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Supporting Diverse Ways of Working

At the Asahi Group, we believe that the creation of a work environment where all employees can work safely and in good health is an important task that a company should undertake to fulfill its social responsibility. We therefore focus our efforts on managing and enhancing the physical and mental health of each employee.
In addition, we promote initiatives for achieving work-life balance so that employees can continue to work energetically while striking a balance between work and private life.

Supporting Diverse Ways of Working

Major Asahi Group companies* provide their employees with a positive work environment. As part of this effort, employees are allowed to take a half-day off with pay and to take paid leave for consecutive days for the purpose of effectively balancing work and private life. Also, the Asahi Group proactively supports employees balancing childbirth, childcare, nursing care and work so that they can lead a fulfilled life both at work and in society.
For workstyles, the Asahi Group adopts a system to enable employees to draw up diverse plans for their careers and to divert them from being transferred and relocating because of having to take care of a child or parent. Also, employees are allowed to limit their workplaces and change course. In this way, they can choose a workstyle suitable for their life stage. As a result, the return rate for employees after taking childcare leave at Asahi Breweries, Ltd. remains at 62.5%. And the utilization rate of childcare leave (including his spouse's maternity leave) by males at Asahi Breweries, Ltd. is 100%.
*Detailed information about the major group companies* is shown here.

Asahi Breweries, Ltd.

  • Asahi Group HR personnel are interviewing Group employees taking childcare leave in connection with the various formalities related to in-house systems and childcare leave.
  • The Asahi Group is lending company smartphones to Group employees using maternity and childcare leave systems and providing them with conditions for browsing in-house information and the like during their leave.
  • Asahi Group HR personnel are interviewing maternity and childcare leave system users before they return to work. The officers are preparing the system users for their return through careful interviews on their wishes regarding job details and their present living conditions.

Facts about Utilization of Related Systems

Childcare Leave System and Family Care Leave System
2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Acquisition rate of childcare leave system Male 59% 73% 71% 83% 62.5%
Female 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Number of days for taking childcare leave system Male 3.5 8.1 9.6 4.9 5.5
Female 354 440 361 341 369
Number of Childcare Leave System users Male 4 6 5 5 6
Female 53 58 57 65 56
Total 57 64 62 70 62
Number of Family Care Leave System users Male 0 0 0 1 0
Female 0 1 0 1 0
Total 0 1 0 2 0

*Male childcare leave acquisition rate and number of childcare leave acquisition days include spouse maternity leave
*Scope of aggregation: Asahi Breweries, Ltd.
*Target period:As of December, 2020

Employee Support Systems for Childbirth, Childcare, and Family Care
System Contents Number of Users
Maternity Leave System Employees are allowed to take leaves of absence of up to 14 weeks for pre-and postnatal care. A portion of their salary is provided during leave through the corporate health insurance society. 24
Childcare Leave System Employees are allowed to take leave when they have children under the age of two years. Men can also use this system. 62
(including 6 men)
Spousal Childbirth Leave System A system whereby employees may take leave at the time their spouse gives birth. Up to five days leave may be taken at full pay. 77
System for exemption from full working hours for childcare Employees who provide care for children are allowed to reduce their work hours by a maximum of two hours per day. 138
(including 15 men)
System for exemption from full working hours for family members Employees who provide care for family members are eligible to start or leave work two hours earlier or later than usual. 4
Family Care Leave System Employees who provide care for family members requiring long-term care are eligible to take up to one year's leave in total within a period of two years for each such family member, or start or finish work two hours earlier or later than usual (The “accumulated leave” system can be used on a half-day basis. Note: Under the “accumulated leave” system, a portion of paid leave, which usually expires every year, is allowed to be carried over to following years.) Various allowances may be provided to supplement income during leave. 0
Welcome Back Program Employees who had left the company after three or more years of service due to childcare, care for sick family members, etc., are reemployed if certain requirements are met. No age limit. 9
(Number of employees who have taken leave since the system was introduced in 1997)
Skill-up Leave System Employees can be exempted from their duties for a certain period and use leave for skill improvement, etc. This system can also be used when an employee moves overseas as a result of his or her spouse's overseas transfer. (Up to three years) 4
Senior Staff System (full time and part time) Retired employees who wish to be reemployed are assigned full-time or part-time work. (Age limit: 65) 204
Super Flexible System and Flexible System Each workplace can optionally introduce the Super Flexible System and the Flexible System. Introduced at 85% of business units (excluding plants)
Work-from-home System Employees can work from home. Concurrent application of the Work-from-home System and the Super Flexible System has been permitted since 2015, and employees can work from home in hourly units. 2,173

*Scope of aggregation: Asahi Breweries, Ltd.

Activities Relating to Work Hours

To create a corporate culture that enables employees to work in good health, major Asahi Group companies* are committed to reducing regular working hours, controlling long working hours and encouraging the taking of annual paid leave. Intervals between on-duty hours and the visualization of overtime support the management of your and your team's working hours. Health Improvement Leave applies to overtime work of 60 hours or more.