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Human Resource Development and Corporate Culture

In an effort to fulfill its management philosophy, the Kyowa Hakko Kirin Group acts in line with its Core Values and Code of Conduct and with high ethical standards toward its goal of becoming a corporate group trusted by society.

Amid the increasingly drastic changes surrounding our business, we believe it to be critically important to recruit and foster people capable of exercising leadership and autonomously taking on the challenge of reform. It is also imperative to harness the unique capabilities of employees with diverse backgrounds and offer them opportunities to co-create new value.

Considering its employees as the source of innovation, the Group is striving to unleash the full potential of each and every employee to develop individuals and organizations that will tirelessly tackle reform and create new value.

Against this backdrop, we established the “Kyowa Hakko Kirin Group Talent Management Policy” in order to clearly define the relationship between the Group’s employees and the companies they work for, delineate our Group-wide uniform approach to employees’ competence development, and strengthen the development of individuals and organizations that will tirelessly tackle reforms and create new value.

Overview of Human Resource Development System

There are a wide range of human resource development programs in Kyowa Hakko Kirin, including those that provide growth opportunities through job experiences and those tailored to ranks and objectives. The programs are intended to raise productivity and develop employees that will serve as the source of an innovation-oriented corporate culture, aiding the company to leap forward to become a global specialty pharmaceutical company (GSP).

FY2018 Results of training conducted by Human Resources Department
Program Title People Trained Total Time
Trained (hours)
Training by rank Training by rank 303 12,132
Management training 291 8,928
Developing female staff Kirin Group training 5 200
Leadership training 13 514
KHK School Program Strategic training 27 2,079
Global training 14 972
Self-development Self-development support 675 -

Smart Work Promotion Plan

The Kyowa Hakko Kirin Group is endeavoring to implement a work-style reform under its “Smart Work Promotion Plan,” which aims to develop a corporate culture that values productivity and enhance employees’ satisfaction with their work style. By executing the plan, we are trying to raise employees’ awareness of the importance of working efficiently and properly managing their working hours, and to urge each employee to take one small step forward in reforming their work style at their respective workplaces, however busy they are.

Employee Awareness Survey

The Kyowa Hakko Kirin Group conducts a uniform Group-wide employee awareness survey at Kyowa Hakko Kirin and its subsidiaries within and outside Japan. By identifying our organization’s strengths and areas that need improvement and implementing initiatives to solve issues clarified through the survey, we are striving to bring out the maximum potential in each and every employee, to encourage people to make transformations and continue creating new values, and to build organizations conducive to such a corporate culture.

Dialogue with Employees

Striving to maintain a comfortable work environment where individuals are respected for who they are and to foster a corporate culture conducive to such environment, Kyowa Hakko Kirin repeatedly engages in constructive discussions with the labor union in a spirit of partnership and mutual respect. Labor-management discussions are also held at each domestic Group company in an effort to establish and maintain a sound relationship between the two sides.

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