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Respect for human rights and diversity

Prohibition of discrimination

Hamamatsu Photonics respects the human rights of our officers, employees and all interested parties, and prohibits discrimination based on sex, age, nationality, race, ethnicity, religion, belief, thought, social status, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity in accordance with the laws of each country.

Measures to prevent harassment

Harassment is prohibited at Hamamatsu Photonics. The Company recognizes that harassment violates respect for individuality and creates hostility in the workplace. To combat harassment, the Company sets up contact points in each business division to handle complaints concerning harassment and informs employees of those contact points on its internal website. In dealing with harassment, we pay particular attention to protecting the privacy of all parties concerned. We also ensure that those who submitted complaints or cooperated in confirming the facts of harassment will not suffer unfavorable treatment. In the event that a complaint concerning harassment is received, it is discussed by the Complaint Processing Committee following the fact-finding investigation.

We also provide appropriate education for preventing harassment.

Status of Implementation of Harassment Education

FY2020 1 times
FY2019 0 times
FY2018 2 times

Women’s active participation

Hamamatsu Photonics is an ardent supporter of women in the workplace. We believe that an active role for women in the workplace can be defined as a state in which women can work with peace of mind long-term without leaving the Company due to factors such as childbirth, childcare, and nursing care, while making the most of their abilities and fulfilling their responsibilities in the right jobs. Supported by this commitment, we believe women will play increasingly vital roles in the Company’s success, bringing positive value to its long-term business performance. Accordingly, we are recruiting new graduates with the following targets in mind.

【Action plan for April 2019 to March 2022: submitted to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare】

【Current status】

Percentage of women among new graduates and mid-career recruits

  Male Female Total (percentage of women)
FY2020 Recruits 137 persons 29 persons 166 persons(17.5 %)
FY2019 Recruits 139 persons 43 persons 182 persons(23.6 %)
FY2018 Recruits 127 persons 39 persons 166 persons(23.5 %)

【Case studies on women’s participation in the workplace】

Case study 1: Seminars on work-life balance:
From September to October 2018, Kashiko Kodate, an outside director, presented seminars on Hamamatsu Photonics’ childcare support system at five business sites in the Hamamatsu region to raise employees’ awareness of the importance of work-life balance. A total of 211 people participated in these seminars. Ms. Kodate explained the need to change the mindset of both men and women, based on the idea that the attainment of work-life balance generates increased happiness by creating a positive cycle of synergies between life and work.

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Case study 2: Recruiting women:
Increasing recruitment of women cannot be achieved overnight. Hamamatsu Photonics mainly recruits science students, of whom the percentage of women is typically low. To redress this imbalance, we believe that activity measures are necessary and will continue to be needed in the future.
In cooperation with the Gender Equality Promotion Office of Shizuoka University, on March 28, 2019 the Company conducted a tour of our Central Research Laboratory for female junior-high and high-school students aiming to become Rikejo (“science-oriented women” in Japanese). The Company offered an overview of its business and the fascinating aspects of light and held an informal gathering with female researchers to support female students advancing into science.
The Company conducts many other efforts to encourage the advancement of women in science. We endorsed the Riko Challenge initiative, led by the Gender Equality Bureau Cabinet Office. On August 6, 2019, the Company conducted workplace tours and informal meetings with female employees, with the aim of stimulating the interest of female junior-high and high-school students in careers in science and engineering.

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Employment of persons with disabilities

At Hamamatsu Photonics we believe that everyone can train themselves through their daily work to discover things only they can do. We continuously strive to employ people with disabilities, encouraging them to develop their own areas of work specialization. The Company’s rate of employment of people with disabilities is as follows.

  Employment rate of people with disabilities Statutory employment rate
2019 2.09% 2.2%
2018 2.13% 2.2%
2017 2.07% 2.0%

Hamamatsu PhotoAgri, a wholly owned subsidiary, was established on April 3, 2017. As of April 1, 2020, this company employs four people with disabilities. We plan to employ five or more people with disabilities in the future and apply for special subsidiary company status.

Hamamatsu PhotoAgri produces crops at a farm that cultivates “rich-leaf” vegetables, a class of vegetables that is particularly rich in nutrients. The company identifies issues in production and conducts research activities, with people with disabilities assuming a primary role. Employees with disabilities monitor soil conditions, growth conditions and pest proliferation; manage the farms; and at times sell the products to consumers. The environment at Hamamatsu PhotoAgri enables people with disabilities to play a constructive and vital role in the society. Ultimately Hamamatsu PhotoAgri aims to generate profits without subsidy or other support.