Initiatives for Diversity

Approach to Diversity

With diversity as the basis of its growth, the Kewpie Group respects the individuality and willingness to grow of each of its employees around the world. The Group strives to create a corporate culture in which each employee can work to the best of their abilities.
Given the importance of each employee supporting diversity through the adoption of an understanding stance and actively engaging in dialogue, we have established the following three guidelines.

  1. 1.Listen to every person you work with
  2. 2.Actively express your own opinions and engage in lively discussion
  3. 3.Participate in various forums and make opportunities to interact with members you do not usually meet

Status of measures designed to promote diversity

The promotion of diversity at the Kewpie Group aims to foster a corporate culture that accepts diversity, and to allow Group employees to leverage their potential.
In order to foster a corporate culture that accepts diversity, we are introducing a series of activities aimed at raising awareness, and are implementing work-style and other reforms, while augmenting existing programs to make it easier for each employee to work.
With the goal of realizing a Group in which employees can leverage their potential, we are promoting training activities for female managers, and implementing measures aimed at allowing all employees, including those with disabilities, senior employees, and non-Japanese employees, to work to the best of their abilities.
Female managers accounted for 7.1% of all managers in the Kewpie Group in fiscal 2018 and we target an increase in female managers at Kewpie Corporation alone rising from 8.2% in fiscal 2018 to 12% by fiscal 2021. In order to accomplish this, we are developing measures aimed at fostering the employment of women in general and promoting a shift from regional employment to general employment by introducing an employment system where promotion is not dependent on relocation.

Fostering a corporate culture that accepts diversity

Publication of diversity wall newspaper, Nanairo

This publication introduces the Group’s thoughts about and insights into diversity in easy-to-understand words and illustrations.
Through distribution to offices and break areas, employees can pick up the publication for reading up about management’s thoughts and comments on issues, furthering their understanding of diversity and the significance of promoting diversity.

The inaugural edition was published in July 2017. It is published and posted in the various workplaces of the Kewpie Group three times a year.

Diversity Seminars Held

Kewpie holds a variety of seminars, such as about LGBT issues, led by teachers from within its organization and from outside entities in order to further the understanding and acceptance of diversity among its employees. We aim to create a corporate culture where employees can learn more about diversity, respect each other’s unique traits and grow together.

Allowing Group Employees to Leverage Their Potential

Study Sessions for the Group’s female managers

All female managers in the Group assemble together to participate in lectures given by Kewpie executives, study groups about the Company’s philosophy, and working groups. The aim is to create networks for female managers and deepen their required knowledge about management positions, while giving them the confidence to contribute to the management position by exploring novel management methods and taking the next step toward their goals.

Step-up training for young local employees

Young Group employees in other regions, including those working within limited areas and work scope, are offered selective education and training opportunities. They learn about the Group’s management strategy, mission, business, and production bases, whetting their appetite for growth and gaining growth opportunities to aim for management positions and job transfers.

Global Training

Overseas training has been implemented in the Asia region for mainly younger employees and mid-tier employees since fiscal 2017 in a bid to bestow employees with the ability to develop markets overseas that are necessary for the sustained growth of business and to create new businesses in countries with different cultures and backgrounds.
At overseas-related companies*, most employees participate in local skills training courses and attend courses in Japan about the mission and specialty skills, centered on locally hired employees in management positions.

*Total of 10 companies: 2 in the United States, 3 in China, 1 each in Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Poland.

Training for employees from overseas Group companies held in Japan

Approach Toward the Employment of Persons with Disabilities

As with all its employees, the Group aims to create environments in which those with disabilities can demonstrate their individual potential as well as experience the joy of work and the purpose of life.
In support of this aim, employment of persons with disabilities is not undertaken at the Group level. Instead, Kewpie and the individual Group companies in each region, including special subsidiary companies, employ such individuals independently, thereby creating diverse employment opportunities in a broad range of communities.
As of December 1, 2018, persons with disabilities accounted for 3.54% of all employees in the Kewpie Group* in Japan (excluding the logistics systems business).

*The Kewpie Group does not aggregate its employment figures for people with disabilities (this refers to calculating the ratio of employment of persons with disabilities by totaling up the figures for the parent company and its special subsidiary companies).

Trends in the ratio of employment for persons with disabilities (percentage of total employees as of December 1, 2018)

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
2.50% 2.69% 3.02% 3.30% 3.54%

Subject: Kewpie Group in Japan (excluding logistics system business)

Initiatives at Group Companies

The production plants in the Egg Products business and the Delicatessen Products business are actively promoting the employment of persons with disabilities. All of the Kewpie Egg Corporation’s 26 plants around Japan are actively employing persons with disabilities, achieving an employment ratio of 6.01%. The Narita Plant’s ratio of employment of persons with disabilities stood at over 15.93% as of December 1, 2018. Kewpie Ai, a special subsidiary company, promotes the employment of those with disabilities in a wide range of operations, including in-house logistics, cleaning, as well as the production and distribution of sales promotion materials.

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