About Konica Minolta

Giving Shape to Ideas


Supporting Women’s Career Building

Konica Minolta's Approach

Background and Issues

Gender equality is an important topic in today's global community. Companies are expected to create workplaces where employees with high potential can perform to the best of their abilities, regardless of gender. In Japan, women's participation in the workplace is still generally inadequate in the industry overall. Konica Minolta recognizes that proactive measures are essential and is taking steps to address this.


Konica Minolta believes that employee diversity is a source of growth. The company takes measures to create an environment where women can perform to their full potential.
In order to support its female employees, Konica Minolta does not limit itself to simply ensuring that they can continue working through various life events, but also aims to expand their access to any career path they want to pursue.

Key Measures and KPIs

  • Appoint female managers (target for fiscal 2019: Women hold 7% of all management positions)
  • Raise the percentage of women among new graduate hires (target for fiscal 2018: 30% or more)
  • Foster awareness and a culture supportive of diversity, with a focus on promoting participation by women
  • Consider ways of supporting life events affecting both men and women, such as childbirth, child-rearing and care-taking, and consider work styles tailored to these life events

Supporting Career Development of Women

Facilitating the Success of Female Employees

For many years Konica Minolta has proactively provided equal employment opportunities for men and women, while working to build systems that can respond flexibly to the circumstances and needs of employees. These include adjusted work hours, volume, and content for employees expecting a child, or those looking after a child or family member. The company has striven to create workplace environments that make it easier for employees to remain employed while fulfilling family responsibilities. As the next step, Konica Minolta is undertaking measures to help empower female employees and allow even more women not only to remain employed but to enjoy success and career satisfaction.

Numerical Targets for Female Career Promotion

Konica Minolta, Inc. is working hard to achieve the targets of its action plan to empower more female employees to reach leadership positions and broaden their spheres of activity.

Target:To raise the percentage of female managers to 7% in fiscal 2019.

Action Plan:
(a)Plan duration April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2020
(b)Numerical targets Percentage of female managers: 7%
(c)Description of initiatives Selective training of manager candidates in Performance Grade 3
  • Based on spring evaluation, target selection and rolling
  • Establishment of training plan (support for each division and staff)
  • Off-JT programs offered (career plan training)
(d) Timing of initiatives Implemented as needed from 2018 spring evaluation

Initiatives to Support the Success of Female Employees

Konica Minolta, Inc. has put a number of career development programs for women in place since fiscal 2010 in order to further encourage female employees to fulfill their potential. In fiscal 2014, it implemented a program for women selected from those at the section chief level for having potential as managers and assisted them in their career development plans while also providing them with leadership training. The company also holds meetings to explain its promotion policy for female employees to the supervisors of the women chosen for this program, and it is implementing a six-month support program with mentors other than the supervisors in charge of guidance and training.
Since fiscal 2016, the company has been accelerating its initiatives by making the advancement of women part of diversity promotion, and clearly stating this in its management strategy.

Fiscal 2016 Initiatives

Workshop for All Female Employees

Konica Minolta, Inc. has established a Women's Committee under the leadership of the company president as the person with the ultimate responsibility for creating a foundation for full-scale promotion of female employees' advancement. As the starting point for the committee's activities, a series of workshops was held to gather opinions from women on the frontlines.
All female employees participated in these workshops, with the Women's Committee members taking a central role. Workshops were held a total of 22 times at eight sites in Japan over a period of one month. At the workshops, participants discussed balancing childbirth and childcare with careers, as well as issues such as seeking a flexible work style to boost productivity, motivation to succeed in one's career, and communication with supervisors.

Workshop at Hachioji, the Tokyo site

Advisory Board

A panel discussion with advisory board member Atsuko Muraki was held for female managers, which helped to create a sense that they are at the core of these efforts to promote the success of women. In addition, a special lecture was held for managers and was broadcast live to 17 sites in order to further accelerate activities encouraging the participation of women.

Company Survey for the Advancement of Women

An online questionnaire concerning the participation of women in the workplace was conducted at Konica Minolta, Inc. Based on the results, the company established relevant policies and measures for the following fiscal year and beyond. This survey of actual conditions will be carried out periodically, and the results will be used to confirm progress and plan future measures.

Fiscal 2017 Initiatives

International Women's Day Program

In March 2018, Konica Minolta, Inc. held its first program to mark International Women's Day,* and more than 300 Konica Minolta women participated. Under a theme of "Connections," the program's aim was for women to develop comradery with diverse colleagues in the company through networking, to learn about their differences, and to find opportunities for new development and progress. The day began with a speech from Shoei Yamana, President and CEO of Konica Minolta, Inc, which was shared with four company sites in Japan via video conferencing. After that, a lecture was given by a special guest along with a workshop. The workshop allowed participants to experience the benefits of diversity that can be achieved by utilizing the strengths of each individual as part of a team. By using IT to bring together four sites in different regions and create one virtual event, the participants were all able to share the same experience, while engaging in a joint initiative with a joint sense of accomplishment.

* International Women's Day (March 8) was created by the United Nations in 1975, marking the date of a mass demonstration for a woman's right to vote that took place in New York on March 8, 1904.

International Women's Day Program

Lecture for Senior Management

In order to promote a deep understanding of diversity and inclusion from the perspective of executive management, an outside expert was invited to deliver a lecture, which was shared with nine major Konica Minolta sites in Japan using video conferencing technology. All executive officers and more than 90% of senior managers participated. After the event, the lecture content was made available to all employees on the company's intranet.

Diversity Workshop for Senior Managers

Workshops were held for those in general manager positions and above, allowing them to deepen their understanding of the importance of diversity and preparing them to further develop employees in their own organizations. More than 200 managers participated in a total of 10 sessions. At the end of each workshop, the participants declared their determination to promote diversity in their own departments.

Diversity Workshop for Senior Managers

Workshops for Female Staff and Managers

A career planning workshop was held to encourage individual female employees to better appreciate their own value and strengths in action, to acquire skills and abilities for developing their own career plans, and to find a path towards ongoing personal growth. A management workshop was also held for the immediate supervisors of these female staff. The purpose was to enhance the ability of these managers to provide career support to their subordinates based on an understanding of the need for diversity in human resource development.
These two workshops were jointly planned, and by having female employees and their direct supervisors attend workshops around the same time, both groups were able to share an approach for career formation and an understanding of the issues, while enhancing their commitment. The company plans to hold these workshops for female employees and their direct supervisors over the next three years. In this introductory year, at least 120 employees and managers participated.

Workshops for Female Staff and Managers

External Evaluation

Platinum Kurumin Certification (FY2017)

Konica Minolta, Inc. was recognized by Japan's Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare as an exceptional example of a company that provides support to employees raising children.

Platinum Kurumin certification mark

Eruboshi Certification (FY2016)

As a company with an outstanding environment for promoting the role of women in the workplace, Konica Minolta was awarded the highest Eruboshi certification by Japan's Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, under the Act on Promotion of Women's Participation and Advancement in the Workplace.

The Eruboshi certification mark

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