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Nikkei Woman and Nikkei Womenomics Project Conduct Survey on Female Worker's Workplace Opportunity

"100 Best Companies Where Women Actively Take Part" 2018
Johnson & Johnson (Japan) - Tops in Overall Ranking

Tokyo - May 7, 2018 - Nikkei Woman, a women's career and their lifestyle magazine published by Nikkei Business Publications (President & CEO: Suguru Niinomi, Tokyo), conducted the "Survey on Female Workers' Workplace Opportunities" together with Nikkei Womenomics Project of Nikkei Group and announced the 2018 version of the"100 Best Companies Where Women Actively Take Part." The overall ranking based on the survey responded by 570 companies – the most in the history of this survey – was unveiled in the June issue of Nikkei Woman (on sale May 7.) The survey has been conducted irregularly by Nikkei Woman since its launch in 1988, and the 2018 version marked the 16th time.

From the two perspectives of how female workers are motivated and how they are treated and/or appointed, the survey measures the present state of how women's abilities are utilized in the workforce under the following four categories: 1) promotion to managerial positions, 2) active use of women's ability, 3) work-life balance, and 4) diversity workstyle promotion. The measurements are then scored, and deviation values calculated from the total scores are compiled as overall scores and rankings are made accordingly. The summary of the survey results are as follows:

"The total scores (deviation value) are rounded to one decimal place. If companies with same score are ranked differently on the list of overall rankings and/or each category rankings, it means there are differences in below the second decimal place.

Overall Ranking Top 10 Companies

Rank Company Score
1 Johnson & Johnson (Japan) 76.8
2 Sumitomo Life Insurance 76.6
3 JTB 76.6
4 Pasona Group 76.5
5 Kao Group 76.3
6 Seven & i Holdings 76.1
7 IBM Japan 75.8
8 AEON 75.7
9 Shiseido 75.3
10 Recruit Group 75.2

Johnson & Johnson (Japan) came in first place in the overall ranking (7th in the 2017 overall ranking). Johnson & Johnson (Japan) is inclined to pay respect to such criteria as sex, age, nationality, etc. "Woman's Leadership Initiative" formed by volunteer employees, has been continuing to foster a diversity accepting climate within the company for more than 10 years. It is also unique to Johnson & Johnson (Japan) that many female leaders are actively taking part. The typical example is that Vision Care Company appointed the first female CEO among its Japanese Group Companies. Sumitomo Life Insurance, ranked in 2nd place (also ranked 2nd place in 2017 overall ranking), endeavors in realizing the "work-style reform", top-down. Sumitomo Life Insurance shuts down all personal computers in their offices at 20:00, and made it impossible to bring data outside the office, to prepare an environment where working late hours and/or at homes is not possible. They also put absolute efforts to achieve higher efficiency in their business operations. The 3rd ranked JTB (overall ranking in 2017 was 16th place) has set up a dedicated section for woman work-life reform and diversity promotion in 2007. Such sections have been formed within each of the Group Companies to visualize the process, to award good examples, and to realize lateral information sharing among the Group to promote their movement throughout the Group. JTB has integrated 15 of its Group Companies this April, and has newly appointed a female Operating Officer to promote diversity and work-style reform.

This year, the difference of scores of the top 10 companies' were quite small – only 1.6 points. The top ranking companies seem to have done with the phase of supporting their employees in taking balance of work and their child care/nursing care, and are now placing their emphasis on promotion for actively appointing female leaders through such efforts as career training programs all sorts of levels as well as training programs for managers, and also emphasizing on work-style reform as represented in the reduction of workhours.

In addition to the overall ranking, rankings on four categories are announced to show in what specific ways the surveyed companies are promoting the appointment of their female employees. The evaluation criteria and the top ten companies for each category are as follow.

Category 1: Promotion for to Managerial Positions

~Women's promotion to managerial position is rated by whether the company has female executives, by the male-female ratio of employees in managerial positions, as well as the number of women in managerial positions who have children.

