are: the promotion of women to managerial and specialist positions, the retention of young female employees, and the realization of long-term career development. Since the seminar, the participants continue to engage in group work. The aim is to further ascertain the current situation and dig deeper into the root causes, and to make recommendations for overcoming the challenges.
- Seminar participants
- Welcome from the Senior Vice President of the Human Resources Division
- Comments by Harumi Horinouchi, director (riji)
The Company set up a babysitting space in the training center during the career advancement seminars for women serving as managers and occupational specialists so that women who are also raising children could participate with peace of mind.
Sixth career advancement seminar for women serving as managers and occupational specialists
September 3– 4, 2020 (held online)
With regard to the three issues defined in the fifth seminar (the promotion to managerial/specialist positions, retention of young employees, and the realization of long-term career development), the participants divided into 11 groups to report and discuss the activities undertaken, the results achieved, and recommendations for future action.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the seminar was held as a virtual meeting in fiscal 2020, rather than in-person as it has been in the past.
Online Discussion Meeting for Female G-Course Employees
November and December 2021 (participants divided into groups for a total of 62 sessions)
The discussion meeting was divided into two parts. Part one consisted of the viewing of three videos: the president's message, an explanation of the purpose of the discussion meeting, and a lecture by an outside speaker. Part two provided the opportunity for participants to share their opinions with each other online. In this second part, female managers and occupational specialists (section managers) served as facilitators to create an atmosphere where participants could speak candidly without concern. The facilitators prompted discussion of and carefully listened to individual cases of female G-Course employees, their actual situations, and thoughts on work-life balance and sources of motivation. By helping to create networks among participants, including their role-model female managers and occupational specialists, workplace environments can be developed that enable female employees to pursue careers over longer terms. This includes being able to increase their motivation, access more information and reduce their anxiety about future career development, as well as finding appropriate support for career continuation while balancing childcare or family care responsibilities. The information gained at this meeting was compiled so that it can be used in discussions at the Seventh Career Advancement Seminar for Women Serving as Managers and Occupational Specialists to be held in 2022. Finally, the responses from the post-meeting questionnaire will be analyzed over time so that the results can be used to enhance future initiatives.
Sharing Stories via the Women's Empowerment Intranet
The Company gives specific examples on its corporate intranet of how employees who have given birth to and raised children, or provided caregiving for other family members, did so while still working. This intranet site was set up in January 2016, and since March 2019 it has been accessible via smartphone or tablet.
By the end of fiscal 2021, the stories of 34 employees were posted on this website under the title of “Does This Help? My Story.”
By publishing not only examples of work-life balance achievement amid major life events, but also personal experiences relating to overseas posting and other career stages, the intranet site is helping employees of every age and gender to make their professional and personal lives more fulfilling.
Employment of Persons with Disabilities
Group companies that have achieved legally mandated employment rate of persons with disabilities (%)
- ■Reporting scope
- Toray Group (Japan)
- ■Target in fiscal 2021
Result in fiscal 2021
Toray Group hires and employs persons with disabilities, from those with physical challenges to persons with intellectual and mental challenges. The Group is making workplace improvements to remove physical barriers for persons with handicaps as well as instituting safety measures. Additionally, the Group provides comprehensive training upon work placement and gathers feedback from persons with disabilities to make workplace improvements. Further, in fiscal 2021, Toray Industries met Japan’s legally mandated employment rate of persons with disabilities, as did 48.4% of Toray Group companies in Japan. Group companies actively seek to hire persons with disabilities through public organizations and job placement agencies. However, some individual group companies do not meet the mandated legal requirement. Toray Industries and group companies will continue to work together to actively focus on this issue moving forward.
Note: As of June 1 each year
Examples of Diversity Initiatives to Promote Understanding of Persons with Disabilities
Toray Films Europe S.A.S. (France) Participates in an Diversity Event to Promote Better Understanding of Persons with Disabilities
Toray Films Europe S.A.S. is working to create even better workplace environments and improve understanding and consideration of people with disabilities.
As part of this effort, 20 volunteers participated "Course de la Diversité Lyon 2021", a race held in the nearby city of Lyon. "Course de la diversité" means "race for diversity" in French, and is held to promote better understanding of diversity along with values such as social cohesion, solidarity, and equal opportunity. Under the motto of diversity, friendship and respect for individual differences, senior management members and employees came together to participate in the six-kilometer walk or run.
The event was a great opportunity for participants to improve team building, better understand disabilities, and open their minds. Employees also participated in various related activities to further deepen their understanding. These included a workshop to learn about musculoskeletal disorders, and hosting job seekers with disabilities on a full-day visit to the company. They also took part in Disabled Persons Week to learn about the problems faced by people with disabilities in the workplace.
As part of Toray Industries’ initiatives to encourage full utilization of skilled individuals over 60 years of age, in fiscal 2001 the Company introduced a re-employment system open to all of its unionized employees who wish to continue working. In fiscal 2005, the scope of the re-employment system was expanded to include managers and occupational specialists who wish to continue working.
Click here for the main initiatives for CSR Guideline 8, “Human Rights Promotion and Human Resources Development” in CSR Roadmap 2022.