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The Asahi Kasei Group publishes cost and performance data concerning its environmental activities.

Investment for Environmental Protection and Safety

The Asahi Kasei Group has invested the necessary management resources in ESH & QA activities.
Investments in environmental protection and safety-related facilities up to fiscal 2021 and in fiscal 2021 are shown below.

Investment in environmental preservation and safety modification

  • 1970Per year ¥0.7 billionCumulative ¥0.7 billion1971Per year ¥3.8 billion Cumulative ¥4.5 billion 1972Per year ¥3.1 billionCumulative ¥7.6 billion1973Per year ¥8.7 billionCumulative ¥16.3 billion1974Per year ¥7.0 billionCumulative ¥23.4 billion1975Per year ¥6.6 billionCumulative ¥29.9 billion1976Per year ¥4.5 billionCumulative ¥34.4 billion1977Per year ¥4.6 billionCumulative ¥39.0 billion1978Per year ¥3.1 billionCumulative ¥42.1 billion1979Per year ¥4.0 billionCumulative ¥46.1 billion1980Per year ¥6.0 billionCumulative ¥52.1 billion1981Per year ¥6.2 billionCumulative ¥58.3 billion1982Per year ¥5.4 billionCumulative ¥63.7 billion1983Per year ¥3.0 billionCumulative ¥66.7 billion1984Per year ¥6.4 billionCumulative ¥73.1 billion1985Per year ¥3.8 billionCumulative ¥76.9 billion1986Per year ¥3.1 billionCumulative ¥80.0 billion1987Per year ¥3.6 billionCumulative ¥83.6 billion1988Per year ¥3.9 billionCumulative ¥87.6 billion1989Per year ¥4.1 billionCumulative ¥91.7 billion1990Per year ¥10.3 billionCumulative ¥102.0 billion1991Per year ¥4.6 billionCumulative ¥106.5 billion1992Per year ¥6.0 billionCumulative ¥112.5 billion1993Per year ¥5.0 billionCumulative ¥117.5 billion1994Per year ¥4.7 billionCumulative ¥122.2 billion1995Per year ¥4.7 billionCumulative ¥126.8 billion1996Per year ¥6.8 billionCumulative ¥133.7 billion1997Per year ¥6.7 billionCumulative ¥140.3 billion1998Per year ¥5.0 billionCumulative ¥145.3 billion1999Per year ¥3.2 billionCumulative ¥148.5 billion2000Per year ¥4.6 billionCumulative ¥153.1 billion2001Per year ¥5.6 billionCumulative ¥158.6 billion2002Per year ¥5.6 billionCumulative ¥164.2 billion2003Per year ¥7.2 billionCumulative ¥171.4 billion2004Per year ¥7.5 billionCumulative ¥178.9 billion2005Per year ¥5.77 billion Cumulative ¥184.7 billion2006Per year ¥7.45 billionCumulative ¥192.2 billion2007Per year ¥9.50 billionCumulative ¥201.7 billion2008Per year ¥9.92 billionCumulative ¥211.6 billion2009Per year ¥7.54 billionCumulative ¥219.1 billion2010Per year ¥5.59 billionCumulative ¥224.7 billion2011Per year ¥4.26 billionCumulative ¥229.0 billion2012Per year ¥3.80 billionCumulative ¥232.8 billion2013Per year ¥3.90 billionCumulative ¥236.7 billion2014Per year ¥5.20 billionCumulative ¥241.9 billion2015Per year ¥7.88 billionCumulative ¥249.7 billion2016Per year ¥5.38 billionCumulative ¥255.1 billion2017Per year ¥6.28 billionCumulative ¥261.4 billion2018Per year ¥8.89 billionCumulative ¥270.3 billion2019Per year ¥8.09 billionCumulative ¥278.4 billion2020Per year ¥10.52 billionCumulative ¥288.9 billion2021Per year ¥9.23 billionCumulative ¥298.1 billion

(¥ billion)

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Environmental protection 2.98 2.18 4.14 3.88 2.8
Safety 3.30 6.71 3.95 6.63 6.43
Total 6.28 8.89 8.09 10.52 9.23

Investments in environmental protection-related facilities (fiscal 2021)

Total ¥2.8 billionEnergy conservation 28%Water 28%Wastes 4%Atmosphere 30%Others 5%Noise 4%Soil pollution 0%Tree planting 0%Chemical substances 1%

Investments in safety-related facilities (fiscal 2021)

Total ¥6.4 billionWorkplace safety 22%Outmoded equipment 35%Earthquakes 20%Explosions 0%Others 23%

Environmental Accounting

We classify the cost of our measures for environmental protection in accordance with cost classification standards promulgated by the Ministry of the Environment.

