Diversity Promotion

The maximization of the capabilities and strengths of diverse employees is critical for active innovation and corporate growth. Based on this belief, the KIOXIA Group has positioned the promotion of diversity as one of its integral management policy visions.

Policy on Diversity Promotion and Management Structure

KIOXIA Group promotes diversity in order to be able to quickly respond to the business environment and diversifying market needs. We are endeavoring to create a culture that enables a diverse range of employees to play active roles irrespective of gender, nationality, or whether they live with a disability.

We are positioning KIOXIA's Human Resources and Administration Division as the organization charged with promoting diversity; it will work on advancing diversity as a general human resource issue.

Promoting the Career Development of Female Employees

KIOXIA Group is promoting ways for female employees to succeed at work. In FY2018, we conducted survey of training for female manager candidates.

Main data concerning promoting the career development of female employees, KIOXIA

Item Actual
Percentage of managers who are female*1 3.2%
Percentage of officers who are female*1 0%
Percentage of recruits who are female*2 Administrative  -%
Technical  8.3%
Gender balance of employers*1 Male 91.9%
Female 8.1%
Average length of service*1 All 17.7 years (Male 18.0 years, Female 14.1 years)

*1 As of April 1, 2018
*2 New graduate employees as of April 1, 2018 (No recruitment of new university graduates for administrative positions)

Recruiting More Non-Japanese Employees and Utilizing Them Effectively

As part of our diversity promotion program, we are increasing the recruitment of non-Japanese employees.

In addition to employing people who have studied in Japan as foreign exchange students, we have been carrying out a global recruitment program in an effort to directly recruit students graduating from foreign universities.

Employment of People with Disabilities

As of April 1, 2019, the percentage of employees with disabilities was 1.49% in KIOXIA.

* The percentage of employees with disabilities includes those in KIOXIA and our special subsidiary KIOXIA Etoile Corporation.

Activity Example: Sign Language Club

KIOXIA Group provides employees with a monthly sign language lesson at the “KIOXIA Sign Language Club”. At the club, employees with impaired hearing serve as instructors, teaching sign language to facilitate smooth communication and providing information to promote understanding of those with hearing disabilities.

Promoting Work-Life Balance

KIOXIA constantly strives to enhance our employees' work-life balance. At KIOXIA Group companies, each employee is encouraged to undertake different working styles and methods that help increase productivity.

Consideration and Reduction of Working Hours

In KIOXIA, the average annual total of annual working hours per employee was 2,110 in FY2018, and the average annual total of non-scheduled working hours per employee was 301. KIOXIA Group is making the transition to a style of work that does not depend on overtime work. The purpose is to better utilize our diverse workforce and to promote a better work-life balance.

Key systems and measures regulating working hours in FY2018, KIOXIA

System/measure Overview
Flexible Work System Flextime system
Long Leave System Employees can take a maximum of 20 days of accumulated leave for clear and meaningful objectives, such as self-development, social contribution activities, nursing, and also for treatment of non-occupational injuries and diseases, and other conditions including infertility.
Annual paid vacation To promote employees rejuvenation, KIOXIA is facilitating their utilization of all their annual paid vacation.
Making working hours more visible KIOXIA has introduced systems including "Monitoring Display of Working Hours", "Work Record Notification", and "Work Record Display" to increase the transparency of working hours.
Addressing long working hours at workplaces We implement measures in various divisions and business sites to address the problem of long working hours, and publish case studies on our intranet site to spread good practice among departments (e.g. having employees declare their target leaving time, forbidding employees from coming to work on Sundays in principle, banning late-night overtime in principle, setting "focus hours," and banning meetings outside normal working hours in principle).

Activity Example: Using the system to make working hours visible

In order to effectively monitor the working conditions of our employees, KIOXIA Group launched a system that allows employees to visually monitor working hours on their PCs. We also started using the systems called Work Record Notification and Work Record Display systems to give better visibility of their working hours to employees and their managers.

The Work Record Notification system automatically sends an e-mail to each employee and their manager summarizing the work status of the employee. The Work Record Display system indicates each employee's current work status with three signal colors (red, yellow, or green) to draw attention to overtime work hours.

Supporting employees in balancing work with childcare/nursing care

KIOXIA Group has been helping employees to balance their work and personal lives. We have implemented various measures in excess of our legal obligations, and continue to make them more adaptable and flexible. Under our Hourly-Unit Annual Leave system, employees can take leave on a quarter-hourly basis instead of hourly when they take leave exceeding one hour.

The Major Supporting Systems for Employees' Work and Childcare (FY 2018, KIOXIA)

  System KIOXIA system As required by law
Childbirth/Child- rearing Childcare leave Period Until the end of the month in which the child turns 3 years old Up to 1 year old except when certain requirements are met
Number of times Up to three times per child Up to once per child
Paternity leave Up to 5 paid days holiday consecutively or separately, within 6 weeks of the birth
Short-time shift Target Employees raising children who have not yet completed elementary school Employees raising children under three years old
Others 1. No limits on the number of times one can apply
2. Possible to combine with flextime system
3. Can be set in 15-minute units
Hourly leave system Leave is available in 1-hour units. If more than one hour is taken at a time, however, employees may take leave in 15-minute units thereafter.
Family care Family care leave Up to 365 days in total per person requiring nursing care Up to 93 days in total per person requiring nursing care
Hourly leave system Leave is available in 1-hour units. If more than one hour is taken at a time, however, employees may take leave in 15-minute units thereafter.
Returning to work Subsidies for expenses Allowance for raising the next generation To be provided in respect of each eligible child (children being taken care of by a spouse working for another company, are also eligible for the allowance.)
Welfare system “Teatime” For child-rearing, nursing care etc., points will be worth 1.2 to 1.5 times their normal value.
Mutual understanding program The program offers the opportunity for employees to discuss future career plans and any necessary arrangements with their manager and HR personnel before taking a leave of absence or after resuming work, thus helping to reduce concerns of the employees who take such leaves.
Reemployment system
(return to work system)
Established a system to reemploy employees who had to resign for the following reasons:
1. In order to accompany a spouse who has been transferred (within 5 years)
2. In order to provide nursing care for those requiring it (within 3 years)
3. Childbirth, childcare, or raising children (within 3 years)

Benefits

Corporate Pension Plan

To help support employees' lives after retirement, we have the Corporate Pension Plan – a defined benefit plan. This complements their state pension from Japan's welfare pension insurance scheme. In October 2015, we also introduced a defined contribution pension scheme aimed at future improving employees' post-retirement options.

Teatime, a selective welfare system

KIOXIA offers a selective welfare system called “Teatime” under which allows employees to make choices according to their needs and receive benefits from a wide range of welfare programs. The system also covers support for childcare and nursing care, including costs for day-care centers, child-rearing, education, and nursing care.

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