Hitachi Construction Machinery


Developing Diversity

Policies and systems for promoting diversity

In 2010, Hitachi Construction Machinery formulated the 2020 VISION. The vision outlines the goal of achieving an ideal organization in 2020 whereby Hitachi Construction Machinery and its employees are a ‘close and reliable partner’ anywhere on the earth with best solutions through Kenkijin Spirit. It is essential that we develop businesses by drawing on new strategies and novel ideas, rather than relying on the same ideas and strategies employed thus far, so that we can fulfill our vision, become recognized internationally as a true global company, and be a successful contender in the market.

To this end, we value respect for diversity and recognize the values and uniqueness of each of the employees that supports our businesses, regardless of race, nationality, gender, age or other characteristics. In line with this recognition, we have positioned diversity as one of our key management themes. In April 2011, we established the Diversity Promotion Group. The group has undertaken measures to find solutions for five themes for the promotion of diversity in the Hitachi Construction Machinery Group—Building a foundation for diversity, work style reforms (work, life, and management), supporting the participation of women and minorities, supporting the activities of national staff, and globalization of Hitachi Construction Machinery in Japan. From FY2016, these activities have been taken over by and are continuing to be implemented by the Human Resources Department. In addition, the importance of respecting diversity is conveyed to employees through various rank-specific training and other venues. And the verification of the planning and progress of these activities is being handled by the Human Resources Strategy Committee. Through this and other actions, We are promoting and instilling diversity groupwide.

※ We will respect individual human rights in the recruitment and treatment of employees and during all other company activities. We will not engage in any acts that may impair individual dignity or discriminate on bases such as sex, sexual orientation, age, nationality, race, ethnicity, ideology, belief, religion, social status, family origin, disease, disability.
(Source: Hitachi Construction Machinery Group Codes of Conduct)

《 Supporting women’s participation and advancement 》 Formulation of action plans to promote women’s participation and advancement

On April 1, 2016 the “Act of Promotion of Women’s Participation and Advancement in the Workplace” that requires large companies and others to create action plans with numerical target for women’s active participation. As part of this, Hitachi Construction Machinery has established action plans for promotion of women’s participation and advancement in the workplace. The action plan contains three goals: Enhance employee motivation by leveraging worker capabilities and expanding the spectrum of opportunities they have, promote a flexible and highly productive work style, and foster a corporate culture that is accepting of diversity. We also plan to undertake other measures including improving the quality of target management interviews, introducing and encouraging employees to take advantage of various systems, including going on leave, and reinforcing management training for management-level employees.

The percentage of female workers within Hitachi Construction Machinery (non-consolidated basis) overall workforce is small. For this reason, we are working to increase the number of female employees, which includes hosting employment seminars specifically for women and handing out pamphlets in order to promote the more active hiring of women.
In addition, from 2019, we will divide the measures for promoting women’s participation and advancement into three categories: (1) building a foundation for women’s participation and advancement, (2) continuous employment / reinstatement support, and (3) career development support, and we are implementing various initiatives to solve the anxieties and issues of our female employees. We are also developing a workplace environment where a diverse workforce that includes women can maintain a strong sense of motivation and continue working while balancing their home and professional lives. Through this, we are also supporting the greater retention and participation of female employees.

《 Work-Life Management 》

Initiatives for Work Style Reform

The Hitachi Construction Machinery Group complies with laws and regulations related to working hours applied in each region, takes into consideration work-life balance, and makes efforts to curb overworking.

Hitachi Construction Machinery (non-consolidated basis) has set targets to reduce the number of overtime hours and to increase the number of days of annual paid leave taken every year. In order to achieve these targets, we conduct monthly performance distribution and enlightenment activities such as posting in-house posters. (Target for FY2021: Average monthly overtime hours within 20 hours, average number of days of annual paid leave exercised 17 days or more, etc.)

Work style reforms tend to focus on prolonged working hours, but these reforms must also be implemented from the perspective of developing an environment where workers can do their job efficiently while ensuring their health.

The Hitachi Construction Machineryover Group is working to create a comfortable and dynamic work environment that further utilizes human resources with various values, while ensuring that each and every employee can use their limited time to the maximum effect. In a message from top management released in January 2018 entitled “Launch of Work Style Reforms,” President declared Hitachi Construction Machinery will review conventional work styles together with employees and create a healthy and dynamic work environment conducive to the growth of individual employees and the company.