Environmental accounting by fiscal year

(¥ million)

Cost classification 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Investment Expense Investment Expense Investment Expense Investment Expense Investment Expense
1 Combined operation area 3,780 9,303 1,942 11,183 3,905 10,089 3,628 7,666 2,755 9,914
Pollution prevention 1,881 6,187 944 7,705 2,198 6,874 2,241 5,186 1,399 6,923
Global environmental protection 929 841 807 1,230 1,221 773 1,246 689 1,069 955
Resource circulation 970 2,276 190 2,248 485 2,442 142 1,792 287 2,036
2 Upstream and downstream 0 117 0 140 0 115 0 102 0 104
3 Management activities 39 1,124 62 636 43 2,394 25 654 19 1,294
4 R&D 114 1,274 119 2,787 192 8,431 228 2,185 198 1,793
5 Community outreach 2 29 0 27 0 24 0 18 0 17
6 Environmental damage 1 203 45 1,128 0 206 3 196 4 199
  Total 3,936 12,050 2,169 15,901 4,139 21,259 3,883 10,821 2,977 13,320

Climate change

Eco-efficiency (JEPIX) performance*

  • *JEPIX is an abbreviation for the "Japan Environmental Policy Index", and it was developed by teams under the leadership of Professor Nobuyuki Miyazaki of the International Christian University at the Japan Science and Technology Agency and Sustainable Management Forum Japan. Environmental performance data are converted to an environmental impact point (EIP) scale and aggregated to determine total environmental impact. Eco-efficiency is calculated as follows.
     Eco-efficiency = value added (economic index) / JEPIX Eco-Points

    Eight aspects of environmental impact (including chemical releases, greenhouse gas emissions, landfill wastes, and COD load) are evaluated, and net sales are used for value added. A new accounting policy is applied to net sales from fiscal 2011.

Total environmental impact (million EIP) 2001 50,723 million EIP,2017 11,524 million EIP,2018 9,770 million EIP,2019 10,562 million EIP,2020 9,410 million EIP 2021 10,337 million EIP, Eco-efficiency (¥/EIP) 2001¥23.6/EIP,2017 ¥177.2/EIP,2018¥222.1/EIP,2019¥203.7/EIP,2020¥223.8/EIP,2021¥238.1/EIP

JEPIX-method eco-efficiency

2001 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total environmental impact (million EIP) 50,723 11,524 9,770 10,562 9,410 10,337
Net sales (¥ million) 1,195,393 2,042,216 2,170,403 2,151,646 2,106,051 2,461,317
Eco-efficiency (¥/EIP) 23.6 177.2 222.1 203.7 223.8 238.1

Greenhouse gas emissions in Japan by fiscal year

(million tons CO2 equivalent)

Item Index set at Kyoto Protocol
(1990)
Baseline year
(2005)
2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Carbon dioxide 5.06 4.96 2.93 2.89 2.61 2.51 2.74
Nitrous oxide 6.82 0.76 0.07 0.09 0.13 0.29 0.09
Methane 0.00 0.01 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
HFCs 0.16 0.02 0.04 0.04 0.04 0.03 0.03
PFCs 0.01 0.14 0.13 0.11 0.12 0.06 0.01
Sulfur hexafluoride 0.00 0.04 0.01 0.01 0.01 0.01 0.00
Nitrogen trifluoride - - 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 12.06 5.92 3.18 3.13 2.91 2.91 2.87
  • Notes
  • Calculation standards for greenhouse gas emissions:
    For greenhouse gases covered by the Act on Rationalizing Energy Use and the Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures, calculations are in accordance with the methods stipulated by these laws. For gases not covered by either law, calculation methods are based on considerations such as chemical reactions.
  • CO2 emissions from generation of electricity and steam sold to other companies are excluded from data for the baseline year but included in annual data from fiscal 2013.
  • We have used 'basic' CO2 emission factors for electricity purchased in Japan until FY2019, but we have opted to use 'adjustedʼCO2 emission factors from FY2020 onwards. The impact of this change on CO2 emissions is immaterial.

