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Approach to Materiality in Employment

Human resources constitute the core part of business activities. Advantest believes that becoming a company where diverse human resources are continuously employed and work actively is important to enhance the corporate value.

Supervising division Human Resource Department
KPI Re-employment rate following maternity and parental leave
FY2018 target 100%
Results achieved in fiscal 2018 100%
Boundary (scope) Advantest Corporation (non-consolidated) in Japan
Relevant policies Advantest's human resources basic philosophy
Relevant commitments Act for Measures to Support the Development of the Next Generation
Responsible department/division Human Resource Department
Relevant complaint processing policy Human Rights Protection Committee and Personnel Mediation Committee
Assessment

Approach to Materiality in Diversity and Equal Opportunities

Advantest recognizes the importance of developing a workplace where individual employees accept diversity, eliminate discrimination, show their maximum performance, and work actively to gain social creditability and enhance the corporate value.

Supervising division Human Resource Department
KPI Ratio of female employees
FY2018 target Advantest will promote female employment and ensure the percentage of female managers increases steadily.
Results achieved in fiscal 2018 18.0%
Boundary (scope) All employees in Japan and overseas (consolidated)
Relevant policies Advantest's human resources basic philosophy
Relevant commitments Act on Promotion of Women's Participation and Advancement in the Workplace
Responsible department/division Human Resource Department
Relevant complaint processing policy Human Rights Protection Committee
Assessment

Human Resources Basic Philosophy

Advantest respects employees, who are valuable assets to the company, and evaluates them fairly. Advantest is supporting the diverse lifestyles of employees as well as the growth of individual employees so that they grow together with the Company. Advantest established the human resources basic philosophy in September 2000 to protect these valuable assets and enhance their value, and is implementing various human resources measures, such as ensuring fairness and consent and actively supporting human resources development.

Advantest also supports the United Nations Global Compact 10 Principles, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and is paying adequate attention to these principles of human rights and labor in its business activities.

Advantest's Human Resources Basic Philosophy

Regarding its employees as valuable management resources (assets), Advantest has formulated the following policies for implementing various human resources measures and has been making continuous efforts to achieve them.

  1. Performance-based personnel system

    Advantest will promote a personnel system where employees who overcome difficulties and achieve innovative results by challenging themselves are highly evaluated and fairly treated.

  2. Fairness and consent

    Advantest will ensure that all its policies and systems are objectively fair and gain consent from employees, so that the maximum and optimal results can be achieved with these policies and systems.

  3. Active support for human resources development

    Advantest will actively support employees who make continuous efforts to refine their skills, acquire greater expertise, and broaden their knowledge.

Diversity and Equal Opportunity

Diversity Management

Advantest aims to develop a workplace where individual employees accept diversity, show their maximum performance, and work actively. Advantest is developing a corporate culture where its employees respect each other's differences and show their individuality and abilities to the maximum extent.

Employment Data

Advantest Group has formulated a basic policy to promise that it respects the human rights of individual employees, eliminate discrimination based on race, gender, age, nationality, religion, social status, disability, disease, sexual orientation, and so on. Advantest is also eliminating discrimination in employment and promotion and actively employing, developing, and promoting personnel who can play a leading role in global situations.

The graph below shows the trends in the number of employees.

Employment data
Number of employees by region
 

FY2016

FY2017

FY2018

Male Female Total Male Female Total Male Female Total Percentage of
female employees
Percentage
by region
Japan Japan 2,124 378 2,502 2,153 400 2,553 2,152 416 2,568 16.2% 52.0%
Overseas Asia 650 197 847 710 217 927 771 236 1,007 23.4% 20.4%
Europe 574 113 687 580 125 705 613 128 741 17.3% 15.0%
North America 445 84 529 448 88 536 512 108 620 17.4% 12.6%
Overseas total 1,669 394 2,063 1,738 430 2,168 1,896 472 2,368 19.9% 48.0%
Total 3,793 772 4,565 3,891 830 4,721 4,048 888 4,936 18.0%  

