Hitachi Chemical

News Release

May 29, 2015
Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd.

Accelerating the Promotion of Diversity & Inclusion-Setting Numerical Targets for the Ratio of Female Managers in FY2020-

Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Tokyo; President and CEO: Kazuyuki Tanaka; hereinafter “Hitachi Chemical”) has set diversity & inclusion (hereinafter “D&I”) promotion targets for “making the ratio of female managers and female assistant managers equal to the ratio of female in regular positions for each age group by FY2020.”
Hitachi Chemical President and CEO, Kazuyuki Tanaka has agreed with the “Declaration on Action” by a group of male leaders who will create “A Society in which Women Shine” promoted by the Cabinet Office and expressed an intention to strengthen in-house initiatives to support further active participation by female employees.

Hitachi Chemical believes that “human resources with diverse backgrounds, abilities, ideas and values including staff of different genders, nationalities, ethnicity, ages, disabilities and sexual preferences can promote innovation and create solutions, thereby expanding the possibilities of the company itself.” The promotion of diversity is “an important management strategy for global competitiveness.” In particular, various initiatives have been started to promote more active contribution by women. These include continuously increasing the ratio of new female employees, enhancing systems to support work/life management, career-building support through mentoring programs, and dispatching female employees to the specified nonprofit organization, Japan Women’s Innovative Network (J-Win), which supports corporate diversity management. Last fiscal year, an organization specialized for D&I promotion was established in Hitachi Chemical and six D&I promotion projects were initiated. These projects, which were led by executive officers, included changing mindset of male supervisor, changing mindset of women and expanding telecommuting.

Hitachi Chemical will continue to work to promote D&I by engaging in the creation of various mechanisms such as personnel systems, workplace environments and structures to enable more active contribution of a diverse range of human resources.

Hitachi Chemical initiatives for diversity promotion

A group of male leaders who will create “A Society in which Women Shine”

With “The Council for Supporting Women to Shine” held at the office of the Prime Minister on March 28, 2014, movements by leaders in each industry to support women who are active or trying to be active in the workforce are expanding. In this context, a group of male leaders who will create “A Society in which Women Shine” was held by corporate male leaders proactively engaged in promoting active participation by women in the workforce.
The website of “Declaration on Action” by a group of male leaders who will create “A Society in which Women Shine”