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Joint Event of Commendation Ceremony of FY2017 New Diversity Management Selection 100 and Announcement of FY2017 Nadeshiko Brands to be Held Selected enterprises under the Diversity Management Selection 100 Prime program will explain essential points of diversity management through a panel discussion

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will select outstanding enterprises that engage in efforts for providing a variety of human resources with opportunities to exercise their potential to the greatest extent possible and creating innovations and other value under the FY2017 New Diversity Management Selection 100 program. In addition to this program, in FY2017, METI will start a new program called “Diversity Management Selection 100 Prime” to select outstanding enterprises engaging in efforts for diversity management under the Diversity 2.0 program. Moreover, jointly with the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE), METI will select outstanding TSE-listed enterprises that encourage women’s success in the workplace as Nadeshiko Brands.

As part of these efforts, on March 22 (Thur.), 2018, METI will hold a joint event of a commendation ceremony of FY2017 New Diversity Management Selection 100 and an announcement of FY2017 Nadeshiko Brands. At the event, METI will introduce selected enterprises under these FY2017 programs and hold a panel discussion between selected companies under the Diversity Management Selection 100 Prime program and experts to broadly disseminate such enterprises’ pioneering efforts. At the event, Ms. Maiko Ito, an actress, will attend as a presenter.

1. Outline of the New Diversity Management Selection 100 and the Diversity Management Selection 100 Prime programs

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To strengthen Japanese enterprises’ competitiveness while facing economic globalization and an aging society with fewer children, Japanese enterprises need to promote diversity management as an effective strategy, which provides diverse human resources, including women, foreign nationals, the elderly and 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 of the Diversity Management Selection 100 program in FY 2012 to expand the base on which enterprises will engage in such management, METI has been selecting and recognizing outstanding enterprises committed to efforts for empowering diverse human resources and leading such efforts to their business achievements.

In addition to this, in FY2017, METI will start the Diversity Management Selection 100 Prime program to select outstanding enterprises out of those that have already been recognized under the existing programs and that still strive for diversity management under the Diversity 2.0 program while focusing on continuous efforts across departments.

2. Outline of the Nadeshiko Brands

Since FY2012, METI and the TSE have been jointly selecting TSE-listed outstanding enterprises that encourage women’s success in the workplace to introduce them as attractive stock options as “Nadeshiko Brands” to investors who put emphasis on improving corporate value in the mid and long term. Through this effort, METI and the TSE aim to promote investment in such enterprises and accelerate enterprises’ efforts for encouraging women’s success in the workplace.

In the FY2017 initiative, METI and the TSE will evaluate and select candidate enterprises focusing on their current progress made in their own initiatives for encouraging women’s success in the workplace that contribute to their business achievements and the quality of their initiatives, not as a commitment preoccupied with superficial measures. Furthermore, they will also select enterprises that have been engaging in pioneering empowerment initiatives under the Noteworthy Enterprises category.

3. Outline of the event

  • Date and time: March 22 (Thur.), 2018; from 15:00-18:00 (the reception counter will open at 14:40.)
  • Venue: Iino Hall (4th floor of Iino Building, 2-1-1 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo)
  • Expected participants: Stakeholders in enterprises and press as well as people who are interested in the diversity management program
  • Organizers: METI; Co-organizer: TSE
  • Admission: Free (prior registration is required)
  • Program (tentative)
    • Announcement of the FY 2017 Nadeshiko Brands
      Speech: Mr. Moriyuki Iwanaga, Director, TSE
      Presenter: Ms. Maiko Ito, actress
    • Announcement of selected enterprises under the FY2017 Diversity Management Selection 100 Prime program
      Presenter: Ms. Maiko Ito, actress
    • Panel discussion
      Representatives of selected enterprises under the FY2017 Diversity Management Selection 100 Prime program
      Mr. Hiroki Sato, Professor, Graduate School of Strategic Management, Chuo University
      Ms. Yoshiko Takayama, Managing Director, J-Eurus IR
      Mr. Seiichiro Uchi, Managing Director/Client Coverage, MSCI Japan
    • Commendation ceremony and photo session of the FY2017 New Diversity Management Selection 100 program
      Speech: METI Parliamentary Vice-Minister (under coordination)
  • Prior registration: If you wish to attend the event, visit the website link below and access the registration form to complete prior registration.

Profile of Ms. Maiko Ito (actress), presenter of the event

As the first Grand-Prix winner of a beauty pageant contest organized by a manga magazine called “Miss Magazine” held in 1982, Ms. Ito started her career as an actress in a variety of fields, such as films, drama series and other TV programs. Continuing this career, in 2010, she joined an academic course in the Faculty of Human Sciences, Waseda University, to study robots for preventing locomotive syndrome, entered a doctor’s course at the university in April 2016 and completed her degree in 2017. She is now advancing her study focusing on “contribution to society” as her subject.

Release date

February 28, 2018

Division in Charge

Economic and Social Policy Office, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau

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