Overseas greenhouse gas emissions by fiscal year

(million tons CO2 equivalent)

  2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
CO2 emissions 1.03 1.03 1.08 1.00 1.24
  • Note
  • Calculation standards for overseas greenhouse gas emissions:
    Overseas greenhouse gas emissions are calculated, in principle, based on the provisions given by the Act on the Rational Use of Energy and the Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures. CO2 emissions from the burning of by-product gases are mainly calculated by material balance. CO2 emissions associated with purchased electricity are calculated with the latest available coefficients given in International Energy Agency's Emissions Factors.

FY2021 global greenhouse gas emissions by segment

(million tons CO2 equivalent)

Material Homes Health Care Other Total
Total 3.86 0.10 0.15 0.00 4.11

Scope 3 emissions by fiscal year

(million tons CO2 equivalent)

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
1 Purchased goods and services 4.54 4.74 4.43 4.53 4.82
2 Capital goods 0.19 0.29 0.32 0.39 0.45
3 Fuel and energy-related activities (not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2)
0.21 0.21 0.24 0.78 0.77
4 Upstream transportation and distribution 0.28 0.30 0.27 0.24 0.23
5 Waste generated in operations 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.07
6 Business travel 0.03 0.03 0.03 0.00 0.00
7 Employee commuting 0.02 0.03 0.03 0.03 0.03
8 Upstream leased assets 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
9 Downstream transportation and distribution - - - - -
10 Processing of sold products - - - - -
11 Use of sold products 1.00 0.92 0.96 1.34 1.37
12 End-of-life treatment of sold products 4.84 4.98 4.70 5.68 5.91
13 Downstream leased assets - - - - -
14 Franchise - - - - -
15 Investment - - - - -
Total 11.11 11.5 10.98 12.99 13.66
  • Notes
  • Calculation method for Scope 3:
    Our Scope 3 GHG emissions are calculated using the Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Accounting and Reporting Standard and its technical guidance issued by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. For the greenhouse gas emission factors, we used data available in the Carbon Footprint Communication Program database prepared by the Japan Environmental Management Association for Industry and the Embodied Energy and Emission Intensity Data for Japan Using Input-Output Tables (3EID): Inventory Data for LCA prepared by the National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan until FY2019.
    Since FY2020, we have referred to the Embodied Energy and Emission Intensity Data for Japan Using Input-Output Tables (3EID) (2015): Inventory Data for LCA prepared by the National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan, IDEA v2.3 by the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, and the Emissions Unit Value Database Ver3.2 for Accounting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions, etc., by Organizations Throughout the Supply Chain issued by the Ministry of the Environment, etc.
    The total Scope 3 in FY2020 emissions would have been 10.36 million tons CO2 equivalent when calculated with factors used in the past. Among Scope 3 emissions, Category 1 emissions associated with purchased goods and services would have been 4.11 million tons CO2 equivalent, Category 3 emissions associated with fuel and energy-related activities (not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2) 0.21 million tons CO2 equivalent, and Category 12 emissions associated with end-of-life treatment of sold products 4.5 million tons CO2 equivalent. The impact on other categories is minor.
  • Including overseas subsidiaries from fiscal 2017.
  • Calculation method for purchased goods and services:
    Items with emissions equal to or greater than 4,000 tons of CO2-equivalent were included. The emissions were calculated by multiplying the amounts, either in physical or monetary units, of raw materials and services purchased from outside the Asahi Kasei Group by Asahi Kasei Corp., Asahi Kasei Homes, Asahi Kasei Construction Materials, Asahi Kasei Microdevices, and Asahi Kasei Medical by the respective emission factor for each type of raw material or service.
  • Calculation method for use of sold products:
    Based on the calculation standards set by Asahi Kasei Homes, using the emissions intensity available from Housing Tech. R&D Labs. report, emissions are calculated after deducting the CO2 emission reduction effects, etc., based on the energy-saving equipment actually installed, which differs in each case, in the Hebel Haus (detached house/apartment building) units delivered each fiscal year (calculation period is set to 60 years).
    Before FY2020, the calculation was based on the number of Hebel Houses delivered in each year. However, in order to further improve the calculation accuracy, we changed to a calculation method based on the total floor area of the Hebel House delivered in each year from FY2020. When calculated by the conventional calculation method, the Category 11 emissions in FY2020 would have been 0.89 million tons CO2 equivalent.
  • Calculation method for disposal of sold products:
    For Asahi Kasei, Asahi Kasei Construction Materials, and Asahi Kasei Medical, emissions are calculated by multiplying the weight of products shipped each fiscal year by the CO2 emission factor at the time of disposal for each product.
    For Asahi Kasei Homes, emissions are calculated by multiplying the number of Hebel Haus units delivered each fiscal year by the CO2 emission factor per building.
  • Note:In fiscal 2018, we revised some of the calculation methods for upstream transportation/distribution and disposal of sold products so that they are based on the actual situation. Past results have been adjusted retroactively.

