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Supporting Diverse Work Styles

To Promote Diversity

Logo of the New Diversity Management Selection 100
Logo of the New Diversity Management Selection 100

The Brother Group has been supporting diverse ways of working to enable employees to choose their own lifestyle, given laws in each country and region, labor environments and personal situations. We, as a true global company, have been committed to promoting diversity by reinforcing in-house systems and reforming employees' consciousness, with the goal in mind that the right personnel, who are excellent in ability, personality, talent and behavior, will be placed in the right positions across national boundaries and lead the Group.
In recognition of its efforts, Brother Industries, Ltd. (BIL) was selected as one of the winners of the FY2015 New Diversity Management Selection 100 project, by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry. BIL will continue providing employees with a working environment where they can fulfill their potential in various ways as well as the opportunity of taking on challenging jobs, regardless of gender, nationality, and disability.

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Activities to Support the Success of Women

A working group named "Team Ajisai" clarifies issues and proposes necessary measures

Members of "Team Ajisai"
Members of "Team Ajisai"
Career Community
Career Community

In FY2014, BIL launched a working group named "Team Ajisai," composed of female employees, with the aim of realizing a working environment that allows all women working in BIL can fully exercise their abilities and play more active roles. In FY2016, this team added new male members to conduct discussions from various viewpoints. "Team Ajisai" clarifies issues to be addressed for the promotion of women's empowerment and also proposes measures for such issues.

Based on the proposals from "Team Ajisai," BIL has been taking proactive approaches, such as the formulation of the "Commitment to Promotion of the Success of Women" and the "Action Plan to Support the Success of Women," the introduction of a homeworking system, and the holding of lectures by experts. BIL also introduces the career profiles of its female managers on the intranet and holds "Career Community," small-group discussion meetings in the company, in response to a request from "Team Ajisai" to share the careers of those who serve as role models in BIL. Furthermore, BIL promotes the active utilization of its trainee system designed for young employees to have a chance to work outside Japan, accepting the team's proposal that it is necessary for employees to experience working abroad in order to shape their careers.

SMB and S&S Business Development Dept., Brother Industries, Ltd. Mami Tomida

Voice of an employee who utilized the trainee system

Valuable experience to learn the importance of addressing challenges while developing mutual understanding

SMB and S&S Business Development Dept., Brother Industries, Ltd.
Mami Tomida

In my third year of joining Brother, I worked as a trainee for a sales company in Shanghai for three months from November 2015. I, belonging to Human Resource Dept. at that time, worked on the planning of an in-house training program while learning business conditions and personnel management in China. Through this process, I realized there existed some common issues between China and Japan while work processes and the way of thinking in China sometimes differed from those in Japan. I and the local staff eventually completed the plan after a great deal of trial and error, which was a valuable experience for me to learn the importance of approaching an issue by developing mutual understanding through conversations and seeing things from other people's eyes even when I am in a different culture. I will make use of the diverse knowledge, the sense of balance, and the relationship with many people that I obtained through this trainee system, for my work practices.

Main measures

FY 2014

Discussion with the president about the success of women
Discussion with the president about the success of women

  • Launched "Team Ajisai," a working group for the success of women
  • Held meetings between female employees and the president to discuss the successful performance of women
  • Started a new training course to support women's career development for female employees and their superiors (This course has been held continuously.)
  • Held a seminar to support those aiming at returning to work after taking childcare leave
  • Held a lecture for managers on promoting the success of women
  • Established "Career Rainbow," a website to introduce the careers of female managers on the intranet
FY 2015

Lecture to support career development
Lecture to support career development

  • Introduced a homeworking system
  • Held meetings between female employees and executives to discuss the successful performance of women
  • Held a lecture for managers to develop their female subordinates
  • Held a lecture for female employees to support their career development
  • Had a networking event with other companies for female skilled workers to consider their career development
FY 2016

External lecture by the president
External lecture by the president

  • Held "Career Community," composed of theme-based discussion meetings between female employees and their senior colleagues in BIL
  • Organized a cancer seminar for women
  • Held an external lecture by the president on the success of women
  • Held a networking event with other companies to consider women's careers

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Supporting Work-Life Balance

Enhancing systems and creating an atmosphere that allows employees to use them

Cancer seminar for women
Cancer seminar for women

BIL provides employees with various systems to support their work-life balance, including a flextime system, childcare leave, family-care leave, a short-time working system, and nursing care leave, so that they can continue working vigorously with no anxiety.
In FY2015, BIL introduced a homeworking system for employees engaging in childcare or family care, thereby giving employees more flexible work style choices.
Meanwhile, BIL focuses on making those systems much easier to use and creating an atmosphere that promotes the understanding of them in the company by incorporating the opinions of employees.

Since FY2011, BIL has held a seminar to consider how to strike a balance between work and family care in preparation for the arrival of an age with serious family-care problems in the near future, and since FY2014 it has also run a seminar to support those aiming at returning to work after taking childcare leave.
In FY2016, BIL held "Career Community," theme-based discussion meetings between female employees and their senior colleagues in the company, and a cancer seminar for women aiming to help female employees have accurate cancer knowledge and continue to work vigorously for long years. These were held during work hours so that employees were able to attend more easily.

Number of employees who use BIL's systems*1

  FY2014 FY2015 FY2016
Childcare leave*2 45(9) 57(12) 60(17)
Family-care leave*2 3(0) 0(0) 5(3)
Short-time working for childcare 130(5) 155(11) 153(5)
Short-time working for family-care 1(1) 1(1) 2(1)
Nursing care leave 27(11) 29(7) 31(8)
Homeworking - 29(6) 41(8)
  • *1: The numbers in the parentheses indicate those of male employees
  • *2: The number of those who started using the system in each fiscal year

Development Planning Dept., Brother Industries, Ltd. Yumiko Kawazoe

Voice of an employee who is utilizing the homeworking system

Carrying out my work in a concentrated and planned manner

Development Planning Dept., Brother Industries, Ltd.
Yumiko Kawazoe

I have been working at home once a week since the homeworking system was introduced. This system is very helpful for me because my husband is working abroad, and thus I have to work and take care of our two children by myself alone. I am making more efforts than ever to communicate with my superiors and colleagues to work at home in a concentrated and planned manner.