JVCKENWOOD recognizes the Promotion of Diversity & Inclusion as a key strategy. In order for us to make a further leap forward, it is essential that all employees exercise their skills to the maximum in their respective positions. We are creating a lively organization for employees with diverse backgrounds in areas including race, nationality, religion, culture, disability, work style, age, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity. We believe this will allow them to work enthusiastically and increase employee engagement, which will help to revitalize our company and improve its performance. We will continue striving to foster an organizational climate that respects diversity, and in this way we aim to create innovation and contribute to a sustainable society through business activities.
Conceptual diagram of diversity
At JVCKENWOOD, the Sustainability Management Office and Human Resources Department's Diversity Promotion Office are responsible for promoting diversity and inclusion across the company and managing its progress.
In order to promote diversity and inclusion companywide it is essential to instill a diversity mindset and increase understanding among employees. That’s why the Diversity Promotion Office is implementing measures to create a culture of diversity while actively communicating with relevant departments. The Sustainability Management Office and the Human Resources Department's Diversity Promotion Office annually report on the progress of its diversity and inclusion strategies and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) at the Board of Directors.
JVCKENWOOD recognizes that fostering an organizational climate, enhancing communication, and revitalizing the organization are the three pillars of its diversity strategy. Through continuous efforts to achieve the strategy, we seek to create a lively organization where each and every one of our employees can work enthusiastically and to contribute to a sustainable society through innovation creation and business activities. To realize an organization where each and every employee can play an active role, we appoint people with various backgrounds to executive positions so that everyone is evaluated fairly.
Aiming to achieve a ratio of 8.0% for women in executive positions* (FY2024), we provide women employees with educational training and enhanced childcare leave, etc. so that they work enthusiastically. As a result, the ratio of our women employees in executive positions reached 5.6% as of March 2022, up from 2.1% in 2015.
JVCKENWOOD's ratio of mid-career hires is 88.9% as of the end of March 31, 2022. In terms of recruitment, the Company is committed to hiring the necessary human resources widely by opening doors to not only new graduates but also mid-career workers in their late twenties and thirties. Through absorbing the knowledge of people who have worked in various environments, we strive to maintain our competitiveness and productivity. 5 of the 24 mid-career hires in FY2021 were hired for executive positions.
With business sites located across the world, the Group encourages foreign employees to apply for executive positions, for example, by appointing local employees as the head of their business sites. The Company has appointed 20 foreign workers as of the end of March 2022, including 5 in executive positions.
With the aim of fostering an internal culture that enables everyone to be assessed fairly for their performance and play active roles regardless of race, nationality, religion, culture, disability, work style, age, gender, gender identity and sexual orientation, we have made a variety of efforts since 2015.
SDGs Forum 2021 was held for all JVCKENWOOD Group employees to promote their understanding of SDGs and foster a corporate culture.
For further details, see SDGs Forum 2021
To ensure diversity as an established part of our corporate culture, all employees in the JVCKENWOOD Group take diversity training using an e-Learning platform to foster an awareness of diversity among employees.
The timeline of JVCKENWOOD's diversity and inclusion initiatives is shown below.
Please see below for more details of the initiatives.
JVCKENWOOD has designed a Diversity Logo Mark as a symbol of its efforts to promote diversity.
The logo depicts people with a diversity of values joining hands and making way for the future as one. With the image of a fusion of differing races, genders, and values in mind, and we designed the logo using a broad range of colors, including JVCKENWOOD’s corporate color of blue. This logo, used on the company’s brochures, business cards, and other materials to raise awareness inside and outside the company, symbolizes our company’s commitment to diversity.
Diversity Logo Mark
* The proportion of women executive positions is in JVCKENWOOD only.