Enhancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Transitioning from D&I to DE&I
KITZ has declared its commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (hereafter DE&I), and will more proactively disclose its policies, KPIs, and measures to achieve these KPIs internally and externally than ever before.
We will create an innovative organization by embracing varied opinions and ideas shared by employees with various backgrounds and shaping them into reality. KITZ aims to promote DE&I initiatives to create an environment where everyone can engage in challenging yet rewarding work, thus enabling us to become a sustainable company by 2030.
■Background of the Declaration
Since announcing the “Diversity Promotion Declaration” in 2015, we have promoted Diversity & Inclusion (hereafter D&I) activities and worked to create a corporate culture that respects and embraces diversity. As stated in our Long-term Management Vision “Beyond New Heights 2030 – Change the Flow,” our vision for 2030 is to be “a company where diverse personnel can play an active role. In order to realize a place where diverse employees with diverse attributes and values can work with vigor and enthusiasm, we have incorporated the concept of equity into D&I and are accelerating its promotion.
■Top Message: 【Declaration on DE&I – Diverse workforce will change the “Flow”- 】
KITZ has promoted Diversity and Inclusion (hereafter D&I) as one of its critical strategic initiatives since 2015, focusing on “respect for and embracement of diverse individuals.” Here, KITZ has now made a declaration on “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (hereafter DE&I),” which further clarifies the perspective of “Equity.”
In order to change the “Flow” for achieving our Long-term Management Vision, we need new challenges different from what we have done in the past. We should create an inclusive organization where not just a few can find comfort, but everyone can accept comfort and discomfort alike regardless of its degree. To do so, we incorporate the concept of “Equity,” enabling our employees to support and leverage each other’s differences.
We will create an innovative organization by embracing varied opinions and ideas shared by employees with various background, and shaping them into reality. KITZ aims to promote DE&I initiatives to create an environment where everyone can engage in challenging yet rewarding work, thus enabling us to become a sustainable company by 2030.
President and CEO
■Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) Policy
The KITZ Group is promoting DE&I as one of the Key Management Strategies.
We aim to enhance the creativity of each individual and maximize organizational power through the realization of employees’ job satisfaction and the utilization of their diverse values and opinions, which, in turn, makes a contribution to a sustainable society.
*DE&I is an acronym which stands for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
This means to respect “Individuality” of employees which have various internal and external attributes.
External and internal attributes refer to: Attributes which encompass all forms of differences, such as race, religion, beliefs, nationality, language, place of birth, ethnic origin, disability, age, citizenship, marital status, presence of a partner, sex/gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, health, family, social status, education, work history, values, perspectives, experiences, and work styles, among others.
This means to offer everyone equal opportunities where they can exercise their ability to the maximum level.
This means to acknowledge “Individuality” of each other and maximize organizational power.
■DE&I Promotion: Key Issues and Goals
The KITZ Group has defined specific issues for promoting DE&I, as well as general issues to create a foundation to resolve these issues. KITZ is working to achieve quantitative targets to realize each of these goals.
- Specific Issue① Active participation of female employees
Goal: Women participating in the decision-making process of the company and the organization without being conscious of their gender.
- Specific Issue② Encouraging LGBTQ understanding
Goal: Respect for diversity such as sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expressions, and enable each individual to fully demonstrate his or her individual abilities. To increase the number of Allies that support it.
- Specific Issue③ Promoting employment of people with disabilities
Goal: People with disabilities can demonstrate their abilities while feeling motivated to work, and healthy people and people with disabilities work together while helping each other.
- Specific Issue④ Promoting employment of non-Japanese employees
Goal: Diverse and multinational employees are the norm in companies and workplaces.
- General Issue① Encouraging DE&I understanding
- General Issue② Increase the number of Allies