Nikkiso's corporate philosophy is to contribute to the world using its proprietary technologies, focusing on “human life” and the “environment.” Modern day society is in a stage of transition, seeking both harmony with nature and sustainable development. Nikkiso aims to grow and develop with society and offer technologies, products and services to help realize these objectives.
To achieve these objectives, we announced the Nikkiso Environmental Declaration, composed of the philosophy and action guidelines, in 1998 and took our first step as a company to contribute to a recycling-oriented society.
The action guidelines, composed of four items, call for the development of environmentally friendly products, minimizing the amount of waste and pollutants generated in ecah process ranging from production to distribution and disposal, striving to meet and surpass our own environmental management targets, and the importance of striving to conserve the environment as a member of society by devoting considerable resources to educating employees about environmental issues.
We are committed to tackling issues customers have and providing all technologies necessary for solving them so we can remain the company they always turn to. Our mission is to steadily provide products and services that are trusted by leading players in the markets where we operate around the globe. That's why quality is vital to us. On top of that we are making group-wide efforts to improve quality, cost, and delivery (QCD).
We believe that a diversity of perspectives and values reflecting different experiences, skills, and attributes across our corporate group will enable us to achieve sustainable growth. Moving forward in light of this belief, we are working to create a better working environment that will enable employees from diverse backgrounds, regardless of their gender or nationality, to realize their full potential along their desired career path.
<Efforts to Promote the Active Participation of Woman>
We are striving to develop frameworks and systems above and beyond those required by the law so that woman can fully realize their capabilities, including the provision of a child care leave system, shorter working hours system, and flex-time system, as we believe the resignation of female employees due to child raising or childbirth results in the loss of valuable human resources. In fiscal 2017, the number of our female employees increased by 121 from the previous year, resulting in a female employee ratio of 24%.
On the other hand, while the number of woman in management positions at the end of fiscal 2017 increased by three compared to the end of the previous fiscal year, this is not yet sufficient. We also recognize as issues the low ratio of woman in career-track positions and the low hiring rate for woman compared to the ratio of male to female applicants.
For that reason, we have devised and implemented an action plan that aims to increase the ratio of woman in career-track positions to 20% or above, within three years from April 2016. We are implementing two initiatives to achieve this goal, specifically “efforts to increase the number and promote the hiring of female applicants for career-track positions” and “the expansion of duties in each business division and the formulation and implementation of individual and specific development measures, to promote the hiring of woman for career-track positions and develop their candidacy for management positions in the future.”
<Utilization and Development of Global Human Resources>
Recently, Nikkiso has expanded its business overseas and the number of overseas bases has grown accompanying this business expansion. The overseas sales ratio grew to 61% and the overseas employee ratio grew to 73% as of the end of fiscal 2017, and accordingly global human resources who serve as a bridge between business in Japan and overseas are essential. For that reason, we actively hire outstanding human resources regardless of nationality. In addition, we dispatch young employees to overseas bases as part of efforts toward human resource exchange within the Group.
Through these efforts, we aim to develop human resources who have a global perspective and are capable of proposing optimal solutions for customers around the world.
Nikkiso believes that no company is an island unto itself but rather a part of the communities where they are located. That's why we engage in community-based outreach activities and various support programs in Kanazawa, Higashimurayama, and Shizuoka where we operate Sites and Functions bases as well as at our subsidiary, LEWA, and other locations.
- Co-hosting Science Workshop at Kanazawa Techno Park
- Conservation Forests project of "Nikkiso Forest"
- Kanazawa Techno Conservation Forests and Beautification Activities
- Co-sponsoring the Kanazawa Marathon
- TFT Project
Nikkiso has been striving to enhance its corporate governance structure to ensure that the decision-making process is transparent and fair while facilitating quick and bold decision-making. As a good corporate citizen, we share sound social ethics and values that enable us to build positive relationships with our stakeholders. At the same time we go the extra mile to touch people's lives with innovative technologies that no other company has. It is this overriding philosophy that will sustain our growth and enhance our corporate value over the medium- to long-term.