February 22, 2016,11:00 +0900(JST) For Working Environment Where Female Staff can Fully Demonstrate their Capabilities
I hear that at the end of January, 11 female employees from companies in the Sumitomo Electric Group had a meeting to exchange information on how to create the environment where female staff can demonstrate their capabilities to the fullest. The participants' companies varied in terms of operation category, business scale, and percentage of female employees. In addition, while some of the companies have already actively implemented various measures to promote such concepts, others have not taken appropriate action yet.
Nevertheless, according to a staff member from Sumitomo Electric who attended the meeting, all the participants were determined to carve out a bright future for those who will follow them. They exchanged information on their companies' efforts and measures, and encouraged each other. Now that this very lively meeting has been held, the participants are presently planning to hold a workshop as the next step. Since the meeting was attended by only 11 people, you may feel that this is a very small start. However, I hope that this will develop into a big movement to promote a more diverse management structure throughout the Group, which employs 240,000 people.
I also hope that this valuable opportunity will not end with the participants' passion gradually fading away. To avoid this, I believe that staff members in charge of this project need to continue leading the way with a lot of enthusiasm, while the participants need to always share the project's purpose, goal and timeline to achieve them. I would like to ask everybody around them to give them warm, and sometimes demanding support.
Anyway, I would like to express my support for all the participants! Go for it!