The Santen Group promotes diversity to enable our organizations, comprising a wide variety of human resources, to make concerted efforts towards our common goal of enhancing the Quality of Life (QOL) of patients around the world.

Employment data such as diversity of human resources and work-life balance is disclosed in the Employment and Human Resources Data.

Promoting Diversity

The Santen Group is working to build an organization and people that enables employees with a variety of professional and cultural backgrounds to maximize their abilities, regardless of age, gender, nationality or presence of disability, with full respect for the diverse values of our employees. We also provide our employees with equal opportunities for compensation without discrimination. The ratio of female in Santen Group is 41% as of April 1, 2018.

Due to the global expansion of our business, the percentage of our overseas employees at the end of March 2018 reached 47%. Overseas employees who are promoted to executive positions have also been increasing.

Promoting Women's Participation and Advancement

The Santen Group believes that promoting an appropriate balance of work and life will improve concentration on work and productivity regardless of gender, thereby leading to the development of human resources and the company itself. In Japan, as a result of past efforts, in FY2017 the ratio of female managers in management has increased by 4.1 percentage points compared to five years ago.

Following the enforcement in Japan of the Act on Promoting Women's Participation and Advancement in the Workplace in April 2016, we devised an action plan for the first stage.

Action Plan

1. Reduce overtime work by 5%.
2. Provide opportunities for people who have retired for reasons such a child care, family care, and transfer of their spouses.

Providing an Easy-to-Work Environment for Persons with Disabilities

Santen not only promotes the employment of persons with disabilities but also provides them with a working environment where they can work lively. Claire, a special subsidiary company established to facilitate the employment of persons with disabilities, located on the premises of Shiga Product Supply Center, was established in 1997 with the aim of "proactively fulfilling the corporate social responsibility of expanding opportunities to employ persons with disabilities as well as to provide opportunities and places for them to find their life and work meaningful." Claire's main line of business is the cleaning of sterilized garments and dust-free garments. While Claire's main clients are Santen's Noto Plant and Shiga Plant, the company also accepts orders from other companies.

Claire supports various activities and efforts of persons with disabilities, including by providing opportunities for training sessions and encouraging employees to take part in the Abilympics, nationwide skill competitions for persons with disabilities.

The employment rate of persons with disabilities at Santen Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. in June 2018 was 2.20% and this is above the legal employment rate.

Employees at Claire are working.

Systems to Achieve a Work-Life Balance

By adopting the following systems, Santen strives to create a working environment where employees can make the best use of their abilities regardless of their life stage or gender, with full, mutual respect for their diverse values, and can also achieve a good work-life balance while performing their duties effectively and efficiently.

  • Childcare leave:
    The childcare leave system allows employees to take leave until their child reaches the age of one year and six months, or the age of two years.
    All female employees to whom the childcare leave system applies have used this type of leave, and all system users have returned to work.
  • Short working hours for childcare:
    The short working hours for childcare system allows employees raising a child up to the third grade of elementary school to reduce their working hours.
  • Nursing care leave, and short working hours for nursing care:
    If an employee needs to provide nursing care for a family member certified for long-term care, the nursing care leave system allows him/her to take leave or reduce his/her working hours.
  • Volunteer leave:
    The volunteer leave system allows employees to take leave to participate in volunteer activities.
  • Flextime:
    The flextime system allows employees to decide the times when they start and cease working.
  • Teleworking:
    This working style allows employees to work at home or at in-house operational sites other than their regular workplace, or in other places, without limitations on the place of work.

Employee Welfare and Benefit System

Santen has introduced a wide variety of employee welfare and benefit systems: asset-building support systems such as employee stock ownership and asset-building savings; systems to support employees in child or family care according to their life stage, including leave and shortened working hours; medical examinations on many items, which help employees continue to work in good shape; and survivor's pensions.