Promoting the Success of Women

Appointment of Female Key Personnel (Management Staff)

The NGK Group strives to increase opportunities for motivated and skilled people to enhance their skills regardless of gender. We are also engaged in creating comfortable working environment for women.

Ratio of Female Employees

Item Scope FY2015 FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019
Ratio of female employees* (%) NGK 12.6 12.7 12.5 12.6 12.8

Ratio among all employees

Key Personnel (Managers)

Item Scope Category FY2015 FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019
Number of key personnel (employees in managerial positions ) NGK Total 803 824 865 890 900
  Men 789 808 848 870 874
Women 14 16 17 20 26
  Dept. managers or higher 3 3 4 4 5
Ratio of women (%) 1.7 1.9 2.0 2.2 2.9
Group companies outside Japan Ratio of women (%) 16.6 15.3 21.0 16.0 20.2

Female Directors

Item Scope Category FY2015 FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019
Number of female directors (persons) NGK Total - - 12 12 13
Women - - 1 1 1
Ratio (%) - - 8.3 8.3 7.7

Promoting Women’s Active Participation through the Revised Human Resource System

NGK revised its human resource system in April 2017 with the aim of enabling employees in general employment positions who were engaged in routine tasks to take on a broader range and a higher level of work. The new human resource system helps career advancement by allowing individual employees to take on the challenge of moving up to a higher job grade.
In addition, for those in general employment positions in charge of doing clerical and routine work, we are striving to create an environment where both employees and their supervisors can achieve high performance by improving and consolidating their duties.

Establishment of a Career Consultation Helpdesk

In 2016, we established a career consultation helpdesk for female employees to discuss career-related concerns. At the helpdesk, certified career consultants provide support and consultation services to employees, while strictly observing confidentiality. Since 2017, we have expanded the service to make it available not only to women but to all employees.

Introduction of System to Support Early Return from Parental Leave

We have introduced a system to encourage and support employees so that they can return from maternity and childcare leave and resume their careers at an early stage.

Work-Life Balance: Systems to Support Early Return from Parental Leave

Training for Employees Returning from Childcare Leave

Training was provided for female employees returning after the end of their designated childcare leave period, as well as for their supervisors. During this training, participants were offered advice on how to orient their focus and coordinate their schedule in balancing work and family responsibilities, as well as how to go about developing a medium-to-long-term career plan. Despite being from different departments, all of the participants were alike in that they faced the challenges of balancing childrearing with work, and through their interactions with one another, they were able to share their stories, their struggles, and their advice.

Group J Clerical Staff Career Design Training

In line with the revisions made to NGK's human resource system for general employees in April 2017 (job grade standardization and extension of the mandatory retirement age to 65), Group J clerical staff were provided with career design training intended to serve as an opportunity for them to think about their future career path and work style. Through this training, participants examined the expectations of those around them, their own skills and values, and then objectively considered their career goals from a medium-to-long term perspective and what they need to do to achieve them.
Participants not only utilized information provided by their instructors but also engaged in solo and group work to facilitate a deeper level of self-awareness and discovery.

Women's Active Participation Promotion Project: “Surprising Women”

In fiscal 2018, NGK launched its new Women's Active Participation Promotion Project. Taking women's empowerment efforts beyond just expanding support systems and providing training to supervisors, the project, called “Surprising Women,” includes members from the Human Resources Department and other company departments in order to achieve a broader, company-wide perspective.
In fiscal 2019, in order to expand job opportunities for Group J clerical staff, these employees and their supervisors filled out questionnaires that yielded suggestions for future progress.
We also held career design workshops for female Group J staff, where participants interacted with their peers and their more experienced colleagues, in the process dispelling worries about the future and giving them the opportunity to take the initiative towards their desired career.

Hamada Seminar

NGK Outside Director Emiko Hamada led a seminar for female Group S key personnel called the “Hamada Seminar.” To help participants understand what constitutes good work and the creation of a satisfying company, Ms. Hamada interspersed talk of her own experiences with what makes work rewarding and worthwhile for company officers and key personnel, and exchanged opinions with participants on their future career ideals.

Submitting Our Action Plan for Promoting Women's Active Workplace Participation to MHLW

In January 2019, in accordance with the Act on Promotion of Women's Participation and Advancement in the Workplace, NGK submitted a general employer action plan to the Aichi Labor Bureau, which is overseen by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW).
In this plan, NGK sets the goal of hiring more female employees. Accordingly, the proportion of women among new hires increased from 16% in fiscal 2012 to 28% in fiscal 2019.
We will keep working on the initiatives according to the action plan to accomplish our goals.

Action Plan

Outline of the action plan for promoting the advancement of women submitted to the Aichi Labor Bureau of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. We have acknowledged that we have a small number of women in management positions and have set goals, such as fostering a culture that promotes the active participation of women and increasing the number of female managers to 1.5 times the current number.

Third-Party Certifications

Certified as an “L-Boshi” Company for Excellence in Promoting Women's Active Participation

In March 2017, NGK was certified as an “L-Boshi” company by the Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW). This certification is granted to companies that have done excellent jobs in accordance with the Act on Promotion of Women's Participation and Advancement in the Workplace.
Each applicant for the certification is evaluated on five criteria: recruitment, employment continuity, working hours, percentage of female managers, and diverse career paths. In September 2019, NGK satisfied all five criteria and received certification for level three, the highest certification level.

Kurumin logo symbolizing certification of a company supporting next-generation childcare, from the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.

Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare Next-generation support certification logo “Kurumin” (2012)

Mark of “L-boshi” certification, representing corporate excellence in the promotion of women's active participation, Certification level 3, awarded by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.

Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare “L-boshi” certification of corporate excellence in the promotion of women's active participation Certification level 3 (2019)

Certified as a Company Promoting Women's Active Participation by Nagoya City*

In recognition of our efforts to create a workplace environment that encourages women's active participation such as revising our system for transferring to career-track positions, we were certified as a Company Promoting Women's Active Participation by Nagoya City in January 2012 and recertified in January 2018.

  • A system for certifying companies that conduct outstanding initiatives in the areas of (1) awareness improvement, (2) work-life balance, and (3) promotion of women's active participation.
Mark certifying a Company Promoting Women's Active Participation, from Nagoya City.

Nagoya City
Certification of corporate promotion of women's active participation (2011)

Mark certifying Aichi “Shining Women” Companies, from Aichi Prefecture.

Aichi Prefecture
Certification of Aichi “Shining Women” Companies (2016)