As a member of the global community, the Socionext Group is striving to fulfilling our corporate social responsibilities by creating a sustainable and prosperous society through human resource development and by fostering a corporate culture that recognizes people’s individuality and their different attitudes and values, engaging with our many stakeholders (including customers, suppliers, employees, and local communities) on a basis of mutual respect.
- Human Rights
- Human Resource Development
- Health and Safety
Basic Philosophy Regarding Human Rights
In the CSR policies that constitute our group philosophy, the Socionext Group recognizes that it has an important duty to respect human rights and to maintain a good working environment.
Respect for human rights: We will respect the human rights of each and every employee and have no tolerance for discrimination or other such violations of human rights.
Maintain a good working environment: To foster the wellbeing of employees, we will create a healthy and pleasant working environment that respects individuality and treats people fairly.
At the Socionext Group, we respect the human rights of all stakeholders involved in the conduct of our business (including customers, suppliers, employees, and local communities) and will not treat people in ways that are discriminatory or violate their human rights, whether it be with regard to gender, age, nationality, ethnicity, beliefs, religion, social status, employment type, marital status, pregnancy, ancestry, sexual orientation or gender identification, physical features, health, disability, or other such attributes.
We will respect the human rights of everyone who works at the Socionext Group or in our supply chain. Along with eliminating harassment and providing a healthy and empowering workplace, we will comply with all labor laws covering matters such as working hours and minimum wage and never engage in forced labor, child labor, or slavery. We also support freedom of association, the right to collective bargaining, and the right to privacy.
●Prohibition on discriminatory treatment of employees
The Socionext Group has established clear rules prohibiting the discriminatory treatment of existing or candidate employees on the basis of factors such as nationality, beliefs, gender, or social status.
●Establishment of whistle-blowing system
The Socionext Group has established a human rights whistle-blowing system that employees can contact on matters relating to harassment, discriminatory treatment, or other violations of human rights.
The system provides for both internal reporting (to the Socionext Risk Compliance Committee Secretariat) and external reporting (to the Socionext Reporting Contact at TMI Associates). By providing these reporting channels, the system helps to prevent such violations from happening, or, if they do occur, enables them to be detected early and dealt with appropriately.
●Human rights education
The Socionext Group conducts human rights education to raise employee awareness and understanding of these issues. More extensive such education is planned for the future.
We hold human rights training, primarily for new recruits
We use e-learning to provide harassment prevention training to all staff (100% participation)
Basic Philosophy on Human Resource Development
With our leading-edge SoC solution business, the Socionext Group seeks to live up to the many expectations of our stakeholders (including customers, suppliers, employees, and local communities) by striving to achieve sustainable growth as a company that supports global innovation through the pursuit of advanced technology while also adapting to discontinuous change. To achieve this, we undertake human resource development initiatives to ensure that we can continue to foster more talented professionals who take ownership of their work and are willing to take up challenges as enthusiastic self-starters.
Main Actions on Human Resource Development
●Training for younger employees and new recruits
We encourage motivation and skills development among younger employees and new recruits and seek to create an environment in which employees are able to act on their own initiative from an early stage. In Japan, this involves an orientation program when first starting at the company followed by additional training at six months, one year, and two years, respectively. In addition to fostering core business skills in areas like communication and compliance, younger employees also go through a training program during their first two years that is based on a personalized human resource development plan and enables them to obtain practical skills and experience through on-the-job training under the supervision of experienced staff (trainers).
●Training for newly appointed senior management
When senior managers are appointed, they are provided with the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills in areas such as management, communication, and accounting that will be essential in their new role, including through discussions with board members, group training, and remote learning.
 General education
The Socionext Group provides e-learning on topics relevant to all employees, including compliance, information security, laws regarding subcontractor payments and security-related export controls, preventing harassment, and insider trading. All employees take these courses.
 Technical education
Covering the latest technologies and know-how, a range of content is made available to engineers along with courses they are able to take to boost their self-directed development and project management capabilities.
 Language education
Employees have access to a variety of training opportunities and fee subsidies to enhance their international communication skills, including online English lessons, attending language school, or sitting for TOEIC examinations.
