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Winners of the FY2014 Diversity Management Selection 100– Fifty-two enterprises were selected for their utilization of various human resources in creating new value –

On March 18, 2015, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) selected 52 enterprises in the Diversity Management Selection 100 project that have achieved a variety of successes, such as the creation of innovation and improvement of productivity by utilizing various human resources, including women, people from overseas, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

1. Details of Diversity Management Selection 100

To shift from the current economy to a value-creating economy, it is necessary for Japan to provide the public, including women, people from overseas, the elderly, and people with disabilities, with opportunities to fully exercise their potential and take part in the value creation processes.

Diversity management is a strategy under which enterprises conduct management so as to create innovation and generate value by utilizing various human resources and providing them with opportunities to fully exercise their potential. Aiming to expand the base on which enterprises will promote diversity management, METI started the Diversity Management Selection 100 project in FY2012 (METI Minister’s Awards). In the project, METI recognizes enterprises of various sizes and in various industries that proactively make efforts to carry out diversity management as those possessing a management capability that contributes to Japan’s economic growth, and widely publicizes such enterprises’ efforts to the public as best practices.

On March 18, 2015, METI selected 52 outstanding enterprises out of 167 applicants that utilize various human resources effectively through increased diversity management efforts, as winners of the Diversity Management Selection 100 project. METI has also selected two enterprises for their projects and programs, including consultation services for enterprises engaged in promoting diversity management or other activities to expand the base on which enterprises will promote diversity management, and recognized them for the Diversity Promotion Project Commendation program.

2. Winners

For winners of the project and program, please see Appendix. For details of the winners’ efforts, visit the following website for the Diversity Management Selection 100 project, which contains a collection of best practices.

3. Announcement of the collection of best practices

In late March 2015, METI will publicize a collection of best practices of diversity management on the website for the Diversity Management Selection 100 project. The collection consists of two sections: [i] “Toward Value-creating Diversity Management,” in which some common elements discovered in the winners’ efforts are highlighted, and fundamental concepts and approaches to diversity management as a strategy for achieving successful results are compiled; and [ii] “A List of Ideas for Successful Diversity Management,” in which the model diversity management initiatives undertaken by each winner are introduced, in a way that corresponds to section [i]. Please visit the following website and make the best use of the information provided.

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4. Future actions beginning in FY2015

METI will aim to communicate to the public the achievements of enterprises engaged in diversity management prior to 2014 and increasingly spread and develop diversity management. To achieve the goal, in FY2015 it will endeavor to proactively recognize enterprises from previously under-publicized fields that have not been previously selected, including those of enterprises conducting gender-bias-free work-style reform, e.g., removal of long work hours, expanding the scope of female occupation, and encouraging the success of people from overseas and the elderly in the workplace.

Release date

March 18, 2015

Divisions in charge

Economic and Social Policy Office, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau

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