Principal Themes：Human Rights and Labor
Diversity & Inclusion
DNP has devoted efforts to supporting active roles of its employees who are irreplaceable assets and who have driven innovation since our founding. DNP will respect every difference of each person and will synergize these as strengths for creating new value.
- Structure to Promote Management
- Fostering a Culture that Diverse Human Resources Can Play Active Roles
- Initiatives and Systems that Support Active Roles of Diverse Human Resources
Synergizing the diversity of our employees as a Strength to provide optimized value for diverse people
DNP focuses on developing and providing optimal value to diverse people in diverse societies. To achieve this, it is first important for us to actively promote Diversity & Inclusion (D&I). Our basic policies for promoting D&I are "developing diverse human resources," "realizing diverse work styles" and "fostering a corporate culture to encourage the active participation of diverse human resources."
Regarding our policy of developing diverse human resources, we are currently focusing on "diversifying decision makers." This will create opportunities that encourage active participation by diverse human resources, which will lead to thorough compliance and the creation of a risk-proof organization. The largest group of employees within the company that possesses diverse knowledge and experience is our female employees. DNP has been promoting women for more than 20 years. We have increased the number of female employees hired, promoted to management positions and increased women's length of service, especially following the establishment of a department in charge of diversity promotion in 2016. As the director in charge, I continue to incorporate D&I perspectives when interacting with the Board of Directors and in other initiatives such as system revisions. In parallel with work style reform and management reform throughout the organization, we are focusing on training for developing next-generation leaders and a Sponsorship Program for developing senior management positions to eliminate all gender gaps.
For our policy on realizing diverse work styles, DNP is focused on "reforming employees' awareness." As society faces drastic change, it is more and more important for employees to engage in self-directed learning. DNP is not only responding to change, but is also encouraging employees to take initiative and create positive impact in society. This is possible through events including Diversity Week, an internal event that has been held since 2021, and by encouraging male employees to take childcare leave and managers to take paid leave, alongside other efforts to achieve work-life balance. These efforts have yielded positive results, such as an 82.4% male childcare leave utilization rate in fiscal year 2021.
To foster a corporate culture that encourages active participation by diverse human resources, the Diversity & Inclusion Promotion Committee, which is comprised of top executives from each division and Group company, plays a central role in promoting "Taiwa (dialogue) and collaboration" among employees with diverse strengths, and strives to ensure a high level of psychological safety at the company. The committee also shares with the entire company cases of initiatives and issues from different divisions in Japan and overseas, including sales, planning, technology development, manufacturing and administration, and works to demonstrate the collective strength of "All DNP" as a unified group.
We will continue to enhance the power of each and every employee by strongly promoting D&I, and synergize our employees' diverse strengths to achieve a better, more sustainable society.
Minako Miyama, Director
Structure to Promote Management
DNP has established the Diversity & Inclusion(D&I) Promotion Department under the Managing Director in charge and the direct control of the head office as the promotion organization for permeating and firmly positioning D&I throughout the Group. Moreover, we are accelerating the promotion of diversity in collaboration with the D&I Promotion Committee and the secretariat of each business unit and Group company throughout the country.In 2020, we introduced the DNP Group Diversity Declaration as top management’s commitment to promote diversity as we strengthen the further promotion of diversity.
DNP Group Diversity Declaration
1. We will take the lead in working to promote diversity and inclusion. 2. We will transform the awareness of managers into a "Dialogue style" that utilizes the differences of each and every person as strengths. 3. We will make ourselves a company where each and every employee can actively take on challenges and create new value.
July 17, 2020
Yoshinari Kitajima, President
In 1997, DNP increased its recruitment of women and expanded the scope of their work. It has been promoting Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) since then with the goal of developing a corporate culture that enables diverse human resources to play active roles. In 2016, we established the Diversity Promotion Office within the Employee Relations Department in the head office and the Diversity Promotion Committee in each business unit and Group company. We converted the then-Diversity Promotion Office (currently the D&I Promotion Department) into an independent, dedicated organization in June 2018 in our continued efforts to eliminate the gender gap and leverage the diverse strengths of all employees, including persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+, senior and non-Japanese employees.
