Promotion of Diversity Management
With “a strong Marubeni Group in which diverse individuals play active roles”as our goal, a special team was established in 2009 to promote diversity management. We promote work-life management as the infrastructure for employees with various backgrounds to succeed.
Diagram: Marubeni Diversity Management
Marubeni International Women’s Day
In celebration of International Women’s Day, Marubeni International Women’s Day was held for two days on March 8 and 9, 2018 In order to create business that is not merely an extension of the past, people with diverse views, values, and ideas are required. The event was held to share this perspective not only within the Head Office but across the whole Marubeni Group, and to further promote diversity within the Group.
At Marubeni International Women’s Day, FY2017, female Group executives and employees from more than 10 countries gathered and attended various programs including keynote speeches, panel discussions, and group discussions. The keynote speeches and panel discussions were open to all Group employees regardless of gender, and many people including male employees attended.
President Kokubu’s gave encourasing comments in his opening video message, started that “We aim to be a Group where strong individuals with diverse values and ways of thinking can work even more effectively, regardless of characteristics like nationality, age, or gender. If there is any problem related to being in the minority, I hope that people will actively speak out.”
In the keynote speech and panel discussion, External Director Okina spoke about how she balanced work with pregnancy and parenting, and her career and management experiences. Her message to the female employees in the Group was “There are various events in your life, so take a long-term perspective, and don’t give up working.”
Additionally, the whole Marubeni Group set the mood for the event as Thank You cards and mimosa flowers (following the Italian custom of men giving mimosa flowers to the women around them as a sign of appreciation) were handed out so that people can express gratitude to those close–by such as bosses, colleagues, and subordinates of any gender.
Attending female employees commented “It was a valuable opportunity to receive inspiration from many other women working in the same Group,” and “I hope to maintain and strengthen this network.”
Measures to Promote Opportunities for Women in Managerial Staff Positions
Since 2006, Marubeni has been working hard to recruit more women for managerial staff positions. As of October 1st, 2017, there are 316 women in managerial staff positions (9.39% of all managerial staff positions) playing an active role in operations in Japan and other countries around the world.
Many of the women in managerial positions are in the early to mid-stage of their careers and are viewed as potential candidates for managerial positions in the future. As such they are expected to play an even greater role in the years to come. Furthermore in FY2014, Marubeni started new programs designed to expand the number of opportunities for women in managerial staff positions. One of these is the "BENInovation Program", which focuses on opportunities for female employees and their immediate managers.
Also the following action plan was established in response to the promulgation of the Act on Promoting Women’s Empowerment in the Workplace. This plan defines the period leading up to March 31, 2021, as a time for creating foundations for incorporating diversity into decision-making. Looking towards the future, Marubeni will enhance hiring, overseas dispatch, and education activities based on this plan.
Diagram: Measures to Promote Opportunities for Women in Managerial Staff Positions
Action Plan for Empowering Female Employees (Phase 1: April 1, 2016–March 31, 2021)
||Construct HR development pipelines by strengthening hiring, overseas dispatch, and other development programs with the goals of increasing the ratio of female managerial staff to more than 10% and raising the ratio of female managers to above 7% by March 31, 2021.
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Data base in Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (Japanese only)
The BENInovation Program is an initiative to further promote the activity and success of female managerial staff by focusing on those in early to mid-career and their immediate managers.
In FY2016, proposals for solving organizational issues were delivered to the members of the Corporate Management Committee, through the BENInnovation Program Proposal Project.
Opportunities for Senior Employees
In order to make full use of the knowledge and experience of senior personnel, a Continuing Employment System was introduced and, in principle, covers all employees over the age of 60 who wish to continue working after the normal retirement age. (As of October 1st, 2017 there have been 132 employees who have benefited from the Continuing Employment System.) In addition, through the Senior Career Matching System, we aim to increase the job mobility of senior employees and ensure that the right person is assigned to the right position, so that each employee can be most effective.