Specific measures include promoting work style reforms through the use of IT tools and the introduction of novel technologies such as Robotic Process Automation where burdensome processes are automated using robots. In addition, we will continue to promote improvements in the employment environment and carry out reviews of office layout and introduction of a free-address system, along with introduction of teleworking (working from home or a satellite office) to achieve more flexible work styles.

Poster on work style reform

System to support balancing work and home life

Hitachi Construction Machinery is expanding various systems in order to support a balance between work and home life. We are engaging in improvements to create an environment that is easy to work in. We are supporting employee work-life management by introducing a work system that is easy to utilize, and a leave system for childbirth, childrearing, care-giving and nursing.

Childbirth and childrearing
Maternity leave
Leave provided to women for the purpose of giving birth (8 weeks before childbirth plus 8 weeks following childbirth)

Leave for childbirth of spouse
Leave for purpose of accompanying spouse during and after childbirth (5 days total) 

Childcare leave
A leave of absence program for the purpose of raising children (3 years in total completed by March 31 of the child’s first year in elementary school)

Reduced working hours for childcare
A system of reduced working hours for the purpose of raising children (for the required period up until the child graduates from elementary school)

Caregiving/Nursing Care
Caregiving leave
A system of leave for the purpose of providing care to someone who requires it (total of 1 year or less)

Reduced hours of work for nursing care
A system of reduced working hours for the purpose of providing nursing care to someone who requires it. (for the required period until the care is no longer required)

Family-Care Leave
A system of leave for the purpose of providing care for a family member who requires it (total of 5 days or less)

Other support systems
Flexible working hours
Telecommuting (working from home, working from a satellite office)
Half-day leave
Leave for transfer of spouse overseas

《 Supporting the activities of national staff 》 Accelerating the participation of human resources from overseas

Various departments in the Hitachi Construction Machinery Group accept employees from overseas Group companies. This initiative was fully launched in 1996, and approximately 290 people have worked in Japan up to now. By proactively taking in diverse overseas personnel and expanding their opportunities we aim to improve the performance of the organization.

《 Globalization of Hitachi Construction Machinery in Japan 》 Promotion of personnel exchange with the Hitachi Group

The Hitachi Group’s “Team Sunrise(formerly: Global Wakate-kai: Hitachi Global Young Spirit Members)”conducts activities centered around young employees, including holding various study sessions and opinion exchange sessions with global as the keyword, in order to deepen understanding of the world’s cultures, including Japan, and to develop the perspective necessary to create new global values globally. The young employees of the Hitachi Construction Machinery Group also participate in this membership, across the Group boundaries, in order to form English, Chinese, and Japanese speech clubs both internally and externally, contributing to the creation of “One Hitachi” through personnel exchanges. This initiative has received such positive feedback that it was voted among the “Big5” top entries in the idea contest held under “Make a Difference!”, a Hitachi, Ltd. employee revitalization project.

The Hitachi Construction Machinery Group encourages these kinds of self-initiated activities that lead to cultivation of personnel that can understand diverse cultures and values and work globally, and we are working towards the promotion of diversity.

encsr047_p01Representative members, including young Hitachi Construction Machinery Group employees, take a picture alongside Hitachi, Ltd. President Higashihara (third from left) (“Big 5” awards ceremony)

《 Social inclusion 》

Initiative to promote the employment of people with disabilities

As of March 1st, 2021, the ratio of people with disabilities working at Hitachi Construction Machinery in Japan was 2.60% of total headcount. This exceeds the ratio designated by law (2.3%). We will maintain to hire more people with disabilities.

Supporting Employment of Older People

Hitachi Construction Machinery offers reemployment to anyone who has reached the retirement age of 60 and desires reemployment. We offer life plan training and pre-retirement interviews as support activities to help older people make the best use of the career they have built up over the years. We also promote the creation of a workplace in which diverse employees can reach their full potential.

LGBT support

We employ human rights and management training to ensure employees have an accurate understanding of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) individuals. In doing so, we are working to achieve a work environment in which each individual respects one another, does not violate individual rights and finds it easy to perform their work.

B-BBEE Initiatives in South Africa Policy

As Hitachi Construction Machinery expands its business in South Africa, it pursues activities aligned with the country’s Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE)*1 policies to create employment and economic development. As of the end of November 2019, Hitachi Construction Machinery Southern Africa has achieved a B-BBEE rating of level 4.

*1 B-BBEE: Companies and organizations in South Africa are scored on their B-BBEE initiatives and contributions and rated on a scale from level1 (highest) to 8 or as being “non-compliant.”

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