CO2 emissions from product shipment (FY2021)

Material Homes Health Care Other Total
Shipment volume
(million ton-km)
775.39 289.25 2.89 0.00 1,067.53
CO2 emissions
(tons CO2)
48,782 35,370 708 0 84,860

Low-pollution vehicles

(Number of vehicles)

  2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Used on public roads Low-pollution vehicles 1,270 1,252 1,295 1,415 1,506
Other vehicles 93 74 86 40 44
Subtotal 1,363 1,326 1,381 1,455 1,550
Used within plant grounds Low-pollution vehicles 534 492 451 726 764
Other vehicles 250 227 208 66 73
Subtotal 784 719 659 792 837
Total Low-pollution vehicles 1,804 1,744 1,746 2,141 2,270
Other vehicles 343 301 294 106 117
Total vehicles 2,147 2,045 2,040 2,247 2,387
Proportion of low-pollution vehicles
(%)
Used on public roads 93 94 94 97 97
Used within plant grounds 68 68 68 92 91
Total 84 85 86 95 95
  • Note:Hybrid-electric vehicles, low-emission vehicles, fuel-efficient vehicles, and all-electric vehicles

Pollution and Natural Resources / Water Resource Preservation

Treatment and disposal of industrial waste by company

(Thousand tons)

Company Waste generated Recycling Volume reduction Landfill Effluent Recycling Volume reduction Final disposal Coverage (%)
Asahi Kasei Corp. 242.5 48.0 0.7 0.0 193.7 191.8 1.7 0.3 -
Asahi Kasei Microdevices 7.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 7.9 7.9 0.1 0.0 -
Asahi Kasei Homes 4.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.8 4.8 0.0 0.0 -
Asahi Kasei Construction Materials 64.1 39.9 0.0 0.0 24.3 24.3 0.0 0.0 -
Asahi Kasei Pharma 1.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.5 1.5 0.0 0.0 -
Asahi Kasei Medical 5.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 5.5 5.5 0.0 0.0 -
FY2021 total 326.3 87.9 0.7 0.0 237.7 235.6 1.8 0.3 81.4
FY2020 total 334.1 85.2 0.6 0.0 248.3 246.4 1.6 0.3 -
FY2019 total 378.2 97.8 0.7 0.0 279.8 277.1 1.6 1.1 -
FY2018 total 334.2 67.4 0.6 0.0 226.1 263.5 1.9 0.7 -
FY2017 total 330.6 108.1 0.6 0.0 221.9 219.3 1.9 0.8 -
FY2016 total 339.2 104.4 0.7 0.0 233.5 229.2 3.7 1.1 -
FY2015 total 356.5 123.7 3.3 0.0 229.6 225.3 3.4 0.8 -
FY2014 total 388.5 114.6 36.4 0.0 237.3 231.7 4.1 1.5 -
FY2013 total 386.3 112.4 29.0 0.0 244.7 240.3 3.1 1.3 -
FY2012 total 387.9 99.0 27.2 0.0 261.6 255.4 4.4 1.8 -
FY2011 total 441.8 105.1 73.5 0.0 263.1 254.1 7.8 1.3 -
FY2000 total 316.9 3.5 187.5 0.1 170.8 122.0 21.9 26.8 -
  • Notes:
  • Not including waste generated from non-recurring events such as dismantling closed plants or waste generated from dismantling old homes when constructing new homes.
  • Sums of figures may differ totals shown due to rounding(also in other tables hereinafter).