General business operator action plan
To accelerate the creation of new value, the DNP Group promotes the active participation of women and all other employees and focuses on the development of the next generation for the future. For example, we establish and implement action plans based on laws, including the setting of targets for the percentage of females in section managers or higher positions and the ratio of male employees taking childcare leave.
Setting “D&I perception level”
We have established “D&I perception level” as our own internal indicator for measuring the entrenchment of D&I among employees, conduct surveys of our employees, and develop measures based on the results.
Recognition from Society
The efforts of DNP, aiming to create new value by promoting D&I, are highly recognized outside the company as well.
Fostering a Culture that Diverse Human Resources Can Play Active Roles
Since 2021, we have held annual internal events to cultivate the sense of involvement of employees with diverse strengths that they are the members who themselves constitute DNP’s diversity and to promote dialogue to enable employees to synergize their strengths. Many employees view D&I positively, which is shown in their actions.
Implementing Diversity & Inclusion Training
DNP enhances the following opportunities for training to support the activities of diverse human resources.
- Diversity Course, LGBTQ+ Training and Normalization Education Training to deepen employees’ understanding of D&I
- Mentor Development Training for the mentor system
- Practical Leadership Training to promote the active involvement of women
- Sponsorship Program facilitating the appointment of women as decision-makers and increasing the diversity of the people in senior management positions
- D&I Promotion Leader Training for decision-making and leadership in policies for organizational D&I promotion activities
Under this system, senior employees (mentors) who have completed “mentor development training” utilize their own accumulated experience and knowledge while providing necessary information and advice to employees (mentees) who have worries in undertaking their jobs. By doing so, this system provides support for enabling mentees themselves to solve problems in a way suited to them.
With the aim of maintaining a healthy work environment, we have formulated sexual harassment prevention regulations, power harassment prevention regulations and maternity harassment/care harassment prevention regulations as we have established essential measures for the prevention and early detection of problems and for devising appropriate solutions.
Promoting the Active Role of Woman
DNP has been implementing relevant measures in accordance with an action plan formulated under the Women’s Participation Promotion Act. With the aim of continuously producing female employees who will assume leadership roles and involve in organizational decision-making, we have been providing systematic training to increase the number of actively engaging female employees at each job level. In fiscal 2021, in particular, we launched the Sponsorship Program to promote the appointment of women as decision-makers and increase the diversity of the people in senior management positions. The program, targeting female managers (section or department managers), is a joint effort of three parties to nurture capabilities required for higher positions in the workplace hierarchy. These three parties include a participant (female manager), a sponsor (corporate officer or general manager of other divisions) and the owner (the head of the department to which the participant belongs).
In 2019, we expanded the scope of employees included in our promotion of diversity and worked to foster an understanding of the situations faced by LGBTQ+ people to improve activities to create a corporate culture that better leverages diversity. In e-learning training for all employees, we addressed issues faced by LGBTQ+ people in the workplace and conveyed the necessity and significance of having basic knowledge about all genders, gender identities, sexual orientations and gender expressions and the efforts to accept diversity and prevent SOGI harassment. We are also implementing D&I activities such as by not requiring gender entry in job recruitment and reviewing our systems. In addition to internal activities, we participate in various social activities such as Pride House Tokyo to demonstrate DNP’s stance and actions both internally and outside the company. In November 2021, DNP was recognized for these activities, and received the PRIDE Index’s Gold rating, the highest rating established by work with Pride, a voluntary association which promotes the creation of workplaces that are comfortable for LGBTQ+ employees as well.
Initiatives and Systems that Support Active Roles of Diverse Human Resources
Work Style Reform
The DNP Group launched a labor-management project in 2004 and started initiatives such as reducing working hours by improving work efficiency and promoting the taking of annual paid leave. Since 2009, as work style reform activities, DNP has advanced these initiatives to the stage of effectively utilizing time resources and increasing the added value of work. Presently, DNP is working to maintain and improve the physical and mental health of each and every employee to realize “work styles that create value.” Concurrently, DNP is promoting the creation of an organizational culture that raises engagement so that employees can feel both job satisfaction and ease of work.
