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Announcement of the FY2016 Nadeshiko Brands and Semi-Nadeshiko Brands METI selected 47 listed enterprises outstanding in terms of encouraging the empowerment of women!

On March 23, 2017, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) jointly selected and publicized 47 TSE-listed enterprises that are outstanding in terms of encouraging the empowerment of women in the workplace and granted them the Nadeshiko Brand designation.

In FY2016, the fifth year since the inauguration of the Nadeshiko Brand initiative in FY2012, METI and the TSE established a new category called “Semi-Nadeshiko Brands” to select enterprises following successful enterprises under the existing Nadeshiko Brands, from the viewpoint of whether or not candidate enterprises have potential for future growth, in particular, and selected 25 enterprises as Semi-Nadeshiko Brands. Moreover, the FY2016 Report on the Nadeshiko Brands introduces companies engaging in characteristic efforts for empowering women in the workplace as “Noteworthy Enterprises.”

1. Outline of the Nadeshiko Brand initiative

The Nadeshiko Brand is a project aiming to introduce certain TSE-listed enterprises that are outstanding in terms of encouraging the empowerment of women in the workplace as attractive stocks to investors who put emphasis on improving corporate value in the mid- and long-term, thereby promoting investment in such enterprises and accelerating efforts encouraging women’s success in the workplace

METI and the TSE assessed approximately 3,500 enterprises listed in all TSE sections by scoring them based on two factors involving efforts for encouraging the empowerment of women in the workplace: [i] conducting career support for women and [ii] supporting women in balancing work and family. Following this, they selected 47 enterprises from each industry as Nadeshiko Brands.

Notes:

  1. In the Nadeshiko Brand initiative, enterprises will be firstly selected according to the scoring criteria for measuring the empowerment of women and then be screened based on candidate enterprises’ financial indices or return on equity (ROE), before determining successful enterprises.
  2. In light of the enforcement of the Act on Promoting Active Participation by Women, METI and the TSE decided to select enterprises (excluding those with less than 300 employees) that have prepared an action plan under the Act and also disclosed the share of women appointed to management posts among the total number of management posts of candidate enterprises, according to the data stored in the database on enterprises that have been engaging in empowerment initiatives, which was developed by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. Moreover, METI and TSE also required candidate enterprises to answer the Survey on Enterprises Encouraging Women’s Success in the Workplace to endeavor to more precisely ascertain the current state of such enterprise, before determining successful enterprises.

Moreover, METI and the TSE established a Semi-Nadeshiko Brands category, from the viewpoint of whether or not candidate enterprises particularly have potential for future growth, and selected 25 enterprises as Semi-Nadeshiko Brands.

Provision of career training opportunities for women employees (based on the results of the FY2016 survey)

Source: FY2016 Report on the Nadeshiko Brands (p.70)

In addition, under the Nadeshiko Brand initiative, METI and the TSE also emphasize enterprises’ efforts contributing to the working style reform for all employees regardless of gender.

The survey results revealed that 33% of the respondents provide a system in which employees are allowed to flexibly choose their workplace, e.g., teleworking system, and that 60% of the respondents provide a system in which employees are allowed to flexibly choose their work hours, e.g., flexible working hour system.

Provision of a system under which all employees are allowed to flexibly choose their workplace (based on the results of the FY2016 survey)

Source: FY2016 Report on the Nadeshiko Brands (p.76)

Provision of a system under which all employees are allowed to flexibly choose their work hours (based on the results of the FY2016 survey)

Source: FY2016 Report on the Nadeshiko Brands (p.77)

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Release date

March 23, 2017

Division in Charge

Economic and Social Policy Office, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau

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