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.
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.