We have built flexible work systems suited to the job characteristics of each person.
●Flexible work systems ●Discretionary work system ●Short-time work system, etc.
Moreover, we have established diverse leave systems matched to the lifestyle of each person.
● Annual paid leave (maximum 20 days annually) ● Childcare leave (five-day paid leave per child) ● Life support special leave (the number of days equivalent to an annual paid leave of each person that has expired in the last two years when the employee needs leave for caregiving, illness, etc. and leave is approved by the company), etc.
Support for Balancing Work and Childcare/Nursing Care
DNP has established the “Return to work from childcare leave program.” This system aims at creating an environment in which employees can take leave for childbirth and childcare with a sense of reassurance, smoothly return to their workplaces, and balance their work with household duties while deploying their capabilities.
The seminar, Kangaroo Club, to support balancing work and childcare
We provide annual seminars for employees to think together with their partners about balancing work and childcare, share their current anxieties and concerns and visions for the future, and build a vibrant career even during childcare. Many employees and their partners participate in the Pre-Mom and Dad seminars for those expecting a baby within one year and the “Returning Employees” seminars for those on maternity leave/childcare leave or raising children three years of age or under, and their partners.
Encouraging male employees to take childcare leave
In December 2020, DNP announced its participation in the Male 100% Childcare Leave Declaration both internally and externally. We provide information about our childcare leave and other programs to both male and female employees who have reported their or their spouse’s pregnancy or the birth of a child and interview employees to confirm their intentions regarding taking a leave of absence. In addition to sharing information about the activities of the D&I Promotion Committee in which DNP Group management participates, we share within the company the relevant issues and experiences of male employees who have taken childcare leave to encourage other employees planning to take childcare leave in the near future by giving them tips such as how to take childcare leave, changes in behavior, perceptions, etc. after taking leave. This helps to facilitate the understanding of male childcare leave takers among their supervisors and colleagues in the workplace. As a result of these efforts, the ratio of male employees taking childcare leave increased to 82.4% in the fiscal year 2021.
Other Childcare Support Systems
We support employees and their families in balancing work and childcare even after employees return to work through various systems that include assistance for babysitting fees, assistance for childcare facility fees, nursing care leave, and special leave for life support.
Supporting a Balance Between Work and Nursing Care
We provide information in a handbook which is a compilation of basic knowledge, programs, reference cases, etc. about nursing care. We are enhancing support tailored to the life stage of each employee, such as a family care leave system that allows each employee to take leave an unlimited number of times up to 366 days per each care recipient and enables them to have periodical consultations regarding nursing care.
Firmly Establishing the Employment of People with Disabilities
Over long years, DNP has been promoting efforts throughout the entire Group for recruitment, settlement, and support of the active participation of people with disabilities with the aim of creating workplaces where these persons can play active roles in keeping with the basic concept of “normalization,” which helps create a society in which all people live equally comfortable lives regardless of any disabilities. To further promote these initiatives, in February 2019, we established DNP Business Partners Co., Ltd. primarily employing people with disabilities. In October of the same year, this company obtained certification as a special subsidiary from the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare. We will support the employment of people with disabilities by the Group companies and expand cross-organizational operations within the Group to create opportunities for many more employees to actively participate. Moreover, we decided to support the ideas and efforts of the Valuable 500, a global organization engaged in activities facilitating people with disabilities to play an active role in society, and joined the organization in July 2020.
Support for Other Various Work Styles
Employment of Elderly Persons (Flexible Retirement System)
We have introduced a flexible retirement system that enables employees to continue working as professionals at workplaces even after they reach age 60.
Reemployment of Retired Employees (Return-to-Work System)
This system enables the re-employment of former DNP Group employees under certain conditions. We re-employ, as appropriate, former employees wishing to resume their work in the DNP Group as human resources with diverse values and careers who are able to use the knowledge, skills, career achievements and life experiences acquired during their time in other companies or organizations.
