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Development of Diverse Workplace Environment

Promotion of diversity

The POLA ORBIS Group respects employees' diverse values and promotes the development of a workplace environment in which each employee can maximize his/her potential. With the aim of making greater use of female human resources, we work to expand initiatives for the realization of a work-life balance and for the support of women's career paths.

Active support for female employees' career advancement

Selected as a winner in the FY2014 Diversity Management Selection 100 (POLA)

Selected as a winner in the FY2014 Diversity Management Selection 100 (POLA)

Since its founding, the POLA ORBIS Group has, through its cosmetics business, been supporting the advance of women in society in response to changing times. Under this corporate culture, nurtured over the years as a company supporting women's progress, we have been providing extensive opportunities to female employees with strong motivation and excellent abilities, have assigned them to management positions and are promoting improvements in the workplace environment where each member, regardless of gender, can fully demonstrate his/her ability.
As a result of these initiatives, female employees have successfully developed their careers. In 2017, the percentage of women in management positions was 42.3% for the entire Group, including overseas operations, and that for domestic Group companies was 22.9%. Aided by a workplace environment in which female views are valued, they exercise their full potential in various ways, such as product development from customers' perspectives and improved services.
Moreover, POLA was selected as a winner of the FY2014 Diversity Management Selection 100* based on the key points that the company encourages female employees to adopt a variety of work styles according to the changes in their lifestyles, thereby improving its corporate value. In 2016, the company established Diversity Promotion Team with the aim to create a working environment that allows each employee at POLA to draw his/her future goals and work positively and vigorously.

*The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry launched the Diversity Management Selection 100 Project in FY2012 to commend enterprises selected as having achieved improved corporate value through excellent diversity management.
ORBIS Inc. pioneered the change in employment status of Beauty Directors to regular employees. The company also developed a system to allow women to work comfortably after childbirth. The percentage of women in management positions in the company is 40%.

Change in the percentage of women in management positions in the POLA ORBIS Group in Japan

Acquired the "Kurumin" accreditation mark in recognition of our continuous initiatives for child care support

Acquired the Kurumin accreditation mark in recognition of our continuous initiatives for child care support

"Kurumin"

As part of measures for supporting women in their career development to match their life stages, the POLA ORBIS Group works to actively assist them to balance work and childcare. We are developing work systems that allow employees to choose diversified and flexible work styles, including the extension of childcare leave, shortened working hour programs that employees can choose depending on their childcare situations, and working only within viable hours for the purpose of childcare (until the child ends third grade in elementary school). In addition, POLA works to assist in the smooth reinstatement of employees after childcare leave by giving explanations to those in managerial positions about the systems that allow employees to balance work and childcare and by implementing pre-reinstatement interviews with supervisors, training on career planning for those returning to work from childcare leave and other initiatives for developing career paths while raising children. This led to a high 98.5% of employees who took childcare leave returning to work (in 2017).
As a result of these initiatives, POLA acquired the "Kurumin" accreditation mark from the Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry of Japan for two consecutive fiscal years from 2010. This was followed by the acquisition of the mark by POLA CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES, ORBIS and POLA ORBIS HOLDINGS.

Providing a safe workplace where employees with disabilities can work with peace of mind

The POLA ORBIS Group works to provide a safe workplace where employees with disabilities can work with peace of mind.
POLA CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES INC. has been focusing on improving its facilities. In 2013, company vehicles used at its Fukuroi Plant were changed to those that allow wheelchair passengers. In 2014, slopes were built at four entrance doors to the lobby of its Fukuroi Plant.
In addition, POLA and ORBIS Inc. work to increase work opportunities by developing a working environment in which each employee can maximize his/her potential through measures such as the establishment of satellite offices in suburban areas with the aim of reducing employees' commuting and improving facilities, including barrier-free offices and professional equipment with universal design.
The employment rates of workers with disabilities at POLA ORBIS HOLDINGS INC. and POLA CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES INC. reached 2.2% or above (as of January 2018), and the POLA ORBIS Group will continue its group-wide efforts to develop workplaces in which employees can demonstrate their abilities.

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