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Winners of the New Diversity Management Selection 100 Project in FY 2016


On March 23, 2017, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) selected 31 enterprises for the New Diversity Management Selection 100 project that have achieved a variety of successes, such as the creation of innovation and improvement of productivity, by empowering diverse human resources in their business, including women, foreign nationals, the elderly, and physically- and mentally-challenged people (people with disabilities).

1. Details of the New Diversity Management Selection 100 in FY 2016

To strengthen Japanese enterprises’ competitiveness while facing economic globalization and an aging society with fewer children, Japanese enterprises need to promote diversity management, which provides diverse human resources, including women, foreign nationals, the elderly, and physically- and mentally-challenged people (people with disabilities), with opportunities to exercise their potential to the greatest extent possible and to take part in the value creation process.

Since the inauguration in FY 2012 of the Diversity Management Selection 100 project to expand the base on which enterprises will engage in such management, METI has been recognizing outstanding enterprises committed to efforts for empowering diverse human resources and leading such efforts to successful value creation. In the FY 2016 project, METI focused on priority issues of “correction of overtime work and promotion of diversified, flexible working styles,” “empowerment of foreign people in expanding business overseas,” and other subjects, and called for case examples of diversity management that have brought about certain effects in business management from enterprises in much broader fields.

On March 23, 2017, METI examined 122 applicants engaging in diversity management through promoting the empowerment of diverse human resources and selected 31 outstanding enterprises as winners of the New Diversity Management Selection 100 project. For a list of the winners, see the Appendix.

2. Outline of a Diversity Management Ambassador Program Titled “Diversity Management Strategy: Meet UP!”*

In FY 2016, METI started a new Meet UP! program, aiming to expand the base on which enterprises will engage in diversity management. In this program, METI held a campaign seminar at 19 sites across Japan and introduced the efforts of winners of the New Diversity Management Selection 100 project.

*Note: The term “Meet UP!” refers to a session at which human resources who have a variety of backgrounds but share the same purpose temporarily gather, intensively exchange information, and bring the experience, including activities and passions learned at the session, back to their own organizations.

The results of a questionnaire survey conducted during the campaign uncovered that the campaign helped the majority of the participants further understand diversity management, steadily raising the public awareness of diversity management.

The results also uncovered that regardless of the differences in regional situation and the level of efforts, some participants requested more information on the efforts made by leading companies in related regional areas or gained helpful information on the efforts of other companies whose business scales and sectors are the same as those of such participants. These comments revealed that companies especially expect familiar role models, in embarking on diversity management.

3. Future actions from FY 2017

The Diversity Management Selection 100 project has continued for five years since its inauguration. As the previous winners of this project have been endeavoring to further develop their efforts, the best practices of diversity management are also advancing day by day. METI will also strive to advance the project in FY2017 to further popularize the latest, advanced best practices across Japan.

Moreover, it will also provide winners of the project with many opportunities to convey their leading efforts for diversity management to the public through the Meet Up! program and other campaigns, thereby popularizing diversity management among regional enterprises and SMEs.

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Release date

March 23, 2017

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