Empowering Female Employees
Marubeni is working to strengthen recruitment and training of women for career-track positions, to dispatch them overseas proactively, and to create an environment where they can play an active role regardless of life events. As of October 1, 2020, there are 359 women (10.8% of all career-track positions) working in Japan and overseas. Many women in this track are either relatively junior or mid-career and are expected to play an even more active role as candidates for future managerial positions.
In addition, in accordance with the Act on the Promotion of Female Participation and Career Advancement in the Workplace, we have formulated Phase 2 of the General Employer Action Plan for the next five years starting from April 1, 2021. Under this action plan, we have set targets for the ratio of new female graduates hired for career-track positions, the ratio of female employees in all career-track positions, the ratio of female employees in all managerial-track positions, and the ratio of employees who take annual paid leave, and we will focus further on encouraging the success of women in the workplace.
Action Plan for Empowering Female Employees (Phase 2: April 1, 2021–March 31, 2026)
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Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare Database (Japanese only)
I. Providing equal opportunities for women
- Ratio of female new graduates hired for career-track positions will be raised from the current 20-30% to around 40-50% within three years (by April 1, 2024).
- Ratio of females in all career-track positions will be at least 15%.
- Ratio of females in all managerial-track positions will be at least 10%.
II. Establishing an environment conducive to balancing work and family life
- Increasing the annual paid leave utilization rate to at least 70%.
Employees Posted Overseas (As of April 1, 2021)
Diversity is upheld as one of the Group’s HR strategies in the Medium-term Management Strategy GC2021. While the diversity targeted by Marubeni is not necessarily focused on gender, conscious efforts toward female employee development have become one of the key issues, amid expectations for the further advancement of women. We have been implementing the “BENInovation Program,” a program that primarily targets early to mid-career female career-track staff and their immediate managers, to encourage these staff to take on greater challenges and to strengthen diversity management. Starting from FYE 3/2020, certain programs have been opened to all employees who wish to participate, regardless of gender or position.
With the increasing number of dual-income households and diversified workstyles and family situations, the Company is implementing measures to provide the necessary support and environment for employees who will be posted overseas and will be accompanied only by their children. By doing so, the Company ensures that the right people can be placed in/promoted to the right positions in the right places and that these individuals can achieve ongoing career and skills development. Specifically, we provide support to ensure overseas postings are trouble-free and help to prepare a suitable environment for overseas postings by providing a pre-post visit, creating childcare checksheets for posting destinations, and covering part of the cost of essential childcare services. These support measures were introduced in April 2018.
Marubeni International Women’s Day
March 8 is designated as International Women's Day by the United Nations and since FYE 3/2018, we have held Marubeni International Women's Day (IWD) on this day each year to support active working women. In FYE 3/2021, we implemented two programs as part of IWD: “Presentation and Discussion with Marubeni Women Regarding Working Overseas and Developing One’s Career” and “Empowering Women and Promoting Female Inclusion at Agrovista.”
■Program 1: Presentation and Discussion with Marubeni Women Regarding Working Overseas and Developing One’s Career
This was an opportunity for two speakers currently working overseas to share with the entire Company their career stories from the time they joined the company to the time they were posted overseas, their experiences of how they have been empowered by their colleagues and superiors, and their experiences while working overseas.
■Program 2: Empowering Women and Promoting Female Inclusion at Agrovista
In the traditionally male-dominated agricultural industry in the UK, Marubeni Group company Agrovista UK Ltd. is striving to create an attractive workplace for women, actively recruiting women, supporting them in the workplace, and promoting them into management positions. The current situation in Europe, a region known for being advanced in the area of gender equality and empowerment of women in the workforce, and Agrovista’s challenges and initiatives towards supporting female employees were shared by the company's president and human resources department manager.
Events commemorating IWD were also held at several of our overseas offices and Group companies.