Making the Most of Employee Diversity to Create New Value
One of Konica Minolta’s strengths as a global company is that employees of different national origins, races, beliefs, cultures, languages, genders, ages and expertise work together in regions all over the world. It is this employee diversity that leads to innovative thinking and original ideas, thus generating new value that helps to resolve issues for customers and society.
This kind of value creation is the very embodiment of “Inclusive and Collaborative,” one of the six values that makes up the Konica Minolta Philosophy. This value refers to the power and teamwork generated by embracing diverse people and ideas. Konica Minolta strives to live up to this value, respecting diversity and promoting inclusion to create value that leads to progress for customers, society, and individuals.
Konica Minolta not only has a very diverse workforce, but also takes a wide range of measures to create an environment where employees can exercise their own unique skills while supporting each other and performing at a high level. Recently, in support of these measures, Konica Minolta has focused on promoting the performance of its female employees and training global leaders. These efforts are paying.
Diversity Promotion System
In fiscal 2014, Konica Minolta launched its medium-term business plan, TRANSFORM 2016, targeting success in the IoT era. In fiscal 2017, the new plan, SHINKA 2019, was introduced, under which the company is promoting business transformation with the aim of becoming a truly global company of excellence. It goes without saying that innovative human resources are needed to promote this business transformation. The concept of diversity and inclusion is more important than ever before, and it is critical that this be reflected in the actions of employees. Against this backdrop, Konica Minolta, Inc. has established the Corporate Diversity Office directly under the president. The role of the new organization is to promote a respect for diversity and a focus on inclusion within the company. The measure was taken in fiscal 2017, based on the strong intentions of the CEO.
The Corporate Diversity Office is striving to ensure a deep understanding of diversity and inclusion among employees, and since fiscal 2016, it has been working to support the success of Konica Minolta's female employees. The office is also working with various departments to promote the participation of international employees and people with disabilities by creating an organizational culture that respects not only diversity in attributes, such as gender and nationality, but also diversity in values and views of life.