Customer satisfaction cannot be accomplished without employee satisfaction. The Kubota Group promotes the creation of comfortable and motivated workplaces where its employees can not only work safely and securely but also feel pride and joy in their work.
In accordance with the Kubota Group Charter for Action & Code of Conduct, which is our global standard for conduct, we carry out audits and interviews at overseas bases with a clear understanding of the circumstances of each country and region, in order to raise the level of employee-related policies across the entire group.
As a focal point of diversity management, Kubota supports women in the workplace through initiatives such as changing the human resources system and offering various training programs. The consolidation of occupational roles carried out in the year ended March 31, 2015 enabled employees to broaden their work scope based on their individual motivation and skills, and we can now see the effects of this approach. The number of women who are promoted to managerial positions has been steadily increasing.
*1 As of April each year (from 2016, as of January)
To date, Kubota has established group-wide activities aimed at women's participation in outside forums and networking for the purpose of supporting career advancement and fostering a corporate culture that empowers women in the workplace.
For a three-year period up to last fiscal year, Kubota held follow-up training for approximately 560 female employees whose occupational scope had expanded as a result of the consolidation of occupational roles carried out in the year ended March 31, 2015.
Kubota conducts six-month training for its female managers with the aim of strengthening their management capability—the third round was completed in FY2016. As Kubota is a company with few female managers, it is hoped that employees who complete this training will become young mentors and encourage subordinate employees to set their sights on managerial roles. In FY2017, Kubota will continue to hold training to promote the empowerment of female employees.
The Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) is a set of principles jointly prepared by the UN Global Compact*1 and UN Women*2 in March 2010 to create work and social environments where women's strengths can be leveraged in corporate activities.
The Kubota Group supports these principles and endorsed the doctrine in July 2012, thus positioning gender equality and the empowerment of women as a focal point of its management and pledging to autonomously carry out initiatives.
*1 Global initiative to achieve sustainable growth in international society announced by the UN Secretary-General at the 1999 World Economic Forum
*2 United Nations entity working for gender equality and the empowerment of women
Kubota has established two subsidiaries* whose operations are specifically geared to determining jobs compatible for people with disabilities and to create work environments in which they can function comfortably: Kubota Works Co., Ltd. and Kubota Sun-Vege Farm Co., Ltd. Kubota Sun-Vege Farm Co., Ltd. engages in the hydroponic cultivation of safe and reliable vegetables with the aim of seeking to promote the independence of people with disabilities and their coexistence in local communities.
In addition to introducing farming in fields that have been abandoned to help stimulate the agricultural industry in Japan, vegetables produced are sold internally and used by cafeterias at Kubota business sites in Japan, and also sold to supermarkets in Osaka Prefecture.
* Subsidiaries specifically focusing on hiring people with disabilities in order to promote their employment and stability.
* As of June each year