Non-Regular to Regular Employee Conversion System
To draw out the capabilities of each person to the fullest and ensure this enables us to deploy our total strengths as an organization, we introduced this system for hiring as regular employees those outstanding part-time and non-regular staff who have a positive attitude toward their jobs and play large roles.
Based on the premise of establishing and utilizing an IT environment, we are promoting the integration of telework, satellite office work, and mobile work as well as a large expansion of measures for doing so.
Side Jobs/Dual (or Multiple) Jobs
We allow some side-jobs and dual jobs involving various types of innovation and that lead to the creation of new value through DNP so long as these do not interfere with our core business.
Life Planning Promotion System
We provide guidance and seminars through labor-management co-sponsorships for each employee to enable them to develop their own optimal life plan and provide information related to life plans such as information about retirement allowance and public pensions.
In the fiscal year 2021, these events were held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The age requirement for receiving Second Life Preparation Guidance was reduced from 53 to 50 to enable employees to prepare for their retirement at an earlier stage. A total of 941 employees and their family members participated in the four sessions that were held. Three Before Retirement Guidance sessions were held with 354 employees and family members participating. Two Life Planning Seminar You Start in Your 20s sessions were held with 113 employees participating.
- *Post-retirement Life Preparation Guidance
This is a joint labor-management guidance for DNP Group employees who are turning 54 years old. To realize a fulfilling and rich post-retirement life, this guidance explains the key points in preparing for the future from the three aspects of “life purpose, health and household finances.” In particular, the guidance’s explanation of the expected amount of public pension, which is the main source of income for a post-retirement life, as well as the estimated amount of retirement allowance, is a highly acclaimed approach. In addition to the Post-retirement Life Preparation Guidance, numerous persons also participate in the Before Retirement Guidance for employees turning 58 years old.
Life Planning Consultation Office
We have established and operate a life plan consultation office to facilitate our employees and their families’ realization of more fulfilling life plans using the social insurance system and the company’s welfare program.
We consulted with people 230 times in the fiscal year 2021. The consultations with employees in a wide age range from their 20s to their 60s were conducted in various forms, such as in-person, online and email Q&A sessions.
We have built a system enabling employees to consult with experts on issues such as housing (financial planning and property selection, design, construction, remodeling), laws (inheritance, family, traffic accidents), taxation and harassment and other matters related to human rights. In FY 2021, in addition to the permanent consultation services in Tokyo and Osaka, on-site consultations were held at six locations nationwide and 500 people consulted.
- *Other main consultation contact points for employees
Besides the Life Planning Consultation Office and the Consultation Office, we operate the Open Door Room and the Global Internal Whistle-blowing System as consultation and whistle-blowing contact points for matters concerning corporate ethics in line with efforts to raise management fairness. Additionally, the Career Counseling Office is supporting the diverse career designs of employees.
Employee Awareness Surveys
DNP has presented TAIWA (dialogue) as one of its Guiding Principles established in 2001 and been implementing a variety of employee surveys on a regular basis to reflect the voices of employees in corporate activities. Currently, we conduct a monthly survey of about 30,000 employees with the goal of understanding the status of employee engagement and the conditions at each workplace and developing a better corporate culture. Each organization engages in dialogue based on the survey results, which is used in improvement activities on various themes and to strengthen management. Further, we conduct fact-finding surveys regarding various styles of working due to the increase in telecommuting, the promotion of diversity and inclusion and other themes, to understand employees’ voices for the consideration of better personnel systems.
Renshikai (Mutual Relief Association)
The Company and its labor union contributed their own respective funds to establish a fund, and thereby have built an original system that allows the two parties to work together for operating various mutual aid programs.
DNP Family Friendly Days
We regularly hold the DNP Family Friendly Days (“FFD”), which are workplace tours for children aimed at promoting children’s interest in work as they will be the people who will take charge of the next generation, and facilitating their communication with their families, who are our employees. Through FFD, we provide opportunities to increase the motivation of employees and for employees to think about work-life balance with their families or organizations.
In the fiscal year 2021, we held FFD online due to activity restrictions related to COVID-19.