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Promoting Diversity and Inclusion

The business environment is currently in turmoil. If Kyocera Corporation is to continue to grow in the future, it is essential that we not only attract even more diverse human resources, but also bring out the skills of each employee as much as possible.

Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

Considering the promotion of women's careers in the workplace as its core management theme, Kyocera has conducted a wide variety of enlightenment programs since 2006 under the overall responsibility of the President, mainly focusing on developing more female managers, increasing the ratio of women to all applicants employed, supporting more systems to balance work and parenting, and bringing about a corporate culture reforms. As a result, the number of female managers as of April 2019 reached 79 (versus six in 2006). In 2019, the Diversity Promotion Division was established as a dedicated section to facilitate company-wide diversity promotion activities, targeting not only female employees but also all employees, based on the senior management’s policy. In addition, Site-Specific Diversity Promotion Committee was also set up at each of Kyocera's major domestic plants and offices. The main committee members are selected among employees at each workplace, so they are expected to carry out various activities and programs and respond to site-level opinions and issues on diversity.

Kyocera's Diversity and Inclusion Vision

We aim to be a dynamic and attractive company that takes on new challenges and continues to grow, by creating a work environment for diverse human resources to work with satisfaction, respecting the individuality and values of each employee and promoting diversity and inclusion.

Ideal state

Fostering a corporate culture that respects diversity

Transmitting the message from our top management

Promoting diversity and inclusion is in line with Kyocera Corporation’s Management Rationale, namely “to provide opportunities for the material and intellectual growth of all our employees, and through our joint efforts, contribute to the advancement of society and humankind.” We also recognize it to be an important management issue if Kyocera is to achieve future growth. Accordingly, we transmit this message from our top management and share it with all our employees via media such as our intranet website.

A message from the president on our intranet website
A message from the president on our intranet website

Workplace round-table discussions with top management, and articles in our company magazine

Employees with a diversity of backgrounds participate in discussions with top management based on the theme of “making diversity a Kyocera strength.” They exchange ideas on a variety of issues, drawing upon their diverse backgrounds; for example, some are not Japanese nationals, some joined us as mid-career hires, some have experience of child-rearing or nursing care, some have studied overseas, and some have a disability. The content of their discussions are then shared in our company newsletter.

A round-table discussion between our chairman and employees
A round-table discussion between our chairman and employees

Educational and awareness-raising activities for all employees

We run an e-learning course on unconscious bias for all our employees. This is part of our initiatives to foster a corporate culture that respects diversity.

Educational and Awareness-raising Activities for Managers

Diversity management training is run for management class employees. The aim is that they will acquire the mindset and management skills appropriate to an era of diversity.

An e-learning course on unconscious bias
An e-learning course on unconscious bias

Support Systems (to balance work and child-rearing, family nursing care, medical treatment, etc.)

Kyocera Group companies in Japan provide a variety of support mechanisms, including a parental leave program and a shortened workday system, to help employees balance their careers and parenthood. Employees providing family nursing care support can apply to have working hours shortened or adjusted for an indefinite period. Since it is important to reduce employees' anxiety regarding the balance between work and family obligations, the Guidebook for Balancing Career and Nursing Care is also available on the company’s intranet to provide relevant information to employees. A program allowing employees to take leave for up to two periods of as long as one year to allow for fertility treatment has been established as well.

Use of Main Support Systems (Kyocera Corporation)

(As of July 2021)

No. of employees using the
parental leave system:
138
No. of employees using the
shortened workday system:
532
No. of employees using the
work-hour change system:
95
Graph: Uptake of Support Systems

Figures for July (single month) from FY2018 to FY2022 are disclosed.

