Promoting diversity

Based on our basic principle “Respect for the Individual,” Honda has been promoting initiatives to maximize overall corporate capabilities, positioning the promotion of diversity as a means of recognizing and respecting individual differences, regardless of nationality, ethnicity, sex, age, education, or disability, and enabling each member of a diverse workforce to make the most of their abilities.

Expanding opportunity for participation by women

Honda has been pursuing awareness-raising activities, through the likes of company magazines, lectures, and training sessions, since a 2008 decision to focus on expanding opportunities for participation by women, as a way of strengthening initiatives to benefit from diversity. To further expand the contribution of women, Honda set goals to increase women in management positions by threefold by 2020 and by ninefold by 2025 compared to 2014 and is undertaking the following measures to achieve these goals.

  • Accelerating career development support with a focus on individual female associates.
  • Expanding programs that provide support for both various life events and career development.
  • Establishing a specialized organization responsible for promoting diversity in the workforce.

Percentage of women in the Honda workplace: FY2014
Cross-section of the organization Proportion
Entire workforce 6.66%
All management positions 0.43%
Assistant manager positions 1.98%
Director, Operating Officer positions 0.00%

(March 2014 data)

※From June 2014, a female director will be assigned

Employment of people with disabilities

Honda provides jobs to people with disabilities at its facilities in Japan in an effort to expand their employment opportunities. We also offer employment at affiliates Honda Sun co., ltd., Honda Sun R&D co., ltd., and Kibounosato Honda co.,ltd.. We strive to create an environment that allows associates with and without disabilities to work alongside one another, while also making adaptations to ensure that workplaces and opportunities are fully accessible.

As a result of these efforts, in 2013 Honda Sun co., ltd. earned the FY2014 Health, Labour and Welfare Minister's Award for Outstanding Employer of People With Disabilities. Employment of individuals with disabilities* at Honda group companies in Japan in FY2014 stands at some 2.27%, or 1,084 individuals, well above the legally mandated level of 2.0%.

Designated affiliates/Employment of individuals with disabilities

Rehiring retirees

In view of dwindling birth rates, the need to reinforce the social insurance system in Japan, and the importance of passing on the technical expertise required to maintain a functioning workplace, Honda introduced a series of policies in April 2003 to create opportunities for those associates who reach the retirement age of 60. Our proactive approach preceded the introduction of laws governing the employment of retired individuals.

Honda instituted changes in April 2010 to create a new re-employment program designed in principle to offer re-employment to all interested associates until the age of 65 in operations that utilize each individual's specialized knowledge; a move that ensures that associates can live their post-60 lives with peace of mind, in an environment where they can make the most of the skills they have gained over a lifetime. About 60% of all associates faced with mandatory retirement at age 60 have expressed an interest in re-employment, which allows them to draw on their extensive experience and specialized knowledge to contribute actively in a variety of workplaces throughout the company.

Re-employment of retires

*Number of retirees who were re-employed in the relevant fiscal year.

Global employment

With our business becoming increasingly globalized, we are working to diversify our human resources in an aim to raise the comprehensive strength of our global workforce.
As part of this effort, we started a global employment program where some of the new graduates who join our company are hired directly from overseas labor markets. By creating a work environment where the knowledge and values of diverse people are mutually recognized and respected, we aim to increase our flexibility, agility, and creativity as a company.

Number of global hires
Year of entry No. of people
FY2014 15
FY2015 (planned) 15

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