Promoing diversity & inclusion and Health management
Diversity & Inclusion
Through our efforts in promotion of diversity and inclusion, we are committed to creating a company where diverse employees are empowered, and feel proud and fulfilled.
From the perspective of creating a company where diverse employees are productive, perform at their best, be empowered, and feel proud and fulfilled, we are reinforcing our diversity & inclusion efforts with a focus on the following five areas, as one of important management issues.
- Promote female employee’s participation and career advancement
- Realize work life balance so as to enable employees with various backgrounds and circumstances to perform at their best
- Develop health management in order for employees to perform at their best until the retirement age of 65
- Prevent harassment
- Promote empowerment of the elderly and the disabled
The Diversity & Inclusion Department has been established as a dedicated unit to promote these efforts.
Status of employees (non-consolidated basis)
|Number of employees (March 31, 2022)||25,810||2,898||28,708|
|Number of new hires (April 2022)||487||73||560|
|Average years of service (March 31, 2022)||17.0||12.0||16.5|
|Average age (March 31, 2022)||39.0||33.9||38.5|
|Turnover rate (FY2021)1||2.7%||4.6%||2.9%|
1 The rate of voluntary retirees to all employees
Promotion of women’s participation and career advancement
What we have done so far
We have endeavored to establish a comfortable working environment for female employees. Specific programs include: 1) a childcare leave benefit which is more generous than legally required; 2) a program for employees who rejoin the company after having left it because of childcare or nursing care and other reasons; 3) a leave option to assist overseas relocation of a spouse; and 4) a temporary exemption program for employees who have difficulty in relocation because of childcare or nursing care and other reasons. We have also been opening 24-hour childcare centers in steelworks and provide maternity work clothes for use by steelwork employees who are in the childbirth/childcare phase, in order to help them continue their shift work with confidence. We are also working to improve the workplace infrastructure such as showers, toilets, and dressing rooms at manufacturing sites, and to improve the work content.
In-house childcare center (East Nippon Works Kashima Area)
|Number of in-house childcare centers
|Number of users of in-house childcare centers
Toward further promoting women’s participation in the workplace
Based on the various programs and work environments that we have established, we have developed the following action plan to support female employees to continue to demonstrate their abilities through career development, and to promote their empowerment in all workplaces and levels, including enhancement of promotion to managerial positions.
Plan of action as a general employer, based on the Act on the Promotion of Female Participation and Career Advancement in the Workplace in Japan
In order to develop an employment environment where female employees can perform at their best, an action plan is formulated as follows:
- Plan period: 5 years (April 1, 2021–March 31, 2026)
- Goals, details of efforts, and implementation schedule
- Hire more women.
- Confirm the individual circumstances and intentions of female employees, and consider placement and development measures based on their circumstances in order to enable them to continue to work and actively perform.
- Invest in the working environment so as to expand the placement of women, mainly at steelworks (improvement in work infrastructure, work content, etc.)
- Consider and implement work support measures for employees in the childcare status period, such as measures for childcare centers that offer night-time service.
- In light of the enhancement of the programs related to childbirth and childcare, prepare a brochure to introduce the relevant programs, distribute it to employees, and revise related programs as needed.
- Provide career education that will contribute to the further promotion of female employees’ performance.
- Provide education on diversity to executives who supervise female employees.
- Prepare a pamphlet on the vacation and leave program, distribute it to employees, and develop educational activities.
- Encourage taking paid leave days by setting with the labor union some specific days recommended for paid leaves and by conducting a campaign to do so in the summer.
- Managers to take the initiative in taking off on paid leave days.
- Managers to support each employee to take paid leaves as scheduled.
|Number of female employees in management positions
|Utilization rate of paid leave days
*These results were affected by the temporary closures implemented in response to the production cutbacks caused by the significant decline in steel demand.
Improved hiring and retention
The ratio of women in overall hiring is 15%, and we will continue to expand their hiring. We are encouraging remote working to facilitate a shift to a flexible workstyle and to reduce long work hours so that those with a constraint on the workplace or work time due to childcare or other conditions can continue to work. In addition, career assessments for female employees have been conducted to facilitate flexible placement and development based on the understanding of individual circumstances and to improve retention rates.