Main support systems

  System Details
Child-rearing Parental leave system The system is available until the day before the first birthday of the baby concerned. An extended use of the system (until the day before his/her second birthday) is also acceptable, depending on the situation.
Shortened workday system The system is available to female employees in pregnancy or until the child concerned finishes the sixth grade of elementary school. by up to two hours per day.
Work-hour change system The system is available to female employees in pregnancy or until the child concerned finishes the sixth grade of elementary school. The time to start/stop working can be delayed/advanced up to 90 minutes in total per day.
Subsidies for use of babysitters The system is available until the child concerned finishes the sixth grade of elementary school. The maximum annual amount of subsidy is 200,000 yen per child.
Child nursing care vacation The system is available to employees providing nursing care for their preschool-age children. Five days of vacation in total are allowed per year per care recipient child and ten days of vacation in the case of two or more care recipient children. Vacation can also be taken by the day or by the hour.
Nursing care Family nursing care leave system The system is available to employees providing family nursing care. A one-year of leave is acceptable in total per care receiver. (Vacation divided into several times can be also accepted.)
Shortened workday system There are no time limits for the use of the system. Working hours can be divided. They can also be shortened by up to two hours per day.
Work-hour change system There are no time limits for the use of the system. Work start/end times can be adjusted by up to 90 minutes in total per day.
Family nursing care vacation The system is available to employees providing family nursing care. Five days of vacation in total are allowed per year per care recipient and ten days of vacation in the case of two or more care recipients. Vacation can also be taken by the day or by the hour.
Medical treatment Shortened workday system Working hours can be shortened by up to two hours per day if deemed necessary by the company based on the diagnosis of a doctor or the judgment of an industrial physician.
Work-hour change system Work start times can be adjusted by up to 90 minutes in total per day if deemed necessary by the company based on the diagnosis of a doctor or the judgment of an industrial physician.
Support system for fertility treatment Leave can be taken for up to two periods of up to one year. Accumulated annual leave can be taken by the hour.
Other Come-back entry system The system allows employees, who once left Kyocera for reasons such as child-rearing, family nursing care, or other personal reasons, to reenter the company. Former Kyocera employees are eligible for this system within seven years after their departure. When a former employee applies for reentry, Kyocera's job openings and the applicant's desire will be reviewed for appropriateness, and his/her re-employment will be approved if they are matched.
Paid vacation system on an hourly basis The system allows employees to take a paid leave by the hour (up to three hours per day) for the purposes of family/child nursing care, parenting, participation in the school events of their children, or their own medical treatment.
System of leave in the case of spouse transferring overseas Employees who are unable to continue their duties as a result of their spouse being transferred overseas may take leave for a maximum of five years.
Photo: Guidebook for Balancing Career and Nursing Care
Guidebook for Balancing Career and Nursing Care
Image: Certification mark
Certification mark

Creating a comfortable workplace environment for all our employees

Promoting an understanding of LGBT issues

We have revised our in-house regulations to recognize same-sex partners as spouses, and to prohibit conduct that, in word or deed, disadvantages another employee in connection with their sexual orientation or gender identity.
In addition to revising the regulations, we are implementing the following initiatives aimed at promoting an understanding of LGBT issues.

Publication of SOGI and LGBT guidelines

Inviting outside lecturers to boost awareness in human resources and labor divisions
(Videos of the training are also posted on our intranet website)

Our SOGI and LGBT Guidelines
Our SOGI and LGBT Guidelines

Awarded Silver Rating in the PRIDE Index 2020

Kyocera was awarded a Silver rating in the PRIDE Index 2020, an index that evaluates companies’ initiatives relating to LGBT individuals and other members of sexual minority groups.

PRIDE Index 2020 Silver

Training diverse human resources and encouraging them to play an active role in the company

Promoting female engagement (encouraging the promotion of women to managerial and executive positions)

Our target is for Kyocera Corporation to have 6% of management positions held by women by March 2023. We are improving training opportunities for management candidates, and actively promoting capable female employees to managerial positions. Moreover, as of April 2020 we have one female director and two female executive officers.

Average ratio of female managers in the electronic component, device and circuit manufacturing industry

Transitions in the numbers and ratios of female managers (Kyocera Corporation)

Period: July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022
Electronic component, device and circuit manufacturing industry
Electrical machinery and appliance manufacturing industry
Information and communication equipment manufacturing industry

Reference: Average ratios of management positions held by women in Japan, by industry — The average ratio in electronic component, device and circuit manufacturing, electrical machinery and appliance manufacturing, and information and communication equipment manufacturing industries was 3.6% (period: July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022)
Source: "Average values" in standards relating to certification systems based on the Act on the Promotion of Female Participation and Career Advancement in the Workplace, Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (June 2021)

Kyocera continues to position the promotion of women's participation in the workplace as a high-priority management issue, and is actively engaging in continuing efforts to enhance workplace equality.

