Promotion of Women's Success

Basic Policy for Promoting Women’s Success

Policies

  • Enable greater participation by women in decision-making meetings (Corporate Strategy Board, etc.)
  • Propose and pursue action plans tailored to each company’s circumstances
  • Set numerical targets and implement measures to attain those targets

Targets and action plan for the promoting women’s success

The Asahi Group has established the following targets for Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. and its major domestic Group companies (targets for 2021) and is engaging in initiatives to promote women’s success.

Targets for Women Appointed as Corporate Officers and for the Ratio of Women in Managerial Positions
Company Target (Target for 2021) Current status
(As of December 2016)
Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd.
  • To increase the ratio of women holding managerial positions to 20%
  • To appoint women as internal officers (Corporate Officer or Senior Officer)
  • Ratio of women holding managerial positions: 11.2%
  • Number of female officers: 2 (External director)
    Female external director: 2
    As of April 2017
Asahi Breweries, Ltd.
  • To increase the ratio of female department heads to 10% or higher
  • To appoint women as internal officers (Corporate Officer or Senior Officer)
  • Ratio of female department heads: 3.2%
  • Number of female officers: 1
Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd.
  • To increase the ratio of women holding managerial positions to 10%
  • To appoint women as internal officers (Corporate Officer or Senior Officer)
  • Ratio of women holding managerial positions: 5.7%
  • Number of female officers: 0
Asahi Group Foods, Ltd.
  • To increase the ratio of women holding managerial positions to 20%
  • To appoint women as internal officers (Corporate Officer or Senior Officer)
  • Ratio of women holding managerial positions: 19.2%
  • Number of female officers: 1
    As of April 2017
Asahi Calpis Wellness Co., Ltd.
  • To increase the ratio of women holding managerial positions to 15%
  • Ratio of women holding managerial positions: 16.2%
  • Number of female officers: 1
    As of April 2017
Action Plans of each Group Company
Company Target Action plan details (key initiatives)
Asahi Breweries, Ltd.
  • To appoint at least two female officers from within the company (Senior Officer or higher) (not including external officers)
  • Continuously dispatch employees to management training
  • Ensure the permeation of flexible work styles (work from home system, super flex system etc.)
  • Maintain and improve male and female employment competitive rates
The Nikka Whiskey Distilling Co., Ltd.
  • Usage of child-care support systems such as child-care leave 70 times or more per year
  • Expand the scope of child-care support systems such as child-care leave
  • Raise awareness in workplaces regarding the expanded scope
Enoteca Co., Ltd.
  • To increase the ratio of women holding managerial positions (Section Chief or higher) to 20%
  • Further promote flexible work styles so employees can continue to work
  • Evolve the personnel system to realize diverse career steps
  • Implement training for work/life balance and diversity management for managerial staff
Asahi Food Create, Ltd.
  • To extend the mean number of working years of female employees(From 5 years 9 months (as of the end of 2015) to 6 years 6 months)
  • Improve return to work rates after taking child-care leave
  • Conduct PR activities to increase workplace understanding
  • Prepare and hold forums for women
  • Hold training for women inviting external lecturers
Nadaman Co., Ltd.
  • To raise the target for women holding managerial positions (Section Chief or higher) to 11%
  • Implement re-employment of employees who resign due to child-care, long-term caregiving or transfer of their spouse
  • Increase the promotion of female supervisors and the appointment of female persons in charge and vice-persons in charge
  • Promote self-awareness development by establishing a skill improvement leave system
Asahi Draft Marketing, Ltd.
  • To double the female employment proportion to 26%
  • Mention in job postings that we create a workplace that encourages women’s success
  • Promote jobs in which women are actively involved to female applicants
Asahi Logistics Co., Ltd.
  • To increase the female new graduate career track employment proportion to an average of 20% over 5 years
  • Promote jobs in which women are actively involved to female applicants
  • Display flexible work styles for female main career track jobs
Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd.
  • To increase the ratio of women holding managerial positions to 10%
  • To increase the ratio of female new graduates employed to 30% or more
  • To review the content of employment and transformation tests etc.
  • Support career improvement of candidate female staff (training etc.)
  • Expand the working range of female employees
Calpis Co., Ltd.
  • To increase the ratio of women holding managerial positions to 10%
  • Support career improvement of candidate female staff (training etc.)
  • Expand the working range of female employees
Asahi Soft Drink Sales Co., Ltd.
  • To reduce the ratio of employees working on holidays to within 5%
  • To convert the number of appropriate visits etc. into numerical figures and formulate appropriate visit plans
  • Introduce online systems etc. and make routes more effective
  • Enhance employment for appropriate staff and review each system