*Scope of data: Advantest Group

Number of managers by region
 

FY2016

FY2017

FY2018

Male Female Total Male Female Total Male Female Total Percentage of
female
employees
Percentage
by region
Number of
locally
recruited
employees
Promotion rate
of locally
recruited
employees
Japan Japan 524 9 533 513 11 524 503 12 515 2.3% 44.5% 514 99.8%
Overseas Asia 194 36 230 202 40 242 210 40 250 16.0% 21.6% 233 93.2%
Europe 166 13 179 163 14 177 170 16 186 8.6% 16.1% 184 98.9%
North America 177 16 193 176 19 195 187 19 206 9.2% 17.8% 197 95.6%
Overseas total 537 65 602 541 73 614 567 75 642 11.7% 55.5% 614 95.6%
Total 1,062 74 1,135 1,054 84 1,138 1,070 87 1,157 7.5%   1,128 97.5%

*Scope of data: Advantest Group

*Definition of managers: Level 7 or higher in the 10-level qualification system. In this 10-level qualification system, Job Levels 1 to 6 are applied to general employees and Job Levels 7 to 10 to managers.

*Figures marked with the symbol are assured by KPMG AZSA Sustainability Co., Ltd.

Number of employees by type
 

FY2016

FY2017

FY2018

Male Female Total Male Female Total Male Female Total
Full-time employees 3,696 718 4,414 3,705 752 4,457 3,827 803 4,630
Non-full-time employees 97 54 151 186 78 264 221 85 306
Total 3,793 772 4,565 3,891 830 4,721 4,048 888 4,936

*Scope of data: Advantest Group

Number of employees by age
 

FY2016

FY2017

FY2018

Male Female Total Male Female Total Male Female Total
Age 20-29 268 110 378 283 116 399 329 118 447
Age 30–39 740 178 918 693 179 872 692 197 889
Age 40–49 1,554 286 1,840 1,499 293 1,792 1,411 297 1,708
Age 50–59 1,018 126 1,144 1,099 142 1,241 1,236 163 1,399
Age 60–69 116 18 134 131 22 153 159 28 187
Total 3,696 718 4,414 3,705 752 4,457 3,827 803 4,630

*Scope of data: Advantest Group (full-time employees only)

Number of new employees
 

FY2016

FY2017

FY2018

Male Female Total Male Female Total Male Female Total Percentage of
female employees
Percentage
by region
Japan Japan 7 0 7 8 0 8 20 4 24 16.7% 7.2%
Overseas Asia 34 10 44 93 20 113 102 24 126 19.0% 37.6%
Europe 10 5 15 26 14 40 54 10 64 15.6% 19.1%
North America 15 7 22 29 6 35 95 26 121 21.5% 36.1%
Overseas total 59 22 81 148 40 188 251 60 311 19.3% 92.8%
Total 66 22 88 156 40 196 271 64 335 19.1%  

*Scope of data: Advantest Group (full-time employees only)

Employee turnover
 

FY2016

FY2017

FY2018

Male Female Total Male Female Total Male Female Total Percentage of
female employees
Percentage
by region
Japan Japan 54 9 63 32 8 40 28 5 33 15.1% 23.6%
Overseas Asia 31 12 43 30 4 34 37 4 41 9.8% 29.3%
Europe 5 3 8 24 1 25 22 7 29 24.1% 20.7%
North America 18 5 23 21 6 27 32 5 37 13.5% 26.4%
Overseas total 54 20 74 75 11 86 91 16 107 15.0% 76.4%
Total 108 29 137 107 19 126 119 21 140 15.0%  
Turnover rate 2.90% 4.00% 3.00% 2.90% 2.65% 2.85% 3.21% 2.79% 3.14%    

*Scope of data: Advantest Group (full-time employees only)

*Figures marked with the symbol are assured by KPMG AZSA Sustainability Co., Ltd.

Employment and Utilization of Global Human Resources

In order to further expand its business globally, Advantest has been recruiting personnel who have deep cross-cultural understanding and communication skills and can work in a global arena. In addition, Advantest is promoting the globalization of human resources development and organizations through personnel exchange among group companies.

Advantest is working hard to develop systems, and employ, develop, and assign personnel from a world-wide perspective, involving all the group companies, with the aim of recruiting personnel who can achieve their missions in a global arena. In addition, Advantest will continue personnel exchange among group companies so that employees can experience working in a global environment, and share their skills and know-how through routine work and training in each organization so that individual employees can acquire more advanced skills, including skills to adapt to various business environments.

Advantest is promoting personnel exchange among group companies on a departmental basis, regardless of job type, and has formulated and been globally implementing the "Global Transfer Policy," which enables personnel exchange among different departments.

