Greater Number of Opportunities for Women in Managerial Staff Positions

Measures to Promote Opportunities for Women in Managerial Staff Positions

Since 2006, Marubeni has been working hard to recruit more women in managerial staff positions. As of April 1, 2015, there are 300 women in managerial staff positions, equal to 8.8% of all managerial staff, playing an active role in operations in Japan and other countries around the world.

Around 60% of these female employees are over thirty. They are viewed as potential candidates for managerial positions in the future, and are expected to play an even greater role in the years to come. In the year ended March 31, 2015, 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 primarily targets young female employees and their immediate managers.

  • Zoom Diagram: Measures to Promote Opportunities for Women in Managerial Staff Positions

These programs will be coordinated with other staff reinforcement programs measures to strengthen human resources, such as the mandatory overseas work experience program and helping employees in their twenties gain on-the-job experience out in the field. Together, they will pave the way towards the stable development and advancement of women in managerial staff positions.

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. Going forward, Marubeni will enhance hiring, overseas dispatch, and education activities based on this plan.

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 career-track employees that are women to more than 10% and raising the ratio of female managers to above 7% by March 31, 2021.

Click here to view Action Plan (Japanese only) [69KB]
Data base in Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (Japanese only) 

BENInovation Program

  • "Pre-manager Sessions" for next-generation managers
    Through the sessions, the female employees acknowledge their managerial staff position as future managers, become aware of building their career, and envision a mid to long-term career plan. Also, to create the proposal for “showing spontaneous leadership to solve their own section’s organizational issues,” they will pragmatically learn to extract issues and come up with solutions, while also taking skill training.
  • "Mid-J* Sessions" for fourth-year employees *J = J grade (training period)
    To be more ambitious in developing their career for the remaining part of the training period, employees consider their approach and what they wish to experience, taking into account future life events that may lie ahead.
  • "Boss Sessions" for managers
    These sessions help managers to understand key points as a boss for supporting career developments of female managerial staff, and provide the knowhow for its practice through lectures and workshops.

Female Employee Ratio in Managerial Staff

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