Employment and Diversity Employment and Diversity

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Approach to Materiality in Employment

Supervising division Human Resources Department
KPI Percentage of employees returning to work after taking childbirth and/or parental leave
FY2018 target 100%
FY2017 result 93.3%
Material Reasons The heart of corporate activities are the people. Advantest continually employs diverse human resources and considers the provision of a workplace for employees to reach their full potential an important measure even for improving corporate value.
Boundary Advantest Corporation (non-consolidated) in Japan
Relevant policies Advantest Group Basic Human Resources Philosophy
Relevant commitments Act on Advancement of Measures to Support Raising Next-Generation Children
Responsible department/division Human Resources Department
Relevant complaint processing policy Human Rights Protection Committee, Human Resource Grievance Committee
Assessment

Approach to Materiality in Diversity and Equal Opportunity

Supervising division Human Resources Department
KPI Female employees as percentage of total workforce
FY2018 target To promote the employment of women and steadily increase the ratio of women in management roles.
FY2017 result 17.6%
Material Reasons Advantest recognizes the acceptance of diversity in each and every employee, the elimination of discrimination, the facilitation of each individual to reach their full potential, and the provision of an enthusiastic workplace everyone can participate as vital to earning trust from society and improving corporate value.
Boundary Japan and overseas - all employees (Consolidated)
Relevant policies Advantest Group Basic Human Resources Philosophy
Relevant commitments Act on Promotion of Women's Participation in Their Working Lives
Responsible department/division Human Resources Department
Relevant complaint processing policy Human Rights Protection Committee
Assessment

Human Resources Basic Philosophy

We treat our employees - each one an important asset - with respect and fairness. We also support our employees' diverse lifestyles and individual development, and we are committed to having them grow along with the Company. To protect these valuable assets and increase their value, we drafted our Human Resources Basic Philosophy in September 2000.

In addition, Advantest engages in its business activities while fully considering each principle for human rights and labor defined by the United Nations Global Compact.

Advantest Group Basic Human Resources Philosophy

At Advantest, we consider our employees to be indispensable business assets. We have established the following philosophy that underpins our personnel-related policies, and we are constantly working towards the realization of this philosophy.

  1. Focusing on results

    We promote a human resources system that values and emphasizes fair treatment of employees who exhibit a can-do spirit with which they overcome challenges and achieve outstanding results.

  2. Taking into consideration the needs of fairness and soundness

    We take constant care to ensure that all of our policies and systems are objective, fair, and sound, so that we can achieve the biggest and best results with our employees as a result.

  3. Pro-actively supporting human resources development

    We actively support personnel that strive for self-development through persistent hard work in order to acquire advanced specialist knowledge and a broader education.

Diversity and equal opportunity

Diversity Management

Advantest accepts the diversity of its workforce and strives to create a workplace where every employee can achieve their potential and participate to the fullest. We respect all people regardless of race, creed, gender, nationality, age, sexual orientation or values while striving to facilitate a corporate climate where everyone can reach their full potential and actively participate with their own unique personality and skills.

Status of Employment

The Advantest Group pledges in its basic policy to respect the human rights of every employee and eliminate all forms of discrimination on the grounds of race, creed, gender, nationality, religion, physical disability, etc. Moreover, we are eliminating discrimination from recruitment and employee compensation practices, and striving to hire, cultivate, and promote personnel who will shine on the global stage.

The changes in the number of Advantest Group employees have been as follows.

Employment Status
Number of employees by region
 

FY 2015

FY 2016

FY 2017

Male Female Total Male Female Total Male Female Total Ratio 1* Ratio 2*
Japan Japan 2,184 391 2,575 2,124 378 2,502 2,153 400 2,553 15.7% 54.1%
Overseas Asia 652 202 854 650 197 847 710 217 927 23.4% 19.6%
Europe 570 109 679 574 113 687 580 125 705 17.7% 14.9%
North America 447 83 530 445 84 529 448 88 536 16.4% 11.4%
Overseas total 1,669 394 2,063 1,669 394 2,063 1,738 430 2,168 19.8% 45.9%
Total 3,853 785 4,638 3,793 772 4,565 3,891 830 4,721 17.6%  

