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 October 1, 2016, there are 306 women in managerial staff positions, equal to 9% 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 measures to strengthen human resources, such as helping employees in their twenties gain overseas work and front-line hands-on experience. 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

From the fiscal year ended March 2015, the “BENInovation Program began as a measure to further promote the success of female managerial staff members, targeting young female staff in managerial staff positions and their immediate managers.

  • “Career Sessions” for Young and Mid-Level Female Managerial Staff
    Viewing their future role as managers, female employees envision a more ambitious career, taking into account future life events.
  • “Boss Sessions” for Managers
    The managers learn the knowhow for understanding and implementing support for career development of diversified staff members.

BENInovation Program Proposal Project

For the fiscal year ended in March 2017, proposals for solving organizational issues were delivered to the members of the Corporate Management Committee, as the BENInovation Program Proposal Project.

Female Employee Ratio in Managerial Staff

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