As of March 2019, 11 out of 24 executive officers, who are management personnel, have foreign nationalities, and employees from nine countries are currently working for Advantest Corporation. Advantest will give fair opportunities to talented personnel, regardless of their nationality, and promote global personnel development and organizational globalization through borderless personnel recruitment and exchange.

Promotion and Utilization of Female Employees

Advantest always accepts diverse values and is promoting the creation of a corporate culture where everyone can work regardless of race, gender, age, and nationality. However, as of March 2019, the percentage of female employees to total employees is 18.0%, and the percentage of female managers to total managers is 7.5%. Increasing the numbers of female employees and managers is an urgent task.

The percentages of female employees and managers in Advantest Corporation are 14.3% and 2.5%. With regard to the percentage of female managers, Advantest set a numerical goal of 3.4% in fiscal 2018 in the General Business Action Plan according to the Act on Promotion of Women's Participation and Advancement in the Workplace, and has been promoting various activities to achieve the goal.

Advantest has been recruiting students with technical background, which caused the percentage of male employees to remain high and has not motivated female students to take entrance exams for Advantest in the recruitment activities. In light of these circumstances, Advantest has strengthened public relations activities for females with a focus on conveying the attraction of Advantest to female students, particularly those with technical background. Advantest used many of its young female employees when visiting laboratories and conducting factory tours in order to shorten the distance between female applicants and Advantest, and also introduced female employees' activities widely in its website and brochures. At recruitment events, Advantest explained about programs and career plans for female employees and introduced how female employees are working in Advantest.

As a result of these activities, the percentage of new female employees to total new employees increased to 33% in fiscal 2019. Advantest will continue efforts to increase the percentage of female employees.

Active Utilization of Senior Employees

Advantest revised the re-employment program for employees who retire at the age of 60 that had been introduced for the utilization of senior employees following the amendments to the Act on Stabilization of Employment of Elderly Persons in April 2013 and the increase of the minimum age for pension eligibility by the government. Advantest is actively utilizing the skills and know-how of experienced employees by employing senior personnel steadily and treating and assigning them to jobs appropriately. In addition, Advantest has established a system to reflect each individual's achievements in their wages to motivate senior personnel and expect them to produce results that match their wages. In fiscal 2018, Advantest introduced a system where employees are allowed to reduce their working hours or days as desired and have a second job on non-working days; two employees have reduced their working hours and three employees have reduced their working days under this system. Advantest believes that this system will allow senior personnel to work more flexibly according to their lifestyles, contributing to further enhancing the work-life balance.

Trends in the number of employees who use the re-employment program

*Scope of data: Advantest Corporation (non-consolidated)
Advantest is tallying the number of employees who have started using the re-employment program.
(These numbers do not include those who have been using the program since the previous year)

Employment of the Disabled

In order to promote the employment of the disabled, Advantest established a special subsidiary company, Advantest Green Corporation, in September 2004. Since its establishment, this company has been working to promote the employment of the disabled and encourage them to continue to work for a long time under the slogan of "Independence of individuals and growth of society."

Its core business includes landscaping, cleaning, reception work, delivery, sale of bread, and management of dormitories. Advantest Green is providing workplaces where its employees can work comfortably. Advantest Green is working actively with local communities and relevant organizations to develop workplaces where the disabled and non-disabled people can work together.

In fiscal 2017, two Advantest Green's disabled employees were awarded for their achievements. This award is given to those who have overcome their disability and achieved excellent results as model professionals. The hard work that the employees have put in for many years has led to this great result.

Advantest's employment rate of the disabled is 2.48% in fiscal 2018, exceeding the mandatory employment rate. Advantest will be actively promoting the employment of the disabled to address a future amendment to the mandatory employment rate.
In addition, Advantest will be developing better workplaces for the disabled through work efficiency improvement by standardizing work procedures, introducing a post-replenishment system, and so on and developing an environment where diverse personnel can exercise their abilities and disabled employees can work with ease. Furthermore, Advantest is considering creating new job categories, and will promote activities that lead to new employment, such as accepting apprentices and holding workshops.

Currently, 12 disabled employees are working in overseas affiliated companies and they are working with high motivation.

Trends in the percentage of disabled employees

*Scope of data: Advantest Group (Japan)

*Figures marked with the symbol are assured by KPMG AZSA Sustainability Co., Ltd.