In JTB, ranked 1st place, the percentage of women who hold section chief positions against men is 41.0%, and the percentage of women in higher managerial positions against men in same positions is 27.1%. This shows that many female managers take part in the company's operations. JTB aims to achieve a goal of raising the ratio of women executives to 7% by June 2019 through its mentoring programs and selected training programs in common for both male/female. At IBM Japan, 15.3% of its officers are woman, and more than 30% of female employees are at managerial positions thanks to their "sponsorship program for women leader candidates."

Rank Company
2 IBM Japan
3 Johnson & Johnson (Japan)
4 Pasona Group
5 Recruit Group
6 Pfizer
7 Benesse Corporation
9 Seven & i Holdings
10 Takashimaya

Category 2: Active Use of Women's Ability

~Use of women's ability is rated by whether the company has a dedicated section for utilizing women's capabilities and skills or training programs for female employees.

The top ranked Hitachi and Hitachi Group have promoted diversity management. Through periodically conducting the "survey on active use of women's ability in Hitachi Group," the Group companies try to visualize the present status and progress against future goal, and any issues there may be. Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance also ranked top, places efforts on fostering female executives through training programs for female officer candidates and female managers. Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance also carries out diversity management training programs for those in managerial position to learn managerial skills taking advantage of diverse workforce.

Rank Company
1 Hitachi
1 Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance
3 Daiwa Securities Group
3 Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance
6 SMBC Nikko Securities
7 Sompo Japan Nipponkoa
8 Seven & i Holdings
9 Nippon Life Insurance
9 Sumitomo Mitsui Banking
9 Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance
9 Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance

Category 3: Work-Life Balance

~Work-life balance is rated by such criteria as the total annual working hours, the percentage of paid holidays taken, and the percentage of childcare leave taken by both male and female employees, etc.

In this year's survey the total annual working hours per employee in average among responding companies was 1976.9 hours (against 1982.7 hours in 2017), which was a reduction of 5.8 hours from the previous year average. 31.2% of the surveyed companies said they "have introduced tele-working system," and 46.8% said they have a working-from-home system. This shows that increasing number of companies endeavor to foster a flexible working environment. Sumitomo Life Insurance ranked at top procced to promote their work-balance reforms top-down, and made an all-out effort to reduce overtime and achieve efficiency in daily business operations. Sumitomo Life Insurance aims at reducing its employee's overall working hours by 10% within three years starting fiscal year 2017. 7 out of the top 10 ranked companies were insurance companies.

Rank Company
1 Sumitomo Life Insurance
2 Sompo Japan Nipponkoa
3 Nippon Life Insurance
4 Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance
5 Dai-ichi Life Holdings
6 Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance
7 Kao Group
8 The Chiba Bank
8 Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance

Category 4: Diversity

~Diversity is rated by the male female employee ratio and the retention rate in terms of the length of years under employment, and other factors. Employment rate of disabled employees and measures taken for and promotion for a better understanding on LGBT are also checked under this category.

Many of the companies are enhancing their measures for work-life balance and expanding its supporting systems so that women employees can continue to actively work longer. At Nippon Life Insurance ranked top, there are almost no difference in the male-female ratio for average age and for average number of years under employment. About 70% of the women employees have children, which shows that many women workers are actively participating in business while up-rearing their children. Nippon Life Insurance continues to promote understanding on LGBT and proceeds to foster a better working environment.

Rank Company
1 Nippon Life Insurance
4 Kao Group
5 Shiseido
5 Daiichi Life Holdings
5 Hitachi
9 Pasona Group
9 Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings
9 Chubu Electric Power
9 Asahi Kasei

Detailed survey results are covered in the June 2018 issue (out May 7, 2018) of Nikkei Woman, and its summary is carried in the Nikkei WOMAN Online.

[Outline of Survey]

The survey was conducted by Nikkei BP Consulting between January and mid-February 2018, among 4,347 leading Japanese companies most of who are listed in the Japan Stock Market. There were valid responses from 570 companies. The questions in the survey and the evaluation method were set by judges (Ms. Nami Otsuki, Professor, University Sacred Heart; Ms. Mariko Kono, CEO, Carian Inc.; and Ms. Emiko Takeishi, Professor, Hosei University) and the editorial department of Nikkei Woman.

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