Creating Supportive Workplaces

Balancing Work and Childcare / Nursing Care Responsibilities

Creating a System That Allows Employees to Continue Their Careers

The Cosmo Energy Group has introduced a variety of programs to help employees maintain their physical and mental well-being while also allowing them to balance work and family responsibilities at various stages of their lives.

Employees giving birth and employees raising children can use a childcare leave system with partial pay that exceeds the legal requirement, and also take advantage of options such as shorter working hours and telework. We also encourage these employees to take other types of leave, such as special occasion paid leave for a child’s first birthday, and childcare leave when a child falls ill, which can be taken until the child graduates from elementary school.

We offer a preferred work location selection option for employees with childcare or nursing care responsibilities. We have put in place systems that allow employees to continue working even if their family or household circumstances change, such as a reemployment system for employees who had to leave due to childcare or nursing care reasons, and a leave of absence system for employees whose spouses are transferred to a distant location. To make it easier for employees on childcare leave to return to work, we also provide career support consultations.

Programs to help employees balance work and childcare responsibilities

★Maternity leave ★Special occasion leave
Postpartum leave Telework
★Childcare leave (until the end of the fiscal year when the child reaches age 3) *Partial pay (conditions apply) ★Preferred work location selection
★Shorter working hours for childcare reasons (until the child enters grade 4 of elementary school) Assistance for accessing childcare facilities (licensed and other daycare centers, and babysitters)
Time during the workday for childcare responsibilities (for women) ★ Childcare leave benefits (Cosmo Oil Mutual Aid Association)
Restrictions on overtime and late-night work ★Babysitter coupons
★ Leave for childcare / nursing care ★Consultation service for finding daycare
★Paternity leave (for men) ★Support for balancing career and childcare needs

★:Cosmo program exceeds the standards set by Japanese law

Without star: Cosmo program meets the standards set by Japanese law

System for Maternity, Postpartum and Childcare Leave

Benefits and Loans

For employees on maternity and postpartum leave, the Cosmo Oil Health Insurance Society provides a maternity allowance equaling two-thirds of the standard daily compensation. During childcare leave, in addition to the childcare leave benefits provided by the government’s employment insurance, 30% of the employee’s standard compensation is paid by the Cosmo Oil Mutual Aid Association. The association also offers a loan of up to 500,000 yen to those on childcare leave.

Career Support During Leave

Prior to taking maternity leave, the employee has a meeting with her supervisor to provide a concrete idea of her desired work style after returning to work. During the leave, the supervisor maintains regular contact with the employee and shares relevant company information with her, while also encouraging her to take online company courses to maintain her career awareness. A few months after returning to work, the employee meets with her superior to discuss her needs in terms of work style and the scope of duties going forward.

Number of Employees Using the Shorter Working Hours Program

Reason FY2018 FY2019 FY2020 FY2021 FY2022
Childcare 21 35 35 39 36
Nursing care 0 0 0 0 0
Non-occupational injury/illness 0 0 1 1 1

Note: Whenever program usage extends from one fiscal year into the next, the usage is counted for each year concerned.

Number of Employees Who Took Nursing Care Leave

  FY2018 FY2019 FY2020 FY2021 FY2022
Number of employees who took nursing care 1 1 0 0 0

Occupational Health and Safety

Reducing Long Working Hours

The Cosmo Work Style Guidelines have been established to help maintain the physical and mental health of our employees, enhance their work-life balance, and improve productivity by promoting better work habits. The Group is striving to improve productivity by raising employee awareness of the need for greater time efficiency and taking related initiatives. These include encouraging employees to come in earlier rather that working late in the evening (by adjusting overtime pay rates), encouraging employees to use their annual paid leave, and setting total working hour targets for each organization.


Trends in total working hours