Based on the understanding that the ITOCHU ENEX Group is active in many business fields and the fact that our businesses are influenced by many perspectives, in 2013 we started to increase the number of female workers. The female ratio, at less than 10%, was overwhelmingly small compared to other industries. With our initiative for hiring and retaining women, the ratio has increased to 20% and women are active in various fields. We continue to develop areas where individuals can play an active role and maximize performance regardless of gender or age.
Former NHK announcer Motoyo Yamane was appointed as an outside director of our company and the first female director at the ITOCHU ENEX Group. We have received a variety of advice and opinions, especially on our current diversity initiatives.
To promote diversity, we conducted manager training for all section managers and provided an opportunity to consider the work environment and possible improvement. Discussions were held around expected behavior as managers, understanding diversified human resources, the importance of personnel evaluation, and personal growth and organizational development.
A roundtable discussion was held with Ms. Yamane, Outside Director of the Company, Ms. Iwamoto, Audit & Supervisory Board Member, and 9 female leaders. Participants had a frank discussion about anxieties and concerns as leaders and what they keep in mind, among other things. The Company’s executive officers in attendance who are senior female leaders provided advice on what is expected of leaders, based on their own experience. The participating members voiced their hope of holding regular meetings, and the meeting also provided an occasion for employees to interact with each other.
We formulate plans of action pursuant to the Act on Promotion of Women's Participation and Advancement in the Workplace to establish a work environment that contributes to female participation and career advancement.
ITOCHU ENEX employs and supports people with disabilities in a variety of ways while meeting the statutory-required employment rates.
Since May 1, 2019, we have engaged with IBUKI, an indoor farm operated by Start Line Co., Ltd. that employs people with disabilities in Toda, Saitama Prefecture. Currently, six employees with disabilities are active at the facility.
Aside from sponsoring the Artbility project, which is operated by the social welfare corporation Tokyo Colony, we issue an original calendar annually featuring artwork registered by Artbility as well as wrapping paper to support the self-reliance of people with disabilities.
Swan Bakery was established by the Yamato Welfare Foundation to support self-reliance and social involvement of people with disabilities. Swan Bakery sells its products every month at our head office, and our Group staff enjoys freshly baked, delicious bread.
In the 2018 fiscal year, we started to send our staff to global positions to strengthen our human resources. They are expected to become capable in all aspects of foreign business management, including business development, corporate administration, and local management. With this practical approach, we aim to achieve the advancement of diversification within our group companies.