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Basic Human Resources Policy and Personnel System

Basic Human Resources Policy

To provide opportunities to all associates and to support them so that they can share in the Company's successes.

Akebono believes that the most important factor that guides a company to success is human talent (our associates). Guided by that belief, we adopted a basic human resource policy that states “each associate must be given the opportunity to exert their abilities and be continuously supported to share their successes with the company.” We are striving to build our long term global personnel policy as well as to facilitate associates' ability to establish their individuality and foster mutual respect and trust.

Moreover, we are reinforcing human rights education and enlightenment to support the achievement of an organization with abundant diversity and creativity.

Human Resource Nurturing and Personnel System

We strive to ensure that our associates are assigned optimal positions and work locations based on their competencies, regardless of their nationality. To this end, our human resource recruitment, nurturing and administration systems are premised on abundant respect for human rights as well as associates' individuality, privacy rights and diverse value systems.

In particular, we are developing our associates' communication skills, flexibility in dealing with diverse cultures and their linguistic abilities. Addressing differences in training programs and personnel systems by location, we are working to enhance our Japanese associates' ability to operate in global business settings, putting emphasis on training those who have had few opportunities to engage in duties with peers from other countries with different cultures and native tongues.

Nurturing Globally Capable Human Resources

Introduction of the Akebono Standard Package

akebono Starter Book

As a part of training programs for newly recruited associates, Akebono has developed globally unified educational materials for use at all Group business locations. Akebono issues the Akebono Starter Book, a standard educational package that features the Company's corporate history since its founding, characteristics of its operations in each region and explanations of APS (Akebono Production System or Akebono Philosophy and Spirit), its corporate culture and philosophy as well as corporate brand management activities. The Starter Book is used in training. This package aims to ensure that all associates are equally informed of the basic knowledge and concepts necessary to act as Akebono businesspersons. Moreover, efforts are now under way to create additional programs that reflect local concerns. By doing so, we will develop human resource educational programs optimized for each region and location.

Global Leadership Forum (GLF)

Training seminar in fiscal 2015
JGLF held at Ai-Village

Akebono has regularly conducted a program since fiscal 2012 in which associates working overseas come to Japan and make proposals for solutions to problems affecting their local communities. We have also held the Junior Global Leadership Forum (JGLF) since fiscal 2013 as an educational opportunity for young associates, who represent the Company's future. Every year 20 young associates participate, discussing issues that arise due to cultural differences between Japan and overseas sites along with ways of solving them. They also develop plans for achieving Global 30 and make proposals for top management. Going forward, we will continue to conduct this initiative to further develop global leaders.

Overseas Training Plan for Younger Associates

The Overseas Training Plan launched in 2001 aims to help younger associates understand diverse cultures by stationing them overseas early in their careers with Akebono. To date, the plan has seen a cumulative 240 participants, all of whom have seen their day - to - day skills enhanced along with an improvement in their positioning for pursuing higher career paths.

“Ai-Village” A Center for Nurturing Globally Capable Associates

View of Ai-Village

Since its establishment in 2012, Ai-Village global training center has served as a training ground for numerous associates. Around half of the training sessions held there consist of programs spearheaded by the Human Resources Department, in addition to which there are job level-based training programs and training for selected associates organized by operating departments, such as those handling development, technology, sales and production. In addition to being used as a place for retreat-type training sessions, there were some instances where Ai-Village was used by associates trapped by inclement weather. To maximize the site's utilization, in fiscal 2014 the Company decided to expand the lineup of training programs, initiating Ai-Campus, a series of open seminars comprising around 80 courses. Among these are language training programs aimed at nurturing globally capable associates as well as lectures on basic knowledge about manufacturing and Akebono products.
Looking ahead, we will continue to strive to fully utilize this facility to nurture competitive human resources.

Main Features of the Facility

Presentation room modeled after a university auditorium

Kitchen facilities for cross-cultural exchange through cooking

Lounge areas for enhanced communication

Dedicated language laboratories and study rooms

  • Training rooms and presentation rooms
  • Accommodations comprising 56 rooms
  • Lounge areas aimed at enhancing communications
  • Green spaces to nurture visitors' environmental awareness
  • Kitchen facilities for experiencing diverse cuisines
  • Library facilities to support self-study
  • * Ai-Village also serves as an evacuation shelter should a disaster or other emergency arise. It is equipped with emergency aid supplies and is capable of converting its training rooms into accommodations for approximately 200 people.