Promotion of Diversity

Creating a strong organization
by combining the capabilities of diverse individuals

Creating a strong organization by combining the capabilities of diverse individuals

SoftBank Corp. strives to create opportunities and build an environment in which all employees, regardless of age, gender, nationality or disability, can demonstrate their individuality and capabilities. Promotions are given based on fair evaluation of responsibilities, performance and capabilities.

Employees are united with a common vision, able to leverage each other's strengths, communicate freely and pursue innovation in their efforts toward realizing the corporate philosophy.

When it comes to promoting internal diversity, we face the issues in each organization and implement programs centered around the full-time Diversity Promotion Section within the Human Resources Division such as unconscious bias e-learning for all employees and diversity management training for managers.

Hiring people with special needs

At SoftBank Corp., we want each employee to utilize their respective abilities to play an active role in the company. As a general principle, SoftBank applies the same criteria in the employment of people with special needs as non-disabled persons, and while consideration is given to an employee’s disability, once employed, scope of work, promotion, and evaluation standards are identical to those of non-disabled employees. Through year-round recruitment activities, the company is continually working to further improve its rate of employment of people with special needs.

SB Frameworks Corp., an operator of logistics outsourcing and consulting services specializing in IT companies, has actively hired people with special needs since December 2009. It has a structure in place to allow each staff member to play an active role regardless of their disability, and has 11*1 people with special needs on the payroll.SB Frameworks also promotes the hiring of people with special needs on a community level by regularly providing the students of local special-needs schools with opportunities to visit its office. In 2011, SB Frameworks opened its office for visits from adults with special needs, in partnership with Chiba Prefecture's Kashiwa City.

In recognition of these efforts, SB Frameworks was certified by Chiba Prefecture as a “Friendly Office Filled with Happy Faces.” This certificate is granted to companies which actively hire people with special needs and run operations where people with and without special needs work together.

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  1. *1
    As of March 2016

Supporting women in the workforce

As of April 2020, women accounted for about 30% of the employees at SoftBank with 6.6% of them in managerial posts. More than 90% of female employees who take maternity/childcare leave return to work. In addition, the average length of service is 12.2 years for men and 11.7 years for women, which is a difference of less than one year. Many female employees are successfully balancing both their work and parenting responsibilities.

Furthermore, to see even greater utilization of women in the workforce, SoftBank is improving and expanding its system of childcare leave and reduced working hours beyond what is stipulated in the Child Care and Family Care Leave Act. In addition to creating a work environment that enables mothers to have and raise children with peace of mind, SoftBank offers special childbirth allowances, childcare support and other unique career support systems so female employees can reach their full potential.

Specifically, career training and leadership training is provided for female employees on an ongoing basis. From 2018, a mentoring program run by internal managers was started to support various forms of career development for women to play a greater role within the company.

Eruboshi certification

Eruboshi

SoftBank received “Eruboshi” certification (class 2) by the Japanese government, in recognition of the company's superior accomplishments in initiatives to promote women's advancement in the workplace.

Support for LGBT employees

LGBT

Our aim at SoftBank is to maintain a working environment in which all employees, regardless of their sexual orientation, can feel proud of and rewarded by the work they do.

In October 2016, SoftBank amended its internal rules to recognize same-sex partners as spouses in line with the definition defined in its internal documentation, in addition to spouses recognized under Japanese law. If the relevant documentation is submitted and processed, same-sex partners are eligible to receive spousal benefits equal to those of other married couples. SoftBank has also set up an LGBT-related consultation desk at its Wellness Center in combination with HR consultation services.

In the preface to internal rules on respecting human rights and the forbidding of discriminatory behavior, SoftBank added clauses related to mutual respect regardless of gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, making it clear that discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation is strictly forbidden. SoftBank is also promoting LGBT awareness at training sessions for newly appointed managers and through e-learning training for all employees. SoftBank will continue to strive to develop a workplace environment where all kinds of employees can fully realize their potential and take on challenges to grow with the goal of enabling the success of a more diverse group of talented people.

Participating
in Japan’s largest LGBT event
“Tokyo Rainbow Pride”

Participating in Japan’s largest LGBT event “Tokyo Rainbow Pride”

SoftBank approves of the mission behind “Tokyo Rainbow Pride” which aims to create a society in which LGBT and other sexual minorities can live in a way which is true to themselves without being subject to discrimination or prejudice.

SoftBank employees and their families participated in the parades held in 2018 and 2019.

During the parades, the Softbank Omotesando shop located along the parade course decorated the shop interior with a rainbow theme and handed out shopping bags with a limited edition design. Softbank crew members engaged in awareness activities by wearing original T-shirts, and the company’s LGBT initiatives were introduced in a panel exhibition inside the venue.

Awarded the highest “Gold”
rating in the “PRIDE Index”
for three years in a row

PRIDE Index

Since 2017, SoftBank has received the highest “Gold” rating in the “PRIDE Index” evaluation for three years in a row for its internal initiatives for LGBT and other sexual minorities.

The “PRIDE Index” is awarded to companies with superior LGBT initiatives and was established by the “work with Pride (Japanese)” voluntary association for the purpose of achieving broad social recognition of specific ways to create comfortable workplaces for LGBT and other sexual minorities.