Final disposal by category of waste
(Excluding waste generated at the construction sites of Asahi Kasei Homes)

Category Disposal volume (thousand tons) Percentage (%)
Debris 0.073 24.2
Cinders 0.060 20.1
Industrial waste containing asbestos 0.057 19.1
Inert mixed wastes 0.040 13.3
Glass & ceramic fragments 0.029 9.6
Others 0.041 13.8
Total 0.301 100.0

Asahi Kasei Group treatment and disposal of industrial waste

(Thousand tons)

2019 2020 2021
Waste generated 654.6 571.0 577.5
Disposal breakdown Material recycling 426.0 406.6 402.4
Chemical recycling 2.4 9.1 9.0
Heat recovery 183.1 123.6 124.8
Volume reduction 11.0 6.3 7.3
Final disposal 32.0 25.4 33.9

Final disposal of industrial waste generated at construction sites of Asahi Kasei Homes

(Thousand tons)

2000 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
New construction 16.6 0 0 0 0 0
Dismantling 39.1 11.7 14.1 14.1 10.2 9.2
Total 55.7 11.7 14.1 14.1 10.2 9.2

AAC trimmings recycled by Asahi Kasei Construction Materials

(Tons)

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Hebel™ panels 260 360 354 350 217
Cement materials 1,400 970 368 259 194
Lightweight artificial soil 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1,700 1,330 722 609 411

Release and transfer of PRTR-specified substances by fiscal year

(Tons)

2000 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Release to air 4,720 330 520 290 250 230
Release to water 170 60 50 60 50 60
Release to soil 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total release 4,890 390 570 350 300 290
Reduction rate (%) 92 88 93 94 94
Transfer 2,100 2,800 2,500 2,400 2,700 2,500

VOC* air emissions

  2000
(Baseline year)
2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Volume (tons) 10,400 1,350 1,400 1,100 920 1,000
Reduction rate (%) 87 87 89 91 90
  • *VOCVolatile organic compound. Although the term generally applies to any organic compound which is in gaseous state at the time of release, regulations for the control of their release exclude methane and some fluorocarbons which do not form oxidants.

FY2021 release and transfer of PRTR-specified substances

(Tons)

Company Sites Substance Release to air
Release to water
Release to soil
Total release
Transfer
Asahi Kasei Corp. Others Toluene 10 0 0 10 0
Nobeoka 1,1-Dichloroethylene (vinylidene chloride) 23 0 0 23 156
Dichloromethane (methylene chloride) 14 0 0 14 0
Chloroethylene (vinyl chloride) 6 0 0 6 39
Boron compounds 0 6 0 6 0
Water-soluble copper salts (except complex salts) 0 20 0 20 0
Moriyama Dichloromethane (methylene chloride) 17 0 0 17 0
N,N-dimethylacetamide 6 0 0 6 221
Mizushima n-Hexane 28 0 0 28 10
Molybdenum and its compounds 0 14 0 14 0
Vinyl acetate 7 0 0 7 10
Kawasaki n-Hexane 64 0 0 64 11
Asahi Kasei Medical Nobeoka N,N-dimethylacetamide 2 8 0 10 197
  • Notes
  • Substances whose total emissions into the air, water, and soil at a given site are at least five tons/year are listed along with their emission amounts, etc.
  • Rounded to the nearest ton.

Release of air and water pollutants by fiscal year

Item Unit 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
SOx1 Tons 6,600 6,000 6,300 5,200 6,800
NOx2 Tons 3,300 3,300 3,400 3,600 3,500
Soot and dust3 Tons 110 140 90 110 140
Waste water effluence Million m3 212 221 216 204 202
COD4 Tons 820 880 890 850 850
N Tons 6,200 7,000 6,500 4,900 5,900
P Tons 20 20 20 20 20
Coverage % - - - - 75.7

Air emissions by site

(t/y)