* Scope of data: Advantest Group

* Ratio 1: Ratio of female employees

* Ratio 2: Ratio of employees by region

Number of managers by region
 

FY 2015

FY 2016

FY 2017

Male Female Total Male Female Total Male Female Total Ratio 1* Ratio 2* Number of local employees Promotion rate of local employees
Japan Japan 537 9 546 524 9 533 513 11 524 2.1% 46.0% 522 99.6%
Overseas Asia 188 29 217 194 36 230 202 40 242 16.5% 21.3% 227 93.8%
Europe 155 11 166 166 13 179 163 14 177 7.9% 15.6% 174 98.3%
North America 176 16 192 177 16 193 176 19 195 9.7% 17.1% 175 89.7%
Overseas total 519 56 575 537 65 602 541 73 614 11.9% 13.0% 576 93.8%
Total 1,056 65 1,121 1,062 74 1,135 1,054 84 1,138 7.4%   1,098 96.5%

* Scope of data: Advantest Group

* Definition of manager: Level 7 or above in the ten-level employee classification system

* Ratio 1: Ratio of female employees

* Ratio 2: Ratio of employees by region

Number of employees by type of employment
 

FY 2015

FY 2016

FY 2017

Male Female Total Male Female Total Male Female Total
Regular employee 3,766 728 4,494 3,696 718 4,414 3,705 752 4,457
Non-regular employee 87 57 144 97 54 151 186 78 264
Total 3,853 785 4,638 3,793 772 4,565 3,891 830 4,721

* Scope of data: Advantest Group

* Ratio 1: Ratio of female employees

* Ratio 2: Ratio of employees by region

Number of employees by age
 

FY 2016

FY 2017

Male Female Total Male Female Total
20~29 268 110 378 283 116 399
30~39 740 178 918 693 179 872
40~49 1,554 286 1,840 1,499 293 1,792
50~59 1,018 126 1,144 1,099 142 1,241
60~69 116 18 134 131 22 153
Total 3,696 718 4,414 3,705 752 4,457

* Scope of data: Advantest Group (Only regular employees)

* Ratio 1: Ratio of female employees

* Ratio 2: Ratio of employees by region

Number of new employees
 

FY 2015

FY 2016

FY 2017

Male Female Total Male Female Total Male Female Total Ratio1 * Ratio2 *
Japan Japan 18 6 24 7 0 7 8 0 8 0.0% 4.1%
Overseas Asia 24 7 31 34 10 44 93 20 113 17.7% 57.7%
Europe 8 2 10 10 5 15 26 14 40 35.0% 20.4%
North America 19 4 23 15 7 22 29 6 35 17.1% 17.9%
Overseas total 51 13 64 59 22 81 148 40 188 21.3% 95.9%
Total 69 19 88 66 22 88 156 40 196 20.4%  

* Scope of data: Advantest Group (Only regular employees)

* Ratio 1: Ratio of female employees

* Ratio 2: Ratio of employees by region

Number of Turnover Employees
 

FY 2015

FY 2016

FY 2017

Male Female Total Male Female Total Male Female Total Ratio 1* Ratio 2*
Japan Japan 35 8 43 54 9 63 34 8 42 19.0% 32.8%
Overseas Asia 48 14 62 31 12 43 30 4 34 11.8% 26.6%
Europe 9 2 11 5 3 8 24 1 25 4.0% 19.5%
North America 27 10 37 18 5 23 21 6 27 22.2% 21.1%
Overseas total 84 26 110 54 20 74 75 11 86 12.8% 67.2%
Total 119 34 153 108 29 137 109 19 128 14.8%  
Turnover rate 3.10% 4.50% 3.40% 2.90% 4.00% 3.00% 2.90% 2.60% 2.90%    

* Scope of data: Advantest Group (Only regular employees)

* Ratio 1: Ratio of female employees

* Ratio 2: Ratio of employees by region

Recruitment and Use of Global Human Resources

Advantest's business has become more global in recent years, and we aim to secure personnel who understand other cultures, have high-level communication skills, and can see business through on the global stage. As the business environment becomes more borderless, it is increasingly necessary to use personnel exchanges with overseas affiliates to promote globalism in our human resources development and corporate structure.

In this type of business environment, we are putting more effort into building systems from a worldwide perspective as well as hiring, developing and assigning human resources from a global perspective throughout the entire Group to secure and utilize human resources who are able to achieve our mission on the global stage. We continue to conduct personnel exchanges with each Group company as a way of giving employees business experience in a global environment. Through everyday business and training in both organizations, technology and know-how are shared, allowing each employee to learn more advanced technology plus adaptive skills for a diverse business environment.

Interaction between the people working at each Group company occurs not only within each occupation but frequently between each department. Advantest drafted and operates the Global Transfer Policy worldwide as a way to foster exchange between human resources throughout the Group.