At the same time, we will continue to make changes to enhance the working environment, including improvement of the environment for expanding work placement for women especially in steel mills, and the operation of childcare centers that can also be used during the night time.
|The ratio of women in overall hiring
(Average ratio for FY2020–FY2022)
|Office staff and engineers 25%
Operators and maintenance personnel 10%
Overall hiring 15%
Support for employees’ career development and work-life balance
We facilitate the development of female employees by providing them with opportunities for growth through proactive efforts in anticipation of their various life events, and by actively promoting their advancement to managerial positions. As a development policy for the appointment of employees to managerial positions, we have established new respective career training programs for young and middle-class employees since fiscal 2022. We encourage employees to interact, and not to shy away from challenges arising from their work experience and life events; we also make them acquire mindset skills for better mutual understanding with the company and self-realization.
We will create a workplace culture where work and home life are comfortably balanced by making various programs well known to employees, through improvement and dissemination of brochures which explain the programs. We also provide to managers training concerning unconscious bias and diversity management.
With the aim of encouraging male employees with young children to actively participate in childcare, since the second half of fiscal 2021 we have been encouraging them to take childcare and related leave.
Utilization of childcare support program (FY2021)
|Number of childcare leave users
and acquisition rate
|Return ratio of female employees
after childcare leave
|Number of users of the short-work hour program for childcare||111|
*Percentage of male employees taking childcare leave
（The second half：42.3%）
Realizing the work life balance as a means to enable people with diverse situations perform well in the workplace
Restraint on long-work hours
As a precondition for an environment in which diverse human resources can perform at their best, we are committed to reducing long work hours based on appropriate work time management. Prior to the revision of the Labor Standards Act, starting in fiscal 2018, we set up work time capping rules for all employees, including managers, to promote improved work management and work practices that lead to more efficient, higher-value-added output. In addition, we had set a goal of less than 2,000 hours on average for the total annual actual working hours, and have achieved it in fiscal 2021.
We will continue to pursue workstyles that achieve maximum results within a limited amount of time, while incorporating the effects of business reform and DX measures.
Enabling flexible ways of working
All human resources with their diverse attributes and circumstances, such as age, gender, and restrictions on work time and workplace due to childcare and nursing care, ideally should make the most of their finite time available and perform at their best. From this viewpoint, we are expanding our work system to move away from traditionally-set ways of working and pursue more flexible and diverse ways of working in accordance with the nature of work at any given time and fluctuation in workload flow of operations needed at that time, and the circumstances of each individual. Specifically, we are actively utilizing the telework system and expandingworkplaces that use the “coreless flexible system,” which eliminated the core time — an essential time period to be in the office. Based on these systems, we aim to achieve improved productivity and employees’ work-life balance, while pursuing ways in which individuals can perform at their best.
Realization of a flexible way to take time off from work
We have been establishing the environment for our employees so that it facilitates a flexibility in the ways to take time off from work, tailored to the circumstances of individual employees and their life stage.
Annual paid holidays can be taken on a half-day basis to meet employees’ needs. The head office, for example, sets every Friday in August as an “Eco-paid leave day,” and recommends making it easier for employees there not needing to attend meetings and other events on those days to take off.
Concerning childcare leave, in addition to providing a longer period than the statutory limit, the expired annual leave days accrued by each individual can be recovered to paid off-days for parental leave. Currently, we are focusing on clarifying the corporate policies, fostering a workplace culture that encourages employees’ use of the system, and promoting the use of parental leave and childcare-related leave benefits by all male employees who are entitled to childcare leave so that they can get actively involved in childcare.
Performance of ways of working and taking time off (FY2021)
|Average overtime hours
per worker per month
paid leave days
|Average paid leaves taken||15.6days|
|Childcare leave users
and utilization rates
|267 men (25.6%)1
119 women (100%)
|Nursing care leave users
(including continued users)
|Users of the short-work hour
system for nursing care
1 Results for the 2H of FY2021: 42.3%
Matched to the ongoing aging of Japanese society, programs for nursing care leave and time off for nursing care have been established to help employees continue working while attending to nursing care. The expired leave days that have been accrued can be used for nursing care purposes, as part of our efforts to provide an environment in which employees can work with peace of mind while providing care.
The expired annual leave days can also be utilized for childcare and nursing care as well as sick leave, care of elementary school children, volunteer work, and infertility treatment. From this year, it can also be utilized for prenatal checkups and recurrent education. For the latter, we have established a leave system for obtaining a degree at a university or another educational institution.