Site 2019 2020 2021
SOx NOx Soot and dust SOx NOx Soot and dust SOx NOx Soot and dust
Nobeoka 5,800 2,200 30 4,800 2,300 30 6,300 2,200 80
Mizushima 190 960 50 180 1,100 70 270 960 50
Moriyama 0 30 1 0 40 2 0 130 4
Fuji 0 3 0 0 3 0 0 2 0
Ohito 2 10 0 2 20 0 2 6 0
Kawasaki 2 90 6 1 70 4 3 100 6
Suzuka 0 20 0 0 20 0 0 30 0
Others 310 90 6 220 50 5 200 50 5
Total 6,300 3,400 90 5,200 3,600 110 6,800 3,500 140
  • 1Sulfur oxides (SOx) are formed when crude oil, fuel oil, or coal containing sulfur are used as fuel. Sulfur dioxide (SO2) is most common, but some sulfur trioxide (SO3) also forms. The term SOx is inclusive of both of these.
  • 2Nitrogen oxides (NOx) are formed in nature and during combustion at thermal power plants, factory boilers, internal combustion engines, and incinerators. The term NOx is inclusive of both nitric oxide (NO) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2).
  • 3Soot and dust are fine particles formed in the combustion of fuel and other materials.
  • 4Chemical oxygen demand is an indicator of water pollution by organic substances. COD is expressed in terms of the amount of oxygen that can be consumed by an oxidizer to chemically oxidize the organic substances contained in the water.

Water usage and effluence

(Million m3)

Item 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Japan Usage 266 294 253 242 253
Effluence 212 221 216 204 202
Overseas Usage 16 13 15 13 14
Effluence 11 8 10 8 9
Japan and overseas Usage 282 307 268 255 267
Effluence 223 229 226 212 212

Water usage and sources by fiscal year in Japan

(Million m3)

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total 266 294 253 242 253
Municipal water 10 9 9 10 10
Ground water 23 22 21 20 20
Industrial water 234 263 223 213 223

Water emissions in Japan by site

(Tons, except effluence: million m3)

Site 2019 2020 2021
COD N P Effluence COD N P Effluence COD N P Effluence
Nobeoka 680 6,200 9 143 650 4,600 5 132 670 5,600 6 133
Mizushima 60 210 3 34 50 190 3 34 50 190 3 30
Moriyama 6 8 2 10 7 8 1 9 8 9 2 10
Fuji 20 60 8 11 20 80 6 12 20 80 6 11
Ohito 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
Kawasaki 100 60 1 11 90 30 1 10 70 20 1 11
Suzuka 6 2 0 1 5 2 0 1 5 1 0 2
Others 30 3 0 6 30 3 0 5 30 3 0 5
Total 890 6,500 20 216 850 4,900 20 204 850 5,900 20 202

Number of Group Employees

Scope FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020 FY2021
Number of Group Employees Total Asahi Group (consolidated)
(Global)
34,670 39,283 40,689 44,497 46,751
Male 33,265
Female 13,443
Gender unspecified 43
  • Note:According to individuals' self-identification.

Number of Employees by Status

Scope FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020 FY2021
Permanent Total Note 1 16,274 16,966 17,293 17,417 17,413
Permanent Male 13,738 14,275 14,511 14,593 14,555
Female 2,536 2,691 2,782 2,824 2,858
Non-permanent Total Note 1 2,861 2,548 2,576 3,360 2,875
Non-permanent Male 1,907 1,870 1,967 2,382 1,966
Female 954 678 609 978 909

Persons with disabilities

Scope FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020 FY2021
Number of employees with disabilities [Scope Note 2] All Group companies applicable as Special Subsidiaries 579 574 609 623 639
Employment rate (%) [Scope Note 2] 2.24 2.23 2.31 2.38 2.35
Statutory employment rate (%) [Scope Note 2] 2 2.2 2.2 2.3 2.3

Employment/Retention

Employment/Retention Scope FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020 FY2021
Number of new hires New graduate total Note 1 516 565 614 586 460
(male) 387 427 486 466 369
(female) 129 138 128 120 91
Mid-career total 232 487 410 298 345
(male) 210 468 349 276 297
(female) 22 19 61 22 48
Proportion of mid-career recruitment* (%) 31.0 46.3 40.0 33.7 42.9
Number of resignations 216 232 292 283 328
  • *As of Sep. 30, 2022