As of March 2018, 10 of the 23 corporate officers who make up core management are non-Japanese, and employees from nine different countries are working at the Advantest Corporation (non-consolidated). We will continue to provide equal opportunities to all promising individuals regardless of nationality while underscoring the need to develop global personnel and global organizations through borderless promotion and personnel exchange.

Promotion and Utilization of Female Employees

We believe in always accepting diverse values and that there is a need to continue to promote change in the corporate culture to encourage active participation regardless of gender, age and nationality. However, as of March 2018 only 17.6% of overall employees and 7.4% of management are women and so expanding the employment of women is a key challenge for use.

The Advantest Corporation (non-consolidated) has a 14.7% female employee ratio with 2.0% in management roles. We aim to bring our ratio of female employees in manage roles to at least 3.4% in the general business action plan drafted in accordance with the Act on Promotion of Women's Participation in Their Working Lives enacted in fiscal 2018.

At Advantest we hire mainly engineering students where there is a high ratio of men to women, and women were not motivated to take the entrance exam through our conventional recruitment activities. Given this situation we focused on demonstrating the benefits of our company to female engineers and strengthening our appeal to women. We make a special effort to use young female employees during laboratory visits and business facility tours, thereby reducing the distance between us and the female applicants, and we emphasize the activities of female employees in our website and hiring brochure. In addition, at employment events, we explain our systems and career plans for women and describe how Advantest's female employees play an active role in the company.

As a result of these efforts, the ratio of women who make up the new employees hired in fiscal 2018 is 20%. Advantest will continue to focus our efforts to increase the ratio of female employees in the future.

Active Participation of Human Resources Over 60

Advantest has adopted a re-employment system for people who have reached the retirement age of 60 from the perspective of actively using older human resources. However, this re-employment system has been revised due to circumstances such as amendments of the Law Concerning Stabilization of Employment of Older Persons in April 2013 and the increase in the eligible age for people to start receiving their social security benefits. This system actively takes advantage of the skill and knowledge of veteran employees through proper treatment and assignments which ensure the safety of older human resources working at Advantest. Furthermore, we have devised a system to reflect an assessment of the performance of each and every person in their salary to generate motivation. This system is expected to foster performance in-line with the wages. In fiscal 2018, Advantest introduced programs for shorter work hours and work weeks based on the requests of individuals in addition to preparing systems for people to work additional jobs or conduct side businesses on their days off. Thanks to the adoption of this system, older human resources can work flexibly in a way that suits their individual lifestyles, which will help realize an even better work-life balance.

Change in users of the re-employment system

* Scope of data: Advantest Corporation (non-consolidated) The data includes only new users of the re-employment system. (Persons who used the system in previous years are not counted)

Employment of People with Disabilities

Advantest Green Corporation (AGC) was established in September 2004 as a special subsidiary of Advantest for the purpose of promoting the employment of people with disabilities. Since then, AGC has been striving to offer job opportunities for, and continuous employment of, people with disabilities under the slogan, "Support employee independence and achieve social growth in partnership with the local community."

We provide AGC employees with a pleasant working environment in operations such as landscaping, cleaning, reception duties, selling bread, deliveries, and the management of dormitories. Advantest also actively takes part in various activities in partnership with local communities and relevant organizations to create workplaces where all employees, regardless of their disability status, can work comfortably.

In fiscal 2017, two employees from the Advantest Green Corporation were presented with Outstanding Employee with a Disability Awards. This award commends employees with a disability who have persevered to bring about fantastic results as exemplary professionals, and it has help bring about great results as an award honoring the hard work of employees over many years.

The employment rate of persons with disabilities at Advantest is 2.49% in 2017, which surpasses the employment rate stipulated under the law. However, we will continue to actively promote further employment in anticipation of future revisions to the legal employment rate.

We have built a work-friendly environment for people with disabilities, such as standardization of operational procedures and the adoption of fill-up systems to facilitate more efficient operations while hiring new employees with intellectual disabilities for the first time in fiscal 2017. In the future, we will continue to help diverse human resources reach their full potential and strive to build an employment environment where employees with disabilities feel comfortable working. We are also considering moves into new job categories, bringing vocational trainees on board, holding on-site workshops, and otherwise pursuing initiatives that will carry over to new employment.

Even at overseas affiliates, 12 persons with disabilities are currently working with a high level of motivation.

Change in employment rate of people with disabilities

* Scope of data: Advantest Group (Japan)