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Embracing diversity and inclusionEfforts to promote the active role of women

Approach to Promoting the Active Role of Women

The organization’s diversity is an important factor in raising human resource skills, the basis of innovation. We are taking steps to promote the active participation of women in the workplace with the aim of a corporate culture that reflects more than ever the diverse views and challenges of each and every employee in management and business.

The Kirin Group believes that the creation of an environment in which a diverse group of human resources can exchange opinions and leverage their strengths is essential for creating value that meets the ever-changing needs of its customers in the beverage, pharmaceutical, and bio-chemical businesses. The creation of such an environment is also crucial for enhancing corporate value. Based on this belief, the Group emphasizes the promotion of diversity within its management strategies and has been making efforts to promptly realize an organizational culture that allows women to demonstrate independence and creativity within their work. To offer women an even higher level of job satisfaction and promote an awareness among women to continue to pursue self-improvement, the Group provides support for career development and conducts training to cultivate future leaders. In addition, the Group has established the necessary systems and frameworks for women to fully enjoy major life events such as marriage and child birth together with their significant others. This section introduces the various initiatives the Kirin Group* is undertaking to promote the active role of women.

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The Kirin Group: Kirin Holdings Company, Limited, Kirin Brewing Company, Limited, Kirin Beverage Company, Ltd., Mercian Corporation, Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co., Ltd., etc.

Career Workshops

We offer career workshops in which women in their third year of employment and their supervisors can participate. These workshops provide female employees with an opportunity to consider ways to establish a fulfilling career path that realizes a balance with major life events.

Kirin Women’s College

We select a group of young and mid-career female employees to participate in Kirin Women’s College, a training program that aims to develop future leaders by enhancing business literacy. This program comprises six training sessions in total, each running from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., making it easy for employees who are raising children to participate. Women who are currently on childcare leave may also apply to participate in the program.*

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Under the assumption that such employees will have returned to work by the time the training program begins

Future Female Leader Training

Our Future Female Leader Training is a program that works to enhance the awareness of female employees who have developed their careers to a certain extent to aim for leadership positions in the future. At the same time, the program allows women to draw out their career path going forward and consider the role they may play in a future leadership position.

Forum for Employees on Childcare Leave

We offer the Forum for Employees on Childcare Leave in an effort to allow women on this leave of absence to return to work with peace of mind. Through dialogue with senior female employees and fellow mothers, this forum helps women prepare for working while raising children and provides an opportunity for them to consider their future careers. At the same time, the forum encourages the creation of an environment of mutual support in which women can cooperate with their significant others in terms of housework, raising children, and career development. In doing so, the forum helps women return to work smoothly and with peace of mind and engage in an active role after doing so.

Approving the “Declaration on Action by A Group of Male Leaders Who Will Create a Society in which Women Shine”

President and Representative Director of Kirin Holdings, Yoshinori Isozaki, approved the “Declaration on Action by A Group of Male Leaders Who Will Create a Society in which Women Shine,” which was drafted by the Gender Equality Bureau Cabinet Office.

Becoming a Signatory Company of the UN Women’s “Women’s Empowerment Principles”

In December 2012, Kirin Holdings became a signatory company of the “Women’s Empowerment Principles,” which were formulated through collaboration between UN Women, an organization that aims for gender equality and the empowerment of women, and the UN Global Compact. Taking into account these principles, Kirin Holdings will further promote efforts to encourage the active role of women while incorporating perspectives from external sources.

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