Working Hours / Salary

Scope FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020 FY2021
Total hours worked 1999 2008.1 1948.7 1973.9 1992.2
Overtime hours worked 283.4 292.5 247.3 260.9 286.6
Average paid vacation days taken 15.07 14.48 15.66 14.29 14.76
Average rate of paid vacation 77.8% 75.1% 82.3% 75.3% 77.6%
Average annual salary (¥) Asahi Kasei Corp. 7,645,207 7,871,666 7,691,021 7,691,021 7,810,513

Education/Training

Scope FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020 FY2021
Total training hours 382,632 290,931
Average time per employee 21.5 22.3
Annual education and training costs (¥) Note 1 82,000 129,000 116,000 42,500 80,000

Diversity / Work-life Balance

Scope FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020 FY2021 FY2022
Number of female managers and supervisors Note 1 534 574 622 660 701 752
Number of female managers 171 193 212 231 257 277
Total number of managers 5,783 5,786 5,767 5,780 5,760 5,778
Ratio of female managers (%) 3.0 3.3 3.7 4.0 4.5 4.8
Number of employees taking child care leave Male 346 392 417 433 420
Female 266 236 251 265 287
Number of employees using shortened working hours system for child care Male 5 3 3 4 2
Female 371 356 350 366 322
Number of employees using "Kids Support" shortened working hours system Male 1 1 2 0 0
Female 70 92 141 123 135
Number of employees taking family care leave Male 1 4 3 6 2
Female 4 5 8 4 2
Number of employees using shortened working hours system for family care Male 0 0 3 4 2
Female 1 1 2 2 0

Occupational Health and Safety

Occupational health and safety Scope FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020 FY2021
Group lost time frequency rate (%) Note 3 0.35 0.3 0.41 0.44 0.21 0.38
Group severity rate (%) 0.024 0.005 0.008 0.074 0.006 0.133
Number of lost-worktime injuries Group employees 25 12 22
Of which, number of fatalities Group employees 0 0 1
Average age Note 4 43.6 43.8 43.8 43.8 43.7 43.7
Percentage finding problems during health examinations (%) 63.4 62.5 62.6 62.3 62.7 62.5
BMI 25.2 26 26.3 26.8 26.7 26.7
Smoking rate (%) 26.6 26.9 26.3 25.8 24.7 23.5
Number of days absent due to injury or illness (days per person; calculated based on reports of absence from work) 3.2 3.1 3.2 3.5 3.1 3.4
Specific health guidance rate (%) 5.3 25.4 34.1 35.5
Stress check rate (%) 96.6 96.9 96.2 98.0 96.3 95.7
Self-care education participation rate (%; implemented in 2022) 98.0
Employee satisfaction with the seminar (% who responded "very satisfied" or "satisfied" among 5 choices) 87.3

Social Contribution

Scope FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020
Social contribution activity expenses (¥ million) Asahi Group (consolidated)
(Global)
3,953 1,304 1,330 1,143 2,147
Ratio of ordinary income (%) 2.46 0.61 0.6 0.62 2.62

Scope Notes

  • 1 Asahi Kasei, Asahi Kasei Microdevices, Asahi Kasei Homes, Asahi Kasei Construction Materials, Asahi Kasei Pharma, and Asahi Kasei Medical
  • 2 The rate of employment and the number of persons employed are the average figures for each fiscal year for applicable companies of the Asahi Kasei Group. Calculations are based on total employment of 26,990 persons at the 20 applicable companies as of June 1, 2020. (number of persons calculated in accordance with the Act on Employment Promotion, etc. of Persons with Disabilities)
  • 3 Asahi Kasei Group companies in Japan as defined in the Asahi Kasei Group ESH & QA Regulations (a list of departments implementing Asahi Kasei's ESH & QA Program can be downloaded from the following page)
    https://www.asahi-kasei.com/sustainability/rc/#anc-09
  • 4 Employees of major Japanese subsidiaries in addition to companies listed in Note 1

Corporate Governance

Scope FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020 FY2021
Number of Directors Inside Directors Male Asahi Kasei Corp. 6 6 6 6 6
Female 0 0 0 0 0
Total 6 6 6 6 6
Independent Outside Directors Male 2 2 2 2 2
Female 1 1 1 1 1
Total 3 3 3 3 3
Total 9 9 9 9 9
Ratio of Female Members of the Board of Directors (%) 11.1 11.1 11.1 11.1 11.1
  • Note:The number of Board of Directors meetings and committee meetings and their attendance rates are reported on the following page.