To promote the use of these programs, we distributed a brochure that summarizes each type of work and vacation program applicable for each life stage. We try to make the programs better known through various training programs.
In order to support the various life stages of employees and enable them to achieve a good work-life balance, we are also focusing on welfare measures. We support employees’ personal life with various programs: provision of housing, including dormitories and company housing, and a cafeteria plan (work-life support program).
Health management aimed for employees to work at their best up to the age of 65
We aim at ensuring that all employee work at their best from the time of joining the company to retirement, which has been extended to the age of 65. To accomplish this, we assist them to maintain and enhance both mental and physical health. We conduct health promotion measures focusing on disease prevention as well as early detection and treatment. We are committed to providing advanced health checkups including cancer or mental disorder screening and encouraging employees to get regular checkups, and provide consultation or counseling about lifestyle or stress coping by health care professionals, as needed. Employees are expected to also be committed to implementing measures for their own health maintenance, such as getting various checkups and improve their daily lifestyle. We believe that such efforts by both the Nippon Steel Group and its employees become a source of motivation for work. They are encouraged to balance their work and health and they try not to get sick and, in case they get sick, they continue working while undergoing treatment.
Nippon Steel Corporation Group Code of Conduct
5 Create a healthy, safe and comfortable work environment, and respect the character and diversity of our employees.
Nippon Steel’s Basic Policy on Safety and Health
- Ensuring and maintaining the safety and health of employees of the Nippon Steel Group is the Group’s most important, top-priority values and the basis that supports business development.
- Under the Management Principles of “developing and bringing out the best in our people,” the Nippon Steel Group makes continuous efforts to abide by this philosophy and continues to contribute to society through their safety and health.
- We observe applicable laws and regulations, and give top priority in all business decisions to ensuring safety and health.
- We maintain awareness and understanding of actual workplace conditions, provide the guidance needed to ensure safety and health, and remove factors that might lead to accidents.
- We follow plans to implement measures to realize safer, healthier work procedures and work environments.
- We ensure the observance of rules and engage in hazard prediction, and proactively implement workplace activities to enhance the level of safety and health.
- We provide the education and training needed to ensure the safety and health of people working in the Nippon Steel Group.
- We continuously develop and improve safety and health efforts through the safety and health management system.
April 1, 2019
President of Nippon Steel Corporation
Commitment to the health of both the Company and its employees
Organization for health promotion
Promoting physical wellness
Various cancer screening (including non-statutory exams) based on age and gender are incorporated in our health checkups.
In particular, regarding exams for gastric and colon cancer, which are high risk diseases, we set the evidence-based priority target age and screening frequency for the examination. We also set our target rate of exam-taking and encourage employees to take exams for early detection and treatment of cancer.
|Type of examination||Priority target|
(target age and test frequency)
|Gastric cancer examination (gastric fluoroscopy)||Once every 2 years, 50-years old or older|
|Colorectal cancer test (fecal occult blood)||Once a year, 40-years old or older|
|Prostate cancer test (PSA)||Once every 3 years, 50-years old or older|
|Breast cancer screening (mammography)||Once every 2 years, 40-years old or older|
|Cervical carcinoma of the uterus (uterine cytology)||Once every 2 years, 20-years old or older|
|Gastric cancer risk test (pylori)||When joined the company and at 40|
|Liver cancer risk test (hepatitis virus)||When joined the company and at 40|
We have established a unique company-wide system that enables us to assess and manage the risk of diseases based on the results of health checkups. We provide health guidance according to risk factors or control the frequency of health checkups.
It is important that workers with high risk of cardiovascular disease improve their lifestyle. , We will improve the implementation rate of specified health guidance, which aimed at improving the dietary and exercise habits of workers, by setting a target rate and promoting medical visits. We cooperate with the Health Insurance Union for achieving the goal.