*Domestic group companies with at least 301 employees at which the formulation of an action plan to promote women’s success has been made compulsory by The Act to Advance Women's Success in Their Working Life.

*Target period for action plan: Asahi Breweries, Ltd, Asahi Logistics Ltd., Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd., Calpis Co., Ltd., Asahi Soft Drink Sales Co., Ltd.: March 31, 2021,
The Nikka Whiskey Distilling Co., Ltd. Enoteca Co., Ltd., Asahi Food Create, Ltd., Nadaman Co., Ltd.: March 31, 2019, Asahi Draft Marketing, Ltd.: March 31, 2018

Appointment of Women

The Asahi Group actively appoints women to company officer or managerial positions. At Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd., Ms. Mariko Bando has assumed a role as an Outside Director and Ms. Yumiko Waseda as an Outside Audit & Supervisory Board Member. There are also two female directors and one female corporate officer in our domestic Group companies and several female officers at our overseas Group companies (as of March 2016).

Training to Support the Success of Women

At the Asahi Group, we conduct the following seminars to support women’s career development, which leads to the development of female officers.

Action Plans of each Group Company
Activity Content/Target
Career Development Seminar for Women Provides an opportunity for young female employees to think about their career plans through interaction with senior female employees
Leadership Training for Women Help women who are leaders of business companies within Japan to further climb the corporate ladder
Dispatching future leadership candidates to training held by external bodies To help female employees learn the knowledge and skills required of leaders
Dispatching female employees to external training For female employees from all levels

Working Mother Network Gathering

  • Holding the Working Mother Network Gathering, in which working mothers can exchange opinions on how to maintain a good balance when continuing to work while raising children.
  • Holding discussions to hear about the career trajectories of senior working mothers.

Exchange of Opinions with Management

  • Management participated in training such as the Career Development Seminar for Women, providing forums for the exchange of opinions.

Raising Awareness

Raising Awareness for Officers

The Asahi Group works to raise officer’s awareness with the aim of promoting understanding of diversity and work-life balance. We share stories of female work styles and men who actively take part in child-rearing on the company intranet’s “Diversity Communications” and in the in-house magazine.

Raising Awareness for Managerial Positions

In June 2015, Asahi Breweries, Ltd. joined the Ikuboss Alliance, which holds Fathering Japan (NPO). The Ikuboss Alliance is a corporate network that fosters ideal bosses (= “Ikubosses”) who understand the diversification of employees including the promotion of women's success and men who are involved in child-rearing. An environment where men can actively get involved in child-rearing is being fostered, with opinion exchange incorporating elements of “Ikuboss cultivation” at the New Managerial Position Training in October 2015.

Evaluation

Asahi Breweries, Ltd. is introducing a system with the criterion of “accepting diverse values” that can be used to evaluate executive and director class employees who have promoted the careers of a diverse range of employees.

External Evaluation

Nadeshiko Brand
Nadeshiko Brand Nadeshiko Brand

In 2015 and 2016, Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. was selected by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Tokyo Stock Exchange as a Nadeshiko Brand, an enterprise that actively supports women’s empowerment in the workplace.

Diversity Management Selection 100
Diversity Management Selection 100

In 2013, Asahi Breweries, Ltd. was selected for the Diversity Management Selection 100 (awarded by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry), an award that is presented by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry when corporate value is improved through diversity management.