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Diversity and Inclusion

Since our founding as Fukutake Publishing Co., Ltd. in 1955, Benesse has developed the potential of its people, helped in their growth, and expanded our businesses by putting people first, a trusted quality.To support these businesses and to enable the resolution of social problems, we aim to be a company where diverse personnel with diverse ideas are able to demonstrate their personalities and abilities and flourish.We have also explicitly prohibited discrimination and the infringement of human rights in the Benesse Group Human Rights Policy. Moreover, we work to respond to changing values corresponding to the work styles and career awareness of our diversified personnel.

Based on our corporate philosophy of “Benesse – well-being,” our diverse workforce continues to take on challenges while making use of the strengths they have developed, and we use this in efforts to solve social problems through our business.

System and Structure

The Benesse Holdings Group Personnel Headquarters coordinates with related personnel departments at each Group company, supervising and supporting the activities of each company.Policies and issues are regularly discussed at Group human resource manager meetings of the human resource managers of each company.

We also actively promote the employment of workers with disabilities, and we have created an employment system in cooperation with Benesse Holdings, all Group companies, and Benesse Business Mate, a special-purpose subsidiary established for the purpose of employing workers with disabilities.


Arrangements for employment of people with disabilities in the Benesse Group

Division Role Responsibilities
Benesse Holdings Human Resource Department Responsibility for employment of people with disabilities in the group
  • Development and supervision of guidelines on group employment of people with disabilities and related guidance
Benesse Business Mate
(hosts the Disabled Employment Promotion Office)
Secretariat for employment of people with disabilities by group companies, employment and retainment support
  • Development of know-how on employment of people with disabilities
  • Support for employment of people with disabilities by group companies
  • Counseling service for people with disabilities working in the group
Group companies Employment of people with disabilities at the level of individual companies
  • Development and implementation of plans to employ people with disabilities
Benesse Holdings, Inc., Benesse Holdings, Inc. Sustainability Promotion, Benesse Holdings, Inc. Corporate Communications & Investor Relations Department, Benesse Holdings, Inc. Administrative Division, Benesse Corporation, Benesse Foundation for Children, Benesse Educational Research and Development Institute, Berlitz Corporation, SIMUL INTERNATIONAL, INC., Tokyo Individualized Educational Institute, INC.,, Ochanomizu Seminar Co., Ltd., UP Inc., Benesse Style Care Co., Ltd., Benesse Business-mate, Inc., Benesse Socius, Inc., Fukutake Foundation, FUKUTAKE EDUCATION AND CULTURE FOUNDATION, CLASSICO Inc.

Promoting Active Participation of Women in the Workforce

Consumer-oriented perspectives are crucial to the Benesse Group's businesses, such as the education and childcare business and senior/nursing care business. Thus, all human resources, regardless of their gender, are required to make the most of their individual strengths to perform high-value-added work.

Benesse Corporation has a history of more than 25 years working to promote active roles for women in the workplace. Through various changes over the years, the company has developed systems to support these efforts together with employees. Benesse seeks to emphasize career support based on a well-managed professional and personal life, with initiatives going beyond merely offering maternity leave, childcare leave, and reduced hours. In FY2020, 34% of managerial positions were held by women.We also aim to rigorously implement systems and measures for childcare, nursing, and more as a personnel measure not just for women, but for all employees.

Benesse Corporation's Main Initiatives for Work-life Management and Career Support
Systems and Support Related to Work-life Management Career Support
  • ◆Super flex system (from 1995)
  • ◆Childcare leave system (from 1995)
  • ◆Reduced work hours for childcare system (from 1992)
  • ◆Nursing care leave system (from 1991)
  • ◆Reduced work hours for nursing care (from 1996)
  • ◆Work-life management support with cafeteria plans
  • ◆Remote work system (fully introduced in 2009)
  • ◆Life career training
  • ◆Symposiums with other company's employees for working mothers or soon-to-be working mothers
  • ◆Roundtable discussions with female employees and departmental directors
  • ◆Sharing company information and delivering messages online for employees on childcare leave
  • ◆Post-childcare leave training
  • ◆Information for working mothers on the Group portal website
  • ◆Development of a blog on the Group portal website
Number of employees and management level employees by gender

(As of April each year/Full-time employees)

  2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Target Men Ratio of female to male employees
(%)
Men Ratio of female to male employees
(%)
Men Ratio of female to male employees
(%)
Men Ratio of female to male employees
(%)
Men Ratio of female to male employees
(%)
Women Women Women Women 女Women
Employees 1,197 53 1,246 53 1,184 52 1,182 51 1,087 53
1,356 1,412 1,298 1,247 1,218
Section managers 150 32 146 39 126 36 134 35 149 35
71 92 72 73 82
Departmental directors 50 28 55 31 39 35 41 35 47 33
19 25 21 22 23
Executives  9 18 10 23 11 21 12 14 11 15
2 3 3 2 2

