"Employees are intangible assets—human assets."
We of Horiba believe that people are our most important assets. They are the company's least visible and yet most important assets.
When human assets, each of whom has unique talents, gather to form a team, infinite possibilities lie ahead of them.
Our approach to promoting diversity is to create an environment in which individual employees fully demonstrate their talents and capabilities.
Message from Atsushi Horiba, Chairman & Group CEO:
A company will not last if all its employees do the same thing.
It is important that employees work together while demonstrating their strengths and uniqueness, moving forward in the same direction as a Super Dream Team.
In 2013, a female Manager Training participant expressed her opinion about diversity, which led to the company's 2014 launch of a diversity promotion project involving all group companies in Japan. Juichi Saito, then Vice President, served as the project owner.
In 2017, the company launched a diversity promotion unit, the HORIBA Stained Glass Project Office. This office is responsible for connecting and aligning the top management, worksite employees, and Human Resources Division in promoting diversity so that the opinions of all parties are heard.
This project portrays the company as a beautiful stained glass picture; each employee is a piece of stained glass with a unique color, shape, and size. The project mission and envisioned goals are as follows.
We establish a strong HORIBA by allowing various personalities and talents to shine for creating new values on an ongoing basis.
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Chairman of the HORIBA Stained Glass Project Steering Committee
Vice Chairman & Group COO
Our corporate motto, "Joy and Fun," has always been the jumping-off point for our celebration of diversity.
HORIBA pioneered the initiative to achieve a sound work-life balance among Japanese companies when we partially introduced a 4-day work week in the 1980s.
From the beginning of the 1990s, we accelerated the drive to globalize our business, providing our diverse human resources with more opportunities to shine.
We will continue adding more colors to the beautiful “stained glass” that is made up of our employees and let it shine even more brightly to create value unique to HORIBA.
HORIBA was selected as a FY2020 "Nadeshiko Brand," an initiative recognizing enterprises that are outstanding in terms of encouraging women's success in the workplace based on a survey jointly held by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI) and the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE). For the second consecutive year, HORIBA has received this accolade, which was awarded to 46 out of some 3,600 listed enterprises.
The inclusion of diverse human resources forms a part of our management strategies at HORIBA, where management, HR, and field staff join hands together to promote diversity. Guided by our corporate motto, "Joy and Fun," we will continue to provide a great workplace where each and every employee is encouraged to fulfill his or her unique potential and have a sense of satisfaction with what he or she is doing, thus enhancing our corporate value.
For the second consecutive year, HORIBA was selected under the FY2020 Health and Productivity Stock Selection Program, co-sponsored by METI and TSE. Forty enterprises out of all the listed companies in Japan (3,776) were recognized this year.
By socially recognizing outstanding enterprises that focus on and strategically carry out efforts aimed at improving their employees' health from a management perspective, the program is designed to encourage enterprises to engage in "health and productivity management*." HORIBA was selected under the program in recognition of its organizational efforts to promote "health and productivity management," implement original measures such as the Health Up Challenge program and a cafeteria improvement committee, and verify the effects and improvement of such measures.
* The term "health and productivity management" is a registered trademark of the Nonprofit Organization Kenkokeiei (Workshop for the Management of Health on Company and Employee).
In accordance with a self-set action plan, HORIBA, Ltd. has organized seminars and networking opportunities designed to continuously support the career paths of female employees, encouraged male employees to take paternal leave and all employees to take paid leave in a planned manner, and promoted the work-from-home system designed to increase productivity.
In 2020, these initiatives earned HORIBA, Ltd. the "Platinum Kurumin" Certification, which is awarded by the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan to companies that maintain high standards of support for employees with children.
This makes HORIBA, Ltd. the second company of the HORIBA Group to receive the certification after HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd., which received the "Platinum Kurumin" Certification in 2019.
Our active engagement in diversity management was recognized to be 'management capabilities that contribute to economic growth' and selected as one of the FY2015 New Diversity Management Selection 100 by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry. We were the first Kyoto-based company to be selected.
We were recognized as a Certified Health and Productivity Management Organization by Nippon Kenko Kaigi for understanding employee health issues as well as actively introducing and examining the effectiveness of health maintenance and promoting measures (such as projects to improve psychological and physiological health and to implement healthy company management). We have been certified since 2017.