- Social Initiatives
- Promoting Supply Chain CSR
- Quality / Customer Satisfaction
- Communication with Shareholders and Investors
- For Local Communities
- Efforts Related to Human Rights
- Human Resource Development / Personnel System
- Diversity Management
- Activities to Support Work-Life Balance
- Promoting Occupational Safety and Health
Developing Diversity Management
|Fiscal 2021 Objectives||Fiscal 2021 Achievements||Self-Evaluation||Priority Objectives for Fiscal 2022|
Sharp's business philosophy, established in 1973, embraces the concept of diversity by stating that “It is the intention of our corporation to grow hand-in-hand with our employees, encouraging and aiding them to reach their full potential and improve their standard of living.” We aim to produce new value based on mutual respect among employees and to develop and propose products and services that can contribute to better lives, creating the next future with customers.
Diversity management is a human resources strategy for utilizing a diverse range of employees, but we regard it as a business strategy at the same time. Also, the Sharp Code of Conduct states that, “In any corporate activities, including employment practices such as hiring, payment, promotion, opportunities for training and the like, we do not take any action that constitutes discrimination based on nationality, race, ethnic group, color, sex, physical health, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, marital status, religion, creed, social status, birth, property, bodily feature, physical or mental disability, political opinion, and the like,” and that, “We will actively take part in efforts to enhance the work environment where employees with diverse characteristics can fully demonstrate their abilities.” This is what Sharp is actively working towards, giving individual consideration based on need.
Promoting Activities of Female Employees
Sharp formulated an action plan based on Japan's Act on Promotion of Women's Participation and Advancement in the Workplace, which came into effect in April 2016. In line with this action plan, Sharp is working to raise the percentage of women in all job categories and increase the number of women in managerial positions. This will enable it to achieve further diversity in its workforce and contribute to society through better products and services. To this end, Sharp has set the following goals and is actively pursuing further engagement of its female employees.
||By the end of fiscal 2024|
Promoting Female Employees to Managers
For years, Sharp has striven to expand the roles of women in the workplace and promote female employees to managers. As of the end of fiscal 2021, the percentage of managers who were female was 4.6%, an almost eight-fold increase compared to 0.6% in the year Sharp launched a program to promote more women to managerial positions.
Number of Female Managers at Sharp Corporation
Supporting Employees Returning from Maternity or Childcare Leave
Sharp has held reinstatement support seminars every year since fiscal 2014. These seminars involve an explanation of the company’s current circumstances and the various support systems related to childbirth and nursing. As well, employees who have returned to work after taking childcare leave share their experiences and provide advice on how to balance work and child rearing. Attendees are also given the opportunity to build networks with other working mothers. These seminars help to resolve anxiety during time off from work and foster a positive mindset about returning to work.
Starting in fiscal 2020, the classroom-style seminar was changed to an online seminar to make it easier for participants to join from home while looking after children. This change was the result of feedback expressed during reinstatement support-related interviews with employees. Additionally, in order to help build a stronger support system, which encompasses both the returning employee’s family and workplace, the seminar video was also distributed to their spouses and supervisors. Sharp will continue to listen to employees and incorporate their feedback as it works to become an even better and more attractive place to work.
Sharp also has two systems in place to support employees who are eager to advance their careers after returning to work after childbirth. One is for giving one-off payments to employees making an early return from childcare leave and the other is for subsidizing the fees for non-registered daycare facilities for employees with children at age two or younger, who fall outside the scope of the government program for free early childhood education and care.
Sharp Corporation Personnel Composition, by Gender
|Directors, audit and supervisory committee members||7||0||7|
| General staff
|Average years of service||23.1||20.4||22.7|
|New graduate hires (graduates of universities and technical colleges, April 1, 2022)||183||30||213|
Ratio of Men and Women at Major Overseas Subsidiaries
|Base||Directors, managers||Non-supervisory employees (permanent employees)||Total|
|SEC (US)||Sales, production||82.0%||18.0%||69.9%||30.1%||71.0%||29.0%|
|SEE (UK)||Sales, production||76.6%||23.4%||74.4%||25.6%||74.8%||25.2%|
|SEID (Indonesia)||Sales, production||83.0%||17.0%||70.3%||29.7%||71.0%||29.0%|
Expanding Opportunities for Non-Japanese Employees in Japan
With the globalization of business, Sharp is working globally to secure and systematically train human resources who can meet the needs of each workplace. In recent years, Sharp has promoted greater employment of international students and people of other nationalities residing in Japan. As of April 2022, we have approximately 100 non-Japanese employees from 11 countries working in various departments and job categories. To avoid illegally employing undocumented workers, Sharp checks the residence status of all foreign nationals before hiring them. This follows the advice of the Immigration Services Agency of Japan’s Ministry of Justice. (Sharp uses an Agency website to validate residence card numbers.)
Reemployment of Retirees
In 2001, Sharp introduced a professional employee system that reemploys employees who have reached the mandatory retirement age of 60. This stems from the company’s stance on promoting the utilization of senior employees who have a strong work ethic. It also takes into consideration employees who wish to give back and contribute to society through the skills and knowledge they have accumulated over many years.
At present, employees who have reached the mandatory retirement age of 60 (and who wish to continue working until the age of 65) are redeployed with the company. In response to the Act on Stabilization of Employment of Elderly Persons—which came into effect in April 2021—Sharp is considering offering guaranteed employment up to the age of 70.
Promoting Employment of the Disabled
Ever since Sharp founder Tokuji Hayakawa established the “accumulation of community service” as one of the “Five Accumulations of Competency*,” Sharp has been actively involved in social service and welfare. The entire Sharp Group makes efforts to promote the employment of the disabled and to create a better work environment for these employees.
Specifically, Sharp launched a recruitment website addressing the employment of disabled people. This website contains information on initiatives to hire such individuals to work in the Sharp Group. Sharp is also striving to make the working environment more accessible for disabled employees. For example, during training sessions attended by hearing-impaired participants, there are support measures such as voice recognition software and PC note-taking (a method for conveying audio information by entering it into the keyboard of a PC) so that voice communication is converted into text for participants to read and understand.
- * Accumulation of trust, accumulation of capital, accumulation of community service, accumulation of human resources, and accumulation of trading partners
Employment Rate of the Disabled in Japan
As of June 1, 2022, the Sharp Group employed approximately 310 disabled persons. The percentage of disabled employees among all employees was 2.45%, above the 2.3% rate mandated by law (as stated in the Act on Employment Promotion etc., of Persons with Disabilities).
Employment Rate of the Disabled in Japan
- Data as of June 1 each year for Sharp Corporation, a Sharp special subsidiary, and group companies.
Online Recruitment Interviews
Sharp started to use online interviews for recruitment in the first half of fiscal 2019. With fewer time and location constraints, this new form of recruitment has allowed us to interview applicants flexibly, regardless of the place they live or work, the level of disability, and other factors. We are creating and increasing opportunities to approach a diverse range of talents by leveraging the benefits of online interviews.
For fiscal 2021 as well, all of Sharp's recruitment interviews were done online to protect the safety and health of both applicants and interviewers under the Covid-19 pandemic.