At Benesse Style Care Co., Ltd., female workers represent about 70% of all employees. Many of these women are working as heads of nursing homes and childcare facilities.These women are active in a variety of positions and employment styles, and we believe that if we can match working conditions to the needs of the recipient, we can make a diverse range of working styles possible, tailored to each employee's stage in life.Since the introduction of a childcare allowance to support full-time regular employees who have children in childcare centers and a reduction in work hours to help look after children until they reach the 3rd grade in elementary school, there has been an increase in employees taking advantage of these services every year.

Benesse Style Care/Benesse Corporation Number of Employees Starting and Returning from Childcare Leave

(As of March each year)

  2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
  Number of Employees Taking Leave Number of Returnee Number of Employees Taking Leave Number of Returnee Number of Employees Taking Leave Number of Returnee Number of Employees Taking Leave Number of Returnee Number of Employees Taking Leave
Benesse Style Care (full-time employees, specialists, associate employees) 166 126 215 177 204 192 267 236 252
Benesse Corporation (full-time employees, specialists, contract employees) 94 82 89 87 67 72 56 57 52
  • ※Returnees:Persons who have returned to work by the institutional leave deadline of each company

(As of April each year)

Number of Employees Taking Reduced Hours for Childcare Benesse Style Care and Benesse Corporation
  2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Benesse Style Care (full-time employees, specialists, associate employees) 137 161 230 230 280
Benesse Corporation (full-time employees, specialists, contract employees) 128 109 124 76 50
  • ※In 2020, due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the time to return to work was delayed from the usual year.
Number of Employees Receiving the Benesse Style Care Childcare Allowance

(As of May each year)

2017 314
2018 328
2019 415
2020 373
2021 414
  • ※The decrease in 2020 is due to the effect of refraining from going to the kindergarten due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
女性向けキャリア支援の主な取り組み

In April 2016, Benesse Corporation achieved the third rank (highest rank) in the designation system of the Act for Promoting Active Participation of Women in the Workforce.Companies receiving the third rank must meet the standards set by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare for the five aspects of 1) recruitment, 2) work continuity, 3) working style including work hours, 4) ratio of women in management, and 5) diversity of career paths.Benesse is determined to promote its initiatives in this area even further going forward.

Benesse Corporation Action Plan
Target period:April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2025
Quantitative Targets
  • ・Increase the percentage of women holding managerial positions (section managers or higher) to 39% or higher
  • ・Increase the percentage of men taking childcare leave (vacation and temporary leave) to 80% or higher
Details of the Initiatives
  • ・Implementation of a program aimed at developing management-level employees, focusing on womenLooking into and implementing a program targeting key generations (ex. women before and after taking maternity leave (childcare leave))
  • ・Continued implementation of work style reforms
    Decreasing overtime at headquartersReview and continued implementation of PDS (promoting employees to take paid leave, establishing no-overtime days, promoting remote work, reviewing and expanding the remote work system, etc.)
  • ・Encouragement of childcare leave, targeting menNotifying employees of the childcare leave system, sharing encouragement to take leave, etc.

(Reference) Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare database website for companies promoting active participation of women (in Japanese): Benesse Corporation

Benesse Holdings, Inc., Benesse Holdings, Inc. Sustainability Promotion, Benesse Holdings, Inc. Corporate Communications & Investor Relations Department, Benesse Holdings, Inc. Administrative Division, Benesse Corporation, Benesse Foundation for Children, Benesse Educational Research and Development Institute, Berlitz Corporation, SIMUL INTERNATIONAL, INC., Tokyo Individualized Educational Institute, INC.,, Ochanomizu Seminar Co., Ltd., UP Inc., Benesse Style Care Co., Ltd., Benesse Business-mate, Inc., Benesse Socius, Inc., Fukutake Foundation, FUKUTAKE EDUCATION AND CULTURE FOUNDATION, CLASSICO Inc.

Employment of Workers with Disabilities

The Benesse Group is working to create exciting, fulfilling workplaces where people of all abilities and disabilities can work together and make the most of their individual abilities and aptitudes. It is therefore an active employer of people with disabilities and maintains a high level of compliance with statutory employment rates. The Benesse Group as a whole aims to create an environment in which diverse individuals are accepted and employment of people with disabilities is completely normal.

