Encouraging Diversity and Promoting a Work-Life Balance

Basic Stance

Continuing to Be a Company That Is Inspiring

For DENSO to maintain the trust and understanding of society while continuing to grow going forward, it is essential for the Company to leverage the strengths and viewpoints of its broad range of employees around the world. In other words, DENSO must further promote diversity and inclusion. Valuing the new ideas that are born out of the diverse value systems held by employees and fostering a warmhearted atmosphere where kindness and respect are shown to the individuality of each employee are two irreplaceable aspects in realizing sustainable growth for the Company. To this end, DENSO is working to realize an organizational environment and culture that embraces all individuals, regardless of personal attributes such as race, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, nationality, religion, disability, sexual orientation, career history, or value systems, thereby allowing a diverse group of employees to work with enthusiasm and energy.

1. Global Initiatives

In 2016, DENSO’s president & CEO issued a message on diversity, which was released via the Company’s corporate website, internal intranet, in-house newsletter, and other outlets. This message was delivered with the aim to communicate senior management’s approach to diversity and inclusion initiatives both internally and externally. Guided by our management’s strong conviction to promote diversity and inclusion, we will actively pursue relevant initiatives in each country and region of operation going forward.

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Message from the Officer in Charge of Diversity & Inclusion Promotion

DENSO is a company that generates new value with a view to creating an eco-friendly mobility society in which all people experience happiness and peace of mind. Innovation is key to realizing a carbon-neutral society with no fatalities from traffic accidents, and we believe the source of innovation comes from a co-creation environment where differing opinions and ideas can be exchanged openly and freely.
Gathering together employees from around the world with a wide range of abilities and values (diversity) is the most important factor in creating such an environment. Specifically, it is imperative that our employees understand and respect each other through heartfelt communication (inclusion).
To that end, DENSO will promote diversity and inclusion on a global basis in order to continue to be a company that inspires and can meet the constantly changing expectations of society.

Yasuhiko Yamazaki,
Chief Human Resources Officer,
Executive Vice President

Examples of Initiatives

D&I themes are different according to each country and culture; therefore, DENSO promotes activities that are suitable for each region.
For example, in Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand, where a large number of women work at our production sites, production lines adapted for pregnant women have been installed, enabling them to work while sitting down. By doing so, DENSO has created an environment where women at production sites can work energetically without experiencing stress during pregnancy, and these efforts also include supportive care for breastfeeding mothers.
In North America and Japan, we hold an internal event during Pride Month,* in June of every year, to eliminate unconscious bias toward sexual minorities.
In fiscal 2023, we simultaneously held events in North America, Europe, and India to promote the active role of women in the workplace. The events were held in March to coincide with International Women’s Day. At these events, panel discussions and lectures led by experts were held in each region, with hundreds of employees attending each event.

*Pride Month: Month of various events to show LGBTQ+ rights, culture, and community support around the world

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2. Domestic Initiatives

(1) Encouraging Diversity

The promotion of an active role for female employees, senior employees, persons with disabilities, and employees from overseas is a key issue for DENSO. To this end, we have been strengthening our organization exclusively for promoting diversity since January 2014. Under the leadership of the CHRO, we have also taken steps to enhance our systems and raise internal awareness of this issue.

Fiscal year 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Female employees 5,674
Senior employees
(employed post-retirement age)
3,396 3,406 3,679 4,053 4,521
Persons with disabilities *1 743
Employees from overseas *2 286 369 278 231 283

*1 Total number and percentage of persons with disabilities employed by DENSO CORPORATION, DENSO Taiyo Co., Ltd., and DENSO Blossom Co., Ltd.
*2 Employees from overseas: Total number of employees employed at DENSO CORPORATION or dispatched from overseas Group companies to work at DENSO CORPORATION

(2) Promoting the Active Role of Female Employees

At DENSO CORPORATION, we are working to bolster our employment of women. At the same time, we are continuously pursuing activities