Advancing Kyocera Philosophy Education

| Kyocera Philosophy Education: Basic Concept and Structure | Application of the Kyocera Philosophy Education |

 Kyocera Philosophy Education: Basic Concept and Structure
photo:Group-Wide Philosophy Committee

Group-Wide Philosophy Committee
The Kyocera Group provides a variety of education programs to each employee to provide opportunities to familiarize themselves with the Kyocera Philosophy. The aim of these programs is to develop employees capable of realizing the Corporate motto “To provide opportunities for the material and intellectual growth of all our employees, and through our joint efforts, contribute to the advancement of society and humankind,” and contribute to the Group’s global growth.

We regularly hold the Group-Wide Philosophy Committee headed by Kyocera's chairman which formulates the policies for Philosophy education and examines measures to promote understanding of the Philosophy and reinforce its practice.

 Application of Kyocera Philosophy Education
The Kyocera Group is expanding Kyocera Philosophy Education on a global basis in accordance with the policy of the Group-Wide Philosophy Committee. In Japan, we have both individualized programs carried out by each department, site, or Group company based on their own respective business conditions, as well as company-wide programs that support each of these programs. The individual programs conducted by each department, site, or Group company are mainly focused on Philosophy diffusion activities from the viewpoint of the frontline employees. The company-wide program is set to a standard study theme to create a sense of Group unity and to help foster employees capable of contributing to company management. In FY2019, educational programs were provided with the aim of creating a challenging and rewarding workplace culture. Outside Japan, employee education that matches each local office is conducted by providing locally prepared programs along with common programs standardized along the same themes as in Japan.
Diagram of the Kyocera Philosophy Education System
Diagram of the Kyocera Philosophy Education System
Philosophy Education by each Department, Site or Group Company
The Kyocera Group has in place individual educational programs conducted by each department, site, or Group company. In Japan, organizations that promote Kyocera Philosophy educational activities are set up in each department, and opportunities are provided for leaders of those organizations to gather together and share their own experiences related to Philosophy practice and discuss specific examples. Outside Japan, local education managers take the initiative and promote activities that match the local culture and practice.

Example Approach

Activities of Group Companies in Korea
Kyocera Document Solutions Korea Co., Ltd. holds a book report contest after reading books by Kyocera founder Kazuo Inamori published in Korean to help employees learn the Kyocera Philosophy and reflect on their own work. They honor employees who write the most excellent reports with awards, and the awardees present their reports in front of all the employees. Kyocera Precision Tools Korea Co., Ltd. set up a project team staffed by local employees to translate the Kyocera Philosophy Pocketbook from Japanese to Korean. The translated Pocketbook is used in various ways including readings at workplaces.
photo:Presentation of reports
Presentation of reports
photo:Philosophy Pocketbook in Korean
Philosophy Pocketbook in Korean

Group-Wide Common Philosophy Education Programs

The Kyocera Group (Japan) provides Philosophy Education to all employees to nurture a sense of unity within the Group. Meant to help solve issues and problems differing from job to job, education programs provided in FY2019 were designed to impart the annual educational concept “Challenge” in Mainly top management and mid-level employee so that employees can deepen their understanding of the Philosophy and renew their understanding in the context of their own unique job related challenges. Employees are also encouraged to practice the Philosophy on their own on a voluntary basis.

Vitality Promoting Activity

Kyocera's department in charge of education supports Philosophy education of departments and Group companies by planning individual training programs or providing teaching materials to help change the consciousness of each employee and vitalize the organization.

FY2019 Results of Kyocera Philosophy Education (Japan)
  Group-Wide Common Philosophy Education Programs
(Top Management / Mid-Level Employee)
Total number of participants 3,680
Training hours and times per employee Top management: 7 hours x 1
Mid-level employee: 7hours x 1
· • Result data of the common programs

Global Philosophy Seminars

For overseas Group companies, Global Philosophy Seminars are held for top management and executives in the Europe, U.S.A., China, and Asia Pacific. As in Japan, these seminars are provided to help foreign employees earnestly learn the Kyocera Philosophy, reconfirm what an ideal leader is, and have a better understanding of the type of leadership required to achieve management goals.

Results of FY2019 Global Philosophy Seminars
Region Venue(s) Schedule No. of participants
Europe Dusseldorf April 2018 72
U.S.A. San Diego, Greenville, etc. August 2018
February 2019
China Shanghai, Shilong, etc. October 2018 262
Asia Pacific Bangkok, etc November 2018 86
Total 681
photo:Participants listening to a lecture (China)

Participants listening to a lecture (China)
photo:Group discussion (Europe)

Group discussion (Europe)

Development of Philosophy Education Staff
Kyocera holds workshops for education staff of our sites in Europe, U.S.A., China, and Asia Pacific to support the global spread of Philosophy education. The workshops are intended to help education personnel of each area have a better understanding of Philosophy diffusion activities and share each area's problems and response measures to ultimately reinforce cooperation among the personnel. We intend to establish a system where local education personnel can design their own programs and operate them to vitalize the permeation activities of those areas. photo:Workshop for education staff

Workshop for education staff

Diffusion Activities Based on Kyocera Group Philosophy Essays
The Kyocera Group (in Japan) annually asks for Kyocera Group Philosophy Essays from employees in order for them to reflect on their own experiences with the Kyocera Philosophy, have a clear awareness of the necessity of practical implementation of the Philosophy, and master it. This essay contest has been in place since FY1991. Some overseas Group companies also conduct the same contest.

Essays submitted by employees are reviewed and the authors of selected essays are awarded the Chairman Emeritus' Prize, the Chairman's Prize or the President's Prize.

In addition, some overseas Group companies are also engaged in spreading of Philosophy essays. A Group company in China started to invite contributions of Philosophy essays in FY2008 and published a collection of excellent essays. Furthermore, some Group companies in the U.S.A., Europe, and Asia also hold Philosophy Essay Contests.
Awarding of excellent essays

Awarding of excellent essays

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