障がい者の雇用を促進

Initiatives undertaken by Benesse Business Mate

Benesse Business Mate was established as a special-purpose subsidiary in 2005 to promote employment of people with disabilities by Benesse Corporation, Benesse Style Care, and other group companies.
It was joined in 2016 by Benesse Socius, which was established as a Type A ongoing employment support business, creating further employment within the group.

● Vision and Role of Benesse Business Mate
Vision Benesse Business Mate fulfills its role as a special-purpose subsidiary to employ people with disabilities while also being a self-sufficient company with competitive power in the market in its business areas, aiming to be an essential presence both for the Benesse Group and for society.This company will also play a role in supporting the employment of people with disabilities for the Benesse Group.
Role
●Advancing the employment of people with disabilities by Benesse
Benesse Business Mate will be entrusted with new businesses and increase the number of colleagues working there.The goal is to create work styles and an environment where people with disabilities can work easily and be active.
●Supporting Benesse's business
As a shared service company of the Benesse Group that includes the Benesse Corporation, they will offer high-quality services and support business growth.
●Creating a future for the employment of people with disabilities
They will create a space where people with disabilities can work for the long term and will strive to create new work styles, widely contributing examples and knowledge to society and to the future of employment for people with disabilities.

Results and Performance

  • State of Employment of People with Disabilities
  • RATIO OF EMPLOYEES WITH DISABILITIES

Benesse Joins The Valuable 500

As a Group, Benesse Holdings officially endorsed The Valuable 500, an international initiative that promotes the inclusive social advancement of people with disabilities, in March 2021.The Benesse Group is moving forward with action under its Sustainability Vision with the goal of creating a society where people with disabilities can participate and be active in social activities, an idea advocated by The Valuable 500.

■The Benesse Group's Commitment
  1. 1. Each company in the Benesse Group will create a space where people with disabilities can be active
    The Benesse Group will establish workplaces where all employees can demonstrate their abilities and can actively work with purpose in a way that fits their aptitude and abilities.While doing so, the Group will actively promote the employment of people with disabilities and will continue to realize high statutory employment rates while also aiming for a corporate culture that accepts diverse human resources across the Group and a situation where the employment of people with disabilities becomes normal.
  2. 2. The Group will expand the scope of employment for people with disabilities while also offering employment to other people struggling to find employment
    Benesse Socius was established as a welfare service company in 2016 and has been entrusted with and operates cleaning services at Benesse Style Care nursing facilities. They are expanding their wide-ranging employment of people with disabilities.They will also work to employ those without disabilities but who are struggling to find employment, in cooperation with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
  3. 3.  The Benesse Group will actively share its initiatives in employing people with disabilities
    The Group will actively share information with society about past employment initiatives for people with disabilities and hope to contribute towards the development of employment for these people throughout Japan
    • ・Offering tours to about 1,000 people per year and accepting 100 trainees per year from affiliated companies, special support schools, welfare support organizations, etc.
    • ・Supplying lecturers and offering lectures for training for employment advisors for people with disabilities and other seminars
  4. 4. The Benesse Group will consider people with disabilities in their educational material
    Example 1: Considerations for people with disabilities in the GTEC English proficiency test
    Aiming to contribute towards a society where all people can receive a fair education, the Group will continue to face the realities of students with disabilities head on and will continue to offer fair opportunities and examinations that can be evaluated fairly.す。 Example 2:Shinkenzemi Elementary School Course Developmental Disability Support Site to support educational concerns due to developmental disabilities
    The Group offers consultations and responses with the Shinkenzemi online course offered by Benesse Corporation related to concerns from the guardians of children with or thought to have developmental disabilities, such as concerns about study troubles.
(The Valuable 500)

 

Inaugurated at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting (Davos Conference) in January 2019. It is a global network that aims to realize an inclusive society by promoting reforms that make our business inclusive by business leaders. The Valuable 500 aims to win the approval of 500 companies working to include people with disabilities.

External Evaluations and Awards

● Certification as a "disability-friendly employer"

Benesse Business Mate was certified as a "disability-friendly employer" on March 29, 2018.
This certification scheme is run by the Japan Association of Employers of Persons with Severe Disabilities (Zenjukyo) on behalf of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.