Overview of Activities and Targets

Role Model Discussion

The Role Model Discussion provides the opportunity for five female employees to share their experiences working in a range of divisions. The initiative is designed to inspire attendees to plan out their own positive, proactive role within their workplace.
The five role models share their experiences by speaking on range of topics including their approach to work and their dreams and ambitions. They provide valuable advice about how to achieve a more fulfilling lifestyle through a better work-life balance and, also provide hints about how employees can enhance their lives outside work.

Role Model Discussion

Female Employee Statistics

As of April 1, 2021

Percentage of female employees* 19.1% (Number of female employees: 3,689 / Total number of employees: 19,279)
Percentage of female managers* 3.7% (Number of female managers: 121 / Total number of managers: 3,266)
Percentage of management positions in profitable divisions held by women* 2.49% (Number of female managers: 65 / Total number of managers: 2,613)
Percentage of women in executive positions and above 7.9% (Number of female executives: 3 / Total number of executives: 38)

Kyocera Corporation

Equal Pay

Male to female earnings ratio for managers (basic salary) Male: 100 Female: 87.6
Male to female earnings ratio for managers (basic salary and other remuneration) Male: 100 Female: 88.1
Male to female earnings ratio for employees Male: 100 Female: 73.1

Adapting to Globalization

Since Kyocera's first overseas office was established in 1968 (U.S.A.), localization has been the basic principle of recruitment. The Kyocera Group has always tried to appoint local employees to management positions. Kyocera directly employs students who graduate from Chinese universities and graduate schools from the viewpoint of the employment and development of personnel who will lead our global development in the future. We will also continue to employ foreign students studying in Japan.

Ratio & Number of Employees by Region (as of March 2021)

Pie chart: Ratio & No. of Employees by Region
Bar graph: Ratio & No. of Employees by Region

Employment for People with Disabilities

Kyocera is committed to the hiring of people with disabilities and to promoting their continued employment. Employees with disabilities hired by Kyocera are assigned with consideration so that their jobs and workplaces match their capabilities. As of April 2020, the rate of employees with disabilities was 2.24%. Kyocera intends to develop specific action plans and actively employ people with disabilities to enhance the ratio of employees with disabilities.

Number/Employment Rate of Employees with Disabilities

Image: Number/Employment Rate of Employees with Disabilities

A part-time employee is counted as 0.5 people in the calculation above.

Message from Diversity Promotion Division

Making Diversity a Strength for Kyocera

Management based on the bonds of human minds is a principle Kyocera has kept since its founding. Employees with different experiences and values have cared for and helped each other like a family, striving together with the goal of making Kyocera a wonderful company. This view is consistent with diversity & inclusion, a concept which aims to pursue respect for the human rights and diverse personalities of all individuals. Implementation of this concept will result in the happiness of all employees, growth of the company, and contribution to the development of society; this represents a key aspect of management at Kyocera.
Today, Kyocera is a corporate entity with true diversity, where employees with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and skills are gathered together on a global scale. To achieve future growth, it is necessary to maximize use unique capabilities of each employee, turning them into a strength for Kyocera to create new technological and business innovations.
To strongly promote diversity & inclusion throughout the Group, Kyocera created the Diversity Promotion Division in 2019 as a dedicated division. We have set a high goal of promoting female engagement, especially in Japan, by doubling the percentage of women in management to 6% by FY2023. At the same time, we aim to become a company where not only women but all employees will be motivated and play active roles in their daily work. I will do my utmost as an Executive Officer in charge of diversity promotion to make this goal a reality.

Executive Officer General Manager of Corporate Communications Division and Diversity Promotion Division Eri Yoshikawa
Executive Officer
General Manager of Corporate Communications Division
and Diversity Promotion Division
Eri Yoshikawa