Diversity policy — toward realization of "respect for all individuals"

The Recruit Group believes that creation of an environment in which all employees — male and female — can fulfill their potential is vital to realize our management philosophy of "respect for all individuals."

Every year, at the Management Strategy Council, we report the employee diversity situation of all layers and confirm the commitment that we want to see that the ratio of men and women at the time of employment be the same in all layers.

With that point in mind, as part of our diversity portfolio, we are implementing various activities centered around furthering the participation of women, who account for more than 40 percent of our employees.

Our efforts began with work aimed at improving the work environment. Since 2007, we have employed initiatives focusing on work-life balance, such as establishing an on-site daycare center in our corporate headquarters, to develop an environment that allows employees to work with stability and peace of mind.

In 2010, we broadened our focus to include initiatives that promote the participation of women in management and corporate decision-making roles, and in 2012 set targets for appointing women to managerial positions.

With the aim of creating new value and furthering individual growth regardless of gender, in 2015 we embarked on full-scale work style innovation with the introduction of initiatives such as the opportunity to work remotely.

Additionally, while encouraging each Group company to pursue self-directed diversity-related initiatives, with the change of our governance structure in October 2012, we expanded initiatives formerly conducted only within Recruit to all of our key Recruit Group companies, as we seek to create a Groupwide culture that promotes diversity in the workplace.

Our target for women in corporate decision-making positions

In September 2012, we announced a new target for the percentage of women in corporate decision making (as Executive Officers or other positions with comparable authority) throughout key Recruit Group companies in Japan, setting it at 10% or more by April 2015. We achieved the target on schedule, and as of April 2017, women accounted for 12.8% of executive positions.

Additionally, we are also working toward a medium-term target set in 2015 of increasing the proportion of female managers throughout key Recruit Group companies in Japan to 30% or more by April 2018. This figure was 24.4% in April 2016, and 27% in April 2017.

Figures through fiscal 2012 are for Recruit Co., Ltd., and figures for fiscal 2013 and later are consolidated for the seven operating companies, three support function companies, and Recruit Holdings. All figures are as of April of each fiscal year.
Board-level positions through fiscal 2012 are those indicative of Executive Officer or above at Recruit Co., Ltd., while from fiscal 2013, the term is broadened to include Executive Officers or positions with comparable authority at any of the key Group companies in Japan.

Groupwide diversity measures

An introduction to some of the Groupwide diversity measures being implemented by the Recruit Group.

Women's leadership program: developing women for senior management

In a 2012 Groupwide survey on diversity, about 40% of women in the organization expressed a desire to take on higher positions in the future, compared to roughly 70% of men. Based on these results, from 2013, the Recruit Group, which is promoting the development of women for senior management, started the Women's Leadership Program to provide leadership training for female employees who are candidates for senior management positions.

The training aims to instill in participants a sense of awareness of what it means to be a leader by encouraging them to articulate the "goals they want to achieve" and then having them take the initiative in exploring ideal leadership styles. Participants conclude the half-year program with a presentation to executive management, and many report realizing a change in themselves post training.

Since starting in 2013, more than 100 women have participated in the program which will be continued in the 2017 fiscal year.

Career development and management training for female employees and their supervisors: Career Cafe/Career Cafe Boss

For women approaching critical junctures in their lives in the form of life events, we offer training aimed at assisting them in building their careers and thinking about their individual strengths and future career ambitions. To facilitate their growth, we also implement relevant management training for their supervisors (participation in both programs is optional).

In 2016, 120 people participated in the Career Cafe program designed for female employees. Participants learned from external lecturers and senior employees that by understanding and enhancing their strengths they could increase their market value, and in the process, increase options from which to choose whenever a major life event occurs. The program provides opportunities for participants to think positively about their careers and dispel anxieties they may have about their future career paths.

Diversity for all project: Be Diverse!

At the Recruit Group, we have initiated the Diversity for All Project: Be Diverse! with the aim of encouraging each employee to leverage their own unique and diverse personality to further maximize their own potential.

In addition to promoting the empowerment of women in their careers, the Be Diverse! project creates opportunities for dialog and lectures with both internal and external guests on a wide range of themes including nursing care, LGBT issues, and balancing childcare responsibilities and work for men. This contributes to an environment that encourages awareness among employees and active participation by a diverse range of human resources.

Diversity initiatives by Group companies

Since the October 2012 change in governance structure, each key Recruit Group company has been independently promoting diversity initiatives.

Female participation in management among key Group companies in Japan

Below are the percentages of women in management positions among key Group companies in Japan as of April 2017.

Company name Percentage of female managers
Recruit Career Co., Ltd. 22.1%
Recruit Jobs Co., Ltd. 20.8%
Staff Service Holdings 20.5%
Recruit Staffing Co., Ltd. 43.6%
Recruit Sumai Company, Ltd. 15.1%
Recruit Marketing Partners Co., Ltd. 28.7%
Recruit Lifestyle Co., Ltd. 29.1%
Recruit Communications Co., Ltd. 29.9%
Recruit Administration Co., Ltd. 38.1%
Recruit Technologies Co., Ltd. 10.1%
Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd. 21.6%
Recruit Group average 24.7%

Initiatives for work-life balance

And's: our on-Site daycare center

We set up the on-site daycare center And's in January 2008 in the same building as Recruit's headquarters to provide women keen to develop their career but without access to daycare the freedom to return to work after maternity leave.

The center upholds the principles of "valuing the individual's growth, spontaneity, and communication" and "stressing diversity, speed, and flexibility"--both of which reflect the Recruit Group's character.

Since the center was opened, the proportion of women returning to work after childcare leave has increased, as has the proportion of working mothers among female employees. As of April 2017, 22.7%, or more than one in five, of female employees were working mothers. Recruit has also concluded corporate contracts with childcare providers to meet needs for flexible approaches to childcare support.

External awards

2017 J-Win Diversity Awards

Recruit received the Grand Prize in the Advanced category of the 2017 J-Win Diversity Awards (Corporate Awards) sponsored by the specified nonprofit organization Japan Women's Innovative Network (NPO J-Win).

As a means for accelerating the promotion of diversity and inclusion (D&I) within companies, these awards are presented to companies demonstrating leadership in the furtherance of D&I initiatives.

This is Recruit's third J-Win Diversity Award Grand Prize, having also won in 2008 and 2014. Additionally, the company won Runner-up Prizes in 2013 and 2016, along with an individual management award in 2016.

Diversity Management Selection 100, Ministry of Economy, Trade, & Industry

Recruit Holdings was named one of the companies selected for the 2014 Diversity Management Selection 100 (METI Minister's Award). Administered by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the program recognizes companies that have achieved results through diversity management that generates innovation leading to new value by harnessing a diverse range of human resources and providing them opportunities to exercise their full potential.

Recruit Holdings was chosen for the operational results it has achieved in promoting diversity initiatives since 2006, including about a 2.5 times increase in the number of working mothers, an increase in the number of female employees effectively balancing work and childcare duties, and the case of a female employee revolutionizing a bridal magazine based on the insights she gained from having entered a new stage of life.

Agreement with the Declaration of Action issued by Cabinet Office-Promoted "Assembly of Male Leaders Working to Accelerate the Empowerment of Women"

Recruit Holdings endorses the Declaration of Action issued by Cabinet Office-Promoted "Assembly of Male Leaders Working to Accelerate the Empowerment of Women," and has declared its intention to promote further corporate participation by female employees.

We are committed to accelerating the promotion of diversity to realize a society where a diverse range of individuals can demonstrate their full potential.