Diversity

The Z Holdings Group makes efforts to create an environment where each employee can perform to the best of their abilities regardless of differences in life stage or personal attributes.

*This webpage covers the activities of Yahoo Japan Corporation (“Yahoo! JAPAN”). We intend to sequentially disclose the information of other group companies as it becomes available.

Basic Policy on Diversity

By being a company where diverse human resources can maximize organizational effectiveness based on mutual understanding and respect, Yahoo! JAPAN of the Z Holdings Group aims to achieve its mission of “UPDATE JAPAN – Making Japan more convenient with the power of information technology.”
More specifically, we work to solve problems within the company through employee projects on such themes as female employees, childcare, LGBT employees, persons with disabilities, globally hired employees, and more. As each of these projects is run under the sponsorship of corporate officers, our diversity measures are implemented with full commitment of the management.

Respect for Basic Human Rights

In accordance with international human rights principles*, the Z Holdings Group works to maintain a safe and secure working environment and respect the human rights and individuality of each and every employee by forbidding the use of forced labor and child labor, prohibiting discrimination and harassment, managing working hours, and recognizing labor unions and the right to collective bargaining, and others.

  • *Refers to: Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, Children’s Rights and Business Principles, and the eight conventions constituting the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.

Initiatives to Promote Diversity

As part of our training to our managers, diversity management training focused on work styles of various human resources is conducted in Yahoo! JAPAN. This training is mandatory for all new managers, and approximately 240 managers attend the course in a year. The training covers basic knowledge, and through discussions and case studies, participants learn about points to note when managing subordinates whose work style differs from the managers.
Once a year, a week is dedicated to celebrate diversity. The human resources department, corporate officers and employee volunteers collaborate to hold an awareness-raising event to promote diversity within the company. Lectures and workshops are held as an occasion for all the employees to give a thought on diversity.
Furthermore, employee volunteers, corporate officers and human resources department join hands to conduct problem solving activities related to advancement of women, women’s health, childcare, LGBT, persons with disabilities and globally hired employees.

Promoting Participation of Women in the Workplace

Yahoo! JAPAN conducts initiatives to ensure that women can continue working in a secure environment. In accordance with the Act on Promotion of Women’s Participation and Advancement in the Workplace, we submitted our action plan on this issue to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in March 2016.

Measures based on the Act on Promotion of Women's Participation and Advancement in the Workplace

Currently, the proportion of female managers to the entire workforce in the Z Holdings Group is 18.9% for fiscal 2019. The percentage of women in overall and managerial positions is lower than the guideline in the Act on Promotion of Women's Participation and Advancement in the Workplace, and this is listed as an issue in Yahoo! JAPAN’s Action Plan for the Promotion of Women's Activities. We will continue to proactively address this issue through measures to support life events and career development.

Measures to promote the activities of diverse human resources

We have carried out measures to support women’s careers since fiscal 2012, including career workshops and lectures hosted by female employee volunteers. In fiscal 2017, we held a seminar with about 70 participants on the “study of men,” which examined women’s social participation from the perspective of men, to promote understanding of diverse careers and work styles that are not bound by gender.

Creating the next generation of female leaders

From fiscal 2019, Yahoo! JAPAN Academia, an in-house university of Yahoo! JAPAN established with the purpose of developing “next-generation leaders,” has held “Female manager class,” a program designed for female employees who are interested in management and who wish to climb up the career ladder. From fiscal 2020, Z Academia, an in-house university of the Z Holdings Corporation, is conducting a similar program.

Picture of workshops

Childcare/Nursing

In addition to the Office Anywhere system which enables employees to work anywhere, shorter working hours, flextime, and childcare & nursing care leave, Yahoo! JAPAN introduced a “selectable work system” in 2017 which allows employees to take leave one day per week in addition to weekends. The targets of this system are employees with a resident child at elementary school age or younger, or those that need to provide nursing care to family members. This enables a work style that better suits employees’ specific needs, such as using the program only in August to coincide with the child’s summer holidays.
Activities to support the balancing of work and childcare have been constantly conducted since 2012, led by employee volunteers. They include talk sessions between employees with small children and their managers, information exchange & consultation lunch meetings, and individual consultations.

Picture of information exchange & consultation lunch meetings

LGBT

Yahoo! JAPAN has reviewed its definition of “spouse” in its internal regulations to apply the same welfare as traditional spouses to same-sex partners and common-law spouses.
As opportunities to promote understanding of LGBT within the company, we also carry out diversity training provided by the human resources department for managerial personnel as well as activities to facilitate understanding and raise awareness within and outside the company through lectures hosted by volunteer employees and exhibitions in LGBT-related events.
In fiscal 2019, Yahoo! JAPAN received gold rating (highest rank) on PRIDE Index, which is an evaluation index on companies’ inclusivity efforts towards LGBT and other sexual minority employees. In fiscal 2020, Yahoo! JAPAN has expressed its support for "Business for Marriage Equality," a campaign to encourage companies to support marriage equality (legalization of same-sex marriage) in Japan, and is continuing to promote understanding both internally and externally.
Yahoo! JAPAN will continue to work on establishing a workplace environment and society where LGBT employees can work in comfort.

  • *LGBT – L (lesbian), G (gay), B (bisexual) and T(transgender)

Persons with Disabilities

Our recruitment policy is based on individual ability and ambition, regardless of whether the person has disabilities or not.
The human resources department manages any employment, work, or life-related concerns employees with disabilities may have. Yahoo! JAPAN also has a special leave program for employees with disabilities in place, which grants special leave of six days per year. Employees with disabilities work in a wide range of areas including sales and services planning, engineering, web design, customer support, management, and more.
In addition, a volunteer project within the company is continuously working to improve the services in collaboration with the services provided by Yahoo! JAPAN, utilizing the perspectives of persons with disabilities.
Yahoo! JAPAN currently satisfies the statutory employment ratio of persons with disabilities and will continue to actively employ such persons and establish a workplace environment where employees with disabilities can perform to their full potential.

Para-Athletes

Some of our employees with disabilities are also athletes. Their work hours and work volume are aligned with their desires. Currently, four para-athletes work at Yahoo! JAPAN, aiming to acquire job experience and skills while competing as athletes and fulfilling their work obligations at the same time. Led by projects by employee volunteers, we hold events that promote exchanges with para-athletes and the understanding of disabilities, as part of our efforts to foster a culture that allows our employees with disabilities to work in security and perform to their full capacity.

The picture of our athletes with disabilities  From the left, Kota Hokinoue (Wheelchair Marathon), Akiko Sugino (Para-Badminton), Shintaro Kano (Wheelchair Fencing), Koki Takemura (Wheelchair Marathon)

Globally Hired Employees

Yahoo! JAPAN offers opportunities to those who have the will to self-develop and those with ambition, regardless of age, gender, or nationality. Employee volunteers and the human resources department work in tandem to carry out internal awareness-raising activities with the aim of fostering a culture that removes barriers for international employees and encourages employees to interact with different people.
In fiscal 2017, we held events to promote cross-cultural exchange and cross-cultural understanding, as well as to build a network among international employees.
In fiscal 2018, we hosted a Chinese New Year Night, and employees with various cultural background gathered to socialize.
In fiscal 2019, in addition to the regular orientation program held for new globally hired employees, we held a welcome event to support networking between senior employees and new recruits.
Furthermore, management’s messages to employees via the intranet or e-mail are prepared in both Japanese and English to further the understanding of all employees.

Picture of cross-cultural exchange event