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Diversity Management

Basic Approach

As a general trading company, Sojitz seeks to create new value in an increasingly diverse and changing business environment, together with our global partners of various backgrounds and values.

If we are to demonstrate our competitive advantage in the long-term and achieve sustainable growth, we believe that it will become increasingly important for us to capitalize on our differences through “diversity management.”

Our people are the driving force behind our value creation. That’s why we are working to create systems for diversity management and create comfortable working environments, so that each of these employees will respect diversity, utilize their unique strengths to excel, and translate the diversity of their organizations into results.

Diversity Management Slogan

All employees excel with their individual strengths and achieve
“New way, New value” through new ideas and challenges.

Sojitz’s Approach to Diversity Management

Respect diversity of backgrounds and values

・Work-life Management: Ensure employees’ personal lives and work are both fulfilling in order to foster synergy between them.

・Diversity: Link individuals’ unique strengths to results

異なる属性・価値観の多様性を尊重する

Main Themes

  • ・Managing diverse human resources
  • ・Empowering women in the workplace
  • ・Balancing work with care for family members; empowering employees nearing retirement age; utilizing talent of diverse nationalities; employing persons with disabilities; fostering understanding of LGBT

System to Promote Diversity

The president (CEO) holds chief responsibility for diversity at Sojitz, with diversity topics regularly reported to and discussed by the Management Committee. We have also established a Diversity Management Section within the Corporate Sustainability Office, itself an organization directly managed by a representative director of the company. The Diversity Management Section works with the Human Resources Department and other related organizations to plan, administrate, and promote diversity policies which synergize with work style reforms, health management, and other measures, in order to link the promotion of diversity to long-term, sustainable growth for Sojitz.

Furthermore, we have included a category in the “human resource development” section of the organization performance evaluation which measures the degree to which an organization contributed to “utilization of diverse talent / diversity management,” in order to accelerate diversity initiatives throughout the company.

Managing Diversity

The importance of diversity management—utilizing the unique backgrounds and values of female employees, employees with children, employees taking care of family members, and other diverse human resources—is repeated in company-wide messages from the president and at training seminars for manager-level employees.

We have also announced a “Sojitz Commitment to IkuBoss” which aims to increase the number of management-level employees who embody diversity management. These managers not only develop, empower, and leverage the diversity of each subordinate, but ensure they themselves maintain physical and mental health to excel in the workplace. We are working to spread understanding of this “IkuBoss” ideal throughout the company.

The Sojitz Commitment to IkuBoss

An IkuBoss at Sojitz understands the diverse values, working styles, and career histories of each subordinate, helping them leverage their unique strengths to create results.

At times, an IkuBoss at Sojitz may entrust subordinates with difficult tasks; at other times, an IkuBoss may play the unsung hero, working behind the scenes. An IkuBoss seeks to create both strong individuals and a strong team.

An IkuBoss at Sojitz strives to achieve work-life management which places due value on both subordinates’ work and personal lives to facilitate a healthy working culture and crate New way, New value.

October 2018

* The “IkuBoss Corporate Alliance” is a network comprised of companies seeking to develop the next generation of ideal leaders, or “IkuBosses.” These managers are defined as bosses who not only encourage staff and subordinates to pursue professional development alongside their personal lives (work-life balance), but who can take time to enjoy their personal lives themselves while still ensuring the organization produces results. The member companies of the IkuBoss Corporate Alliance understand how necessary IkuBosses are for a healthy workplace, and they are actively working to change management mindsets within their organization.

Related Link

  • The Sojitz Commitment to IkuBoss
  • Examples of Other Diversity Initiatives:Diversity Management Training

    We held Diversity Management Training for managers and general managers in FY2018, on the topic of “Management which Leverages Diversity to Maximize Results.”

    Participant Comments:

    “The training reminded me that ’Diversity’ isn’t just some buzzword; it’s an essential part of Sojitz’s business management strategy.”
    “I want to communicate more with female staff in order to provide them with more opportunities for assignment overseas, organizational transfers, and new duties, while giving more attention to the timing that’s best for them.”

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