Basic Philosophy on Diversity
The Socionext Group strives to foster a corporate culture that is welcoming of people with different personalities, attitudes, and values and in which they are able to fulfil their potential. To achieve this, we recruit and appoint staff regardless of factors such as nationality, gender, or age, and are working to create an environment in which a diverse range of people can thrive in their work.
Main Actions on Diversity
●Creating an environment in which women can thrive
Socionext has taken steps to create an environment in which women can successfully combine work and family commitments, with systems in place that allow for shorter working hours, various types of leave of absence or vacation, and subsidies for the cost of childcare. As of the end of March 2022, women accounted for 9.5% of employees and filled 2.4% of management roles. Further action is planned to help improve these numbers.
●Creating an environment in which older employees can thrive
Socionext is working to create an environment in which older employees can continue to put their experience, knowledge, and skills to good use within the company, having adopted a continued employment scheme whereby employees who want to keep working past the retirement age of 60 years can remain employed up to the age of 65. As of the end of September 2022, the company had a total of 140 such older employees.
●Action on hiring disabled employees
Socionext is hiring more disabled employees and is working to create an environment in which people with many different types of disability can thrive. To expand opportunities for disabled employees, Socionext has also set up its Healthkeeper Program run by five staff with visual impairment that provides massages to employees and the Challenge Staff Program in which six staff with mental health or intellectual disabilities take on routine in-house work.
As a result of these initiatives, the ratio of people with disabilities to all employees reached the statutory employment rate of 2.3% as of June 2022. The company intends to hire more disabled employees in the future and to provide them with steady and ongoing employment.
The Socionext Group operates group companies in a number of different countries and regions, including Asia, Europe, and North America, recruiting or appointing talented employees from these places and encouraging their participation. Likewise, approximately 50 employees in Japan are of overseas nationality, with the selection of both new recruits and mid-career hires being done without regard for nationality.
Basic Philosophy on Health and Safety
In order to maintain its ongoing growth, the Socionext Group places top priority on the health and safety of both its employees and any other people involved in the operation of its business, ensuring that all employees can work in a safe and healthy manner and are able to make the most of their skills. As well as taking steps to prevent accidents and ensure a safe working environment so as to maintain a safe workplace with zero injuries, Socionext also has a variety of measures in place for maintaining and improving employee health.
Health and Safety Promotion
Socionext has established a team dedicated to supervising health initiatives and undertakes a variety of measures in which industrial doctors and nursing staff are employed to improve and manage employee health. The company also holds monthly committee meetings on health, safety, and disaster prevention at each workplace that are attended by industrial doctors, health and safety managers, regular employees, and labor union delegates. These committee meetings report on and debate issues and activities that relate to these matters, drawing on input from industrial doctors and health and safety managers. Topics include the conducting of health and stress checks and workplace inspections, measures for preventing infectious diseases such as COVID-19 or influenza, the prevalence of long working hours, and disaster prevention or mitigation measures.
Main Actions on Health and Safety
●Prevention of workplace injury
The committees described above work to prevent injuries by reporting on monthly workplace inspections and incidents and by discussing how to prevent incidents from reoccurring. Only one (minor) workplace injury occurred in Japan during fiscal 2021.
●Health and stress checks
Medical examinations, women’s health checks, and stress checks are conducted on a routine basis to monitor employee health, including the prevention and early detection of lifestyle diseases and other illness. The target for medical examinations in particular is to achieve 100% coverage, with almost all employees receiving such checks during the 2022 fiscal year. The results of stress checks are also being used for team-level analysis, combining this with advice and consultation from industrial doctors in an effort to reduce employee stress.
●Measures to reduce smoking and prevent passive smoking
Measures for cutting the smoking rate at Socionext include providing support to quit smoking. We also abolished indoor smoking rooms during fiscal 2021 in response to an employee opinion survey in an effort to encourage employee self-restraint on smoking during working hours. This has achieved a gradual reduction in the percentage of smokers in our Japanese workforce to 13.7% in fiscal 2021 (a 5.1% improvement on fiscal 2016), with ongoing efforts planned to further reduce smoking.
●Measures to prevent COVID-19
Socionext has implemented measures to prevent COVID-19 infections that include the comprehensive adoption of infection control practices, establishing the infrastructure to allow working from home, and offering workplace vaccinations.