Initiatives Toward Diversity

We pursue a variety of initiatives designed to foster a culture in which diverse employees can play an active role. These initiatives include hiring international human resources, promoting the success of women, and hiring persons with disabilities. In addition, we have explored possible measures and manual content in collaboration with some departments such as the Personnel/Labor Department and conducted internal awareness-raising activities to help employees better understand the various systems related to childcare leave and nursing care. Further, we held job title-based training programs themed on diversity, deepening understandings of work styles, childcare leave for male employees, and LGBT issues. To encourage the success of women, we formulate action plans based on the Act on Advancement of Measures to Support Raising Next-Generation Children and the Act on the Promotion of Female Participation and Career Advancement in the Workplace, and offer awareness-raising and education programs for establishing a balance between childcare and work via telecommuting in order to support childcare leave. Not only do we maintain the employment of disabled persons at existing offices, but we plan to maintain employment throughout the Group by using the Special System for Affiliate Companies, which combines the employment rates of the parent company, special subsidiaries, and affiliates. In addition to clerical work such as making business cards, we will create places where disabled persons can also contribute to our businesses through the collection and distribution processing of agricultural products.

Diversity Promotion Department Initiatives

The Diversity Promotion Department, established in 2019, has launched the following initiatives, among others, in addition to strengthening existing initiatives.

Hiring Disabled Persons

In addition to encouraging employment at existing offices, we also encourage disabled persons to participate in a program in which disabled persons perform distribution processing, such as bagging, for agricultural products. This program has been active since the spring of 2020 under the banner of agriculture and welfare partnerships. We will expand these activities to handling operations starting in the fall of 2022.

Encouraging an Understanding of Diversity

In training programs by job title for career-track employees, we continued our workshops on unconscious bias from last year. Furthermore, we began providing training this fiscal year to those at the office/department manager level on the core theme of male employees taking childcare leave, in association with Japan’s revised Childcare and Family Care Leave Act effective from April 2022. On our Intranet’s bulletin board, we provided a presentation of the revised Childcare and Family Care Leave Act in several installments to inform employees of the revised law.

Recruiting Foreign Nationals

Over the last 15 years, we have utilized Japan’s Technical Intern Training Program in which employees of overseas subsidiaries learn Japanese-style logistics and management methods while working at domestic sales offices. We have resumed accepting technical trainees as of April 2022 after suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the fall, we will also start accepting new technical trainees to cultivate leaders who will be active in airport ground handling. In addition, we will actively recruit human resources from outside Japan for active participation in our Airport-Related Business by utilizing Japan’s Specified Skilled Worker Status of residence.

Encouraging the Success of Women

As part of our action plans formulated based on the Act on the Promotion of Female Participation and Career Advancement in the Workplace, we implemented seminars in fall 2022 for employees who have taken childcare leave, covering topics like the creation of a life plan for returning to work after childcare leave. We intend to continue implementing these seminars in the next fiscal year. In addition, in order to provide a networking forum for female employees, we have launched new small roundtable discussions as of this fiscal year. We are also considering creating a mechanism going forward to make these Group-wide gatherings.

Check the KONOIKE Group Integrated Report 2022 here.

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