Promoting mental wellness
Aiming for each employee in the Nippon Steel Group to enjoy a vigorous life on and off the job, we provide a consulting service for prevention and early detection in the area of mental health. For general employees, we have incorporated the issue of mental health in various in-house seminars and offer education on how to be aware of one’s own stress and to deal with it. For managers, we offer education on how to care for their subordinates and manage their teams, and how to coordinate with the corporate health care professionals (occupational physicians, health nurses, and other staff). Moreover, we provide stress checks through a workplace stress survey every fall. Occupational health care professionals give guidance for improvement by teams and individuals based on the result of the stress check. In contributing to a vigorous work environment, managers implement necessary measures according to the issues of a team or an individual, coordinating with the personnel department and the health department. Because early detection and early response are important in the treatment of mental illness, we identify those who are at risk at the Health Consulting Contact by various measures in association with the Company’s mental health e-learning and questionnaire event conducted every June. Occupational health care professionals swiftly respond to the findings of the events to foster mental wellbeing.
Our mental health initiatives
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|Support for employees’ return to jobs and prevention of recurrence||
Support to employees who work overseas
To enable employees who have been assigned to work overseas to be free of undue worries, a seminar for the employees and their family is held before the overseas assignment, and information on mandatory vaccination, the local medical system, and other matters are provided. Under the policy of providing continuous health management support during overseas assignments, interviews with occupational health care professionals are regularly conducted counseling via online and at the time of a temporary return to Japan, in addition to aftercare checkups of the regular medical exams. Moreover, one of the Company’s physicians periodically visits overseas offices, researches local medical institutions and the daily-life environment, and meets with the employees who work overseas to offer advice. We have contracted with a medical service company to provide the medical care locally, in preparation for the employees possibly becoming ill overseas.
Concerning the COVID-19 infections, necessary infection prevention measures, including evacuation measures, have been implemented in consideration of the local infection situation and the state of medical care, with the first priority on the safety and health of the employees who work overseas and their families.
In addition to the above-stated health measures, we collaborate with the Health Insurance Union and labor unions in a variety of health-wellbeing activities, such as the “Health Challenge Campaign” living habits, “Health e-learning” for improving employee health awareness, and passive smoking preventive measures.
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|Health Challenge Campaign||
|Passive smoking preventive measures and non-smoking guidance||
In order for all Nippon Steel employees to work with vigor, it is extremely important to respond appropriately to harassment issues, and we are strengthening our efforts to prevent them.
Specifically, we have clarified our internal policies to prevent harassment in terms of working regulations and internal regulations, and we have also prepared and distributed leaflets to promote awareness among all employees. In addition, we engage in education through e-learning for all officers and employees, and through sponsoring lectures on harassment at milestone training events, spanning activities from new employees to higher management. In addition to continuing these efforts, we incorporated our awareness of the matter of unconscious bias into our training programs in fiscal 2021. We will continue such periodical reviews of the content of training programs.
Dedicated consultation and reporting points of contact have been established so that employees who face a harassment issue can consult with other people, in addition to someone close to themselves, such as their supervisor or co-worker. We are striving to create an environment wherein a harassment issue can be resolved without the employee concerned taking it on all alone.
Each of the contact points takes individual actions and makes sure not to disbenefit anyone for reporting or cooperating. After investigating and confirming the existence of a problem, we take strict measures in accordance with employment rules and other regulations.
Empowerment of the elderly and the disabled
Employment for the elderly
With regard to the promotion of the empowerment of the elderly, we extended the retirement age to 65 from 60 in fiscal 2021, after consultation with labor unions, and taking into account the declining working population, the response to the extended starting age of the pension system, and the maintenance and improvement of our workplaces.
Assuming that the same work will be carried out, even after the age of 60, the employment scheme as well as the salary and bonus scheme will remain the same up to the age of 65.
Under this new system, hopefully, all generations, up to 65 years of age, will continue to perform at their best at the front lines of our workplaces, while also invigorating the skill transfer process and communication within the workplace between generations, thereby creating a vibrant company.
Employment for the disadvantaged
Recognizing employment of the disabled as an important social challenge,we are implementing an action plan for their employment and providing a friendly working environment.
Since 2007, we have established special-purpose companies to expand employment opportunities. As of June 2022, at four special subsidiaries of NS Heartful Service East Nippon Ltd., NS Heartful Service Tokai Ltd., NS Heartful Service Kansai Ltd., and NS Heartful Service Kyushu Ltd., over 100 people are actively engaged mainly in various outsourced work from Nippon Steel. The work includes data input and printing of written documents, cleaning of the steelworks premises, cleaning and management of the welfare facilities, and cleaning of work clothes.
|Employment rate of the disabled
(as of June 2022)
Work scenery at one of the special-purpose subsidiaries