障害者活躍企業
In order to be certified as a disability-friendly employer, a company must meet the following conditions:
It must take active steps to provide working conditions to retain and support people with disabilities.
It must actively and continuously promote employment of people with disabilities.
It must be a trustworthy, good corporate citizen with whom people with disabilities can play active roles.
Companies are examined to determine whether they meet these conditions, and 21 companies around Japan have so far been certified. Benesse Business Mate will continue to promote the expansion of employment and retainment of people with disabilities within the group.
●Outstanding Health and Productivity Management Company Certification
障害者活躍企業
Benesse Business-mate, Inc. was jointly selected in the 2021 Certified Health & Productivity Management Organizations Recognition Program (SMEs category) by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and Nippon Kenko Kaigi in March 2021.
They work to actively promote mental and physical health so that each and every employee with a disability can energetically work long-term.
In addition to conventional initiatives, they implemented new initiatives to prevent COVID-19 infections and to ensure the safety of employees in FY2020, and created an environment where many employees can work energetically as normal by reducing employee anxiety and stress.
● Other awards
  • 2013 to 2020: Received the Tokyo Award for Excellent Efforts in the Employment of People with Disabilities
  • 2020: Received the Okayama Prefectural Industrial Labor Department Director's Award
  • Fiscal 2019: Received the Award of Excellence for Positive Examples of Employment of People with Disabilities
  • 2019: Received the Excellent Company Award for Employment of People with Disabilities
  • 2018: Recognized by Okayama City as an Independent Meritorious Company and by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government as a Company with Exceptional Skills
  • 2017: Received the Semi-Grand Prize in the Good Job Awards for Employment Support through Cooperation between Industry and Academia (in collaboration with Meisei University)
  • Fiscal 2016: Received the Award of Excellence for Positive Examples of Employment of People with Disabilities
Benesse Holdings, Inc., Benesse Holdings, Inc. Sustainability Promotion, Benesse Holdings, Inc. Corporate Communications & Investor Relations Department, Benesse Holdings, Inc. Administrative Division, Benesse Corporation, Benesse Foundation for Children, Benesse Educational Research and Development Institute, Berlitz Corporation, SIMUL INTERNATIONAL, INC., Tokyo Individualized Educational Institute, INC.,, Ochanomizu Seminar Co., Ltd., UP Inc., Benesse Style Care Co., Ltd., Benesse Business-mate, Inc., Benesse Socius, Inc., Fukutake Foundation, FUKUTAKE EDUCATION AND CULTURE FOUNDATION, CLASSICO Inc.

Promoting Active Participation of Seniors in the Workforce

The Benesse Group is working to create exciting, fulfilling workplaces where people of all abilities and disabilities can work together and make the most of their individual abilities and aptitudes. It is therefore an active employer of people with disabilities and maintains a high level of compliance with statutory employment rates. The Benesse Group as a whole aims to create an environment in which diverse individuals are accepted and employment of people with disabilities is completely normal.

Benesse Holdings, Inc., Benesse Holdings, Inc. Sustainability Promotion, Benesse Holdings, Inc. Corporate Communications & Investor Relations Department, Benesse Holdings, Inc. Administrative Division, Benesse Corporation, Benesse Foundation for Children, Benesse Educational Research and Development Institute, Berlitz Corporation, SIMUL INTERNATIONAL, INC., Tokyo Individualized Educational Institute, INC.,, Ochanomizu Seminar Co., Ltd., UP Inc., Benesse Style Care Co., Ltd., Benesse Business-mate, Inc., Benesse Socius, Inc., Fukutake Foundation, FUKUTAKE EDUCATION AND CULTURE FOUNDATION, CLASSICO Inc.

Employees Hired From All Over the World

The Benesse Group employs personnel of various nationalities due to its business expansion across many regions.Benesse Corporation mainly recruits and trains personnel in East Asia to meet the needs of its growing educational services business, while Berlitz Corporation recruits and trains in more than 70 countries (including direct and franchise operations). Through local job creation, the company contributes to the revitalization of the societies and economies of those regions.

Number of Employees in Domestic and Overseas Education Business Domeins(FY2019 4Q)

Benesse Corporation China
Benesse Corporation GuangZhou
Benesse Consulting for Educational-Producing (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
1,729
Benesse Hong Kong Co., Ltd. 9
PT. Benesse Indonesia 77
Berlitz Corporation 3,306
Benesse GCA PTY LTD 3
Benesse Holdings, Inc., Benesse Holdings, Inc. Sustainability Promotion, Benesse Holdings, Inc. Corporate Communications & Investor Relations Department, Benesse Holdings, Inc. Administrative Division, Benesse Corporation, Benesse Foundation for Children, Benesse Educational Research and Development Institute, Berlitz Corporation, SIMUL INTERNATIONAL, INC., Tokyo Individualized Educational Institute, INC.,, Ochanomizu Seminar Co., Ltd., UP Inc., Benesse Style Care Co., Ltd., Benesse Business-mate, Inc., Benesse Socius, Inc., Fukutake Foundation, FUKUTAKE EDUCATION AND CULTURE FOUNDATION, CLASSICO Inc.

Last updated : 2021/08/31