Diversity & Work-styles

Basic Approach

The Maruha Nichiro Group recognizes diversity and inclusion as priority management issues requiring active encouragement. To promote awareness throughout the Group, in 2017 we established the Diversity Promotion Office and in March 2018 announced the Declaration of Action for Diversity and Inclusion.

Declaration of Action for Diversity and Inclusion

The Maruha Nichiro Group, to support the sustained growth of the Group through the continuing creation of value, preserves a corporate culture that respects the diversity in society and creates a work environment that enables all people to demonstrate their individual strengths and reach the full potential of their abilities.

Medium-term Sustainability Management Plan (FY2018–2021)

Promote Climate Reform

Medium-term Goal
Improve awareness of diverse management and work practice reform
Action Plan
  • Improve information and messages from management
  • Strengthen lateral ties between employees

Promote Women's Participation

Medium-term Goal
Improve ratio of female executives
Promote re-hiring of retired female employees
Action Plan
  • Acquire certification marks "Kurumin" and “Eruboshi (L-star)”
  • Hold forums

Promote Work Practice Reform

Medium-term Goal
Improve productivity
Improve work-life balance
Promote diverse work practices
Action Plan
  • Create a new personnel system
  • Shorten work hours
  • Establish telecommuting

Results: Percentage of Women Taking Maternity Leave

Maruha Nichiro Corporation has a 100% participation rate for women taking maternity leave during the fiscal years from 2016 through 2018.

Childcare and Nursing Care Leave Programs and Number of Users

Program Description Fiscal 2018 (No. of people)
Maternity Leave Before and After Childbirth A leave program for prenatal employee can be obtained 6 weeks before the expected date of birth (or 14 weeks for multiple pregnancies). Employee who gave birth can return to work after 8 weeks. 23
Childcare Leave A leave program for parents (men and women) of children aged 2 or younger 21
Short-term Childcare Leave A leave program for parents of children aged 2 or younger during which the employee receives full salary for up to 10 days 15
Paternity Childbirth Leave A leave program for spouses of employee's giving birth during which the employee receives a full salary for up to 5 days 67*1
Childcare Working Hour Leave A one-day reduced working period up to 1 hour and 40 minutes for a care of a child up to fourth grade in elementary school 61*2
Nursing Care Leave A leave program allowing a total leave period of up to 1 year for each person requiring nursing care 1
Return to Work Program A reemployment system to support former employees who were absent from the company due to marriage, childbirth, nursing care, spouse job transfer, career training, or other purpose with the aim of regaining the skills and experience accumulated prior to the absence along with the knowledge, experience, and network of contacts gained during their absence *3
Flextime System A system of flexible daily start and end times with each employee entrusted to fulfill a specified total number of work hours for a month. The system contributes to higher productivity and the employee welfare 1,187*2
Shortened Work Hours Program for Nursing Care A program allowing employees to shorten their work time in 30-minute increments for up to 2 hours per day for nursing care purposes.
An employee is allowed up to three years combined number of days used for shortened working hours and nursing care leave for each family member requiring nursing care
Short-term Nursing Care Leave A program allowing leave of up to 5 days per year (10 days per year for an employee caring for two or more individuals) for nursing care prior to using paid vacation time 2
Post-retirement Reemployment A program to rehire employees who have retired who fulfill certain conditions and express a desire to continue working 29 (17 men, 12 women)*2*4

Note: Scope of survey is Maruha Nichiro Corporation employees(For same program contract employees are included)
* 1. Number of partners of employees giving birth in fiscal 2018
* 2. As of April 1, 2019
* 3. Program launched in April 2019
* 4. Including employees on loan

A meeting of the Working Women Group
A meeting of the Working Women Group