Understanding and caring for the people you work with can make a big difference in the way employees work and perform. We believe that a culture that respects each individual will become a source of power and increase opportunities for innovation. We take a broad definition of diversity which includes not only nationality, gender, age and other personal attributes, but also the different specialties and approaches required for each job as well as differences in values and lifestyle. We understand that crucial aspect for developing global businesses and creating innovation is that all employees actively accept each other’s diversity and exhibit their abilities to the greatest extent possible. As such, we engage in initiatives to foster a culture of mutual respect among employees. We also take initiatives to develop a workplace environment that enables employees to balance their work with childbirth, parenting, nursing care of family members, and other life events, while continuing to do meaningful work.

Signing of Statement of Support for the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs)

In December 2016, former CEO of Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd., George Nakayama, signed a Statement of Support for the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs). Established through joint efforts between the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the WEPs are a set of principles for guiding companies, like Daiichi Sankyo Company, to implement voluntary measures for empowering female employees. The decision to endorse the WEPs is a testament to Nakayama's commitment to helping realize the necessary workplace environment and social climate to empower women in the workplace, marketplace, and community. We will proceed to follow the seven principles to enhance our initiatives for promoting the active participation of women in corporate activities.

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7 Principles

  1. Principle 1: Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality
  2. Principle 2: Treat all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and nondiscrimination
  3. Principle 3: Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers
  4. Principle 4: Promote education, training and professional development for women

Initiatives Based on Action Plan for Empowering Women

We seek to address three main objectives: (1) encouraging the professional development of female employees, (2) supporting work-life balance, and (3) fostering a positive workplace culture. We are implementing a wide range of initiatives, across our member companies, to address these tasks including providing various training programs and enhancing systems for supporting work-life balance.

One of our recent initiatives was "2019 HBA European Leadership Summit" which took place in Paris, France. The summit is HBA Europe's annual signature European Leadership Summit convened over 300 healthcare leaders in Paris ,including our employees from European regions, enjoy interactive workshops, TED-style talks, networking and expert speakers discussing the steps they are undertaking within their organizations in order to achieve gender parity. Learn more about this event at HBA site.
Another example of our initiatives in Japan is that we introduced a program in fiscal 2017 called Female Leader Development Training. In order to foster a positive workplace culture, we have striven to promote understanding in the management of the organization among newly appointed managerial employees so as to appreciate the variety in team members, and to view these differences as strengths, thus improving the capability of the organization.
Going forward, in Japan, Daiichi Sankyo will continue to take initiatives based on its action plan to create a workplace environment in which female employees can develop their career over the long term and contribute in managerial positions or in roles as line managers.

Creating a Workplace Environment that Empowers People with Disabilities

We set a medium-term policy for the employment of people with disabilities in Japan, and promotes such employment at Group companies such as Daiichi Sankyo Happiness (a special subsidiary company that meets the terms of the Act on the Promotion of the Employment of Disabled Persons). We subdivide and simplify workplace tasks to enable people with disabilities to become active
participants, taking on work from various other Group companies. In FY2019, the Daiichi Sankyo Group companies in Japan employed individuals with disabilities at a ratio of 2.3% (the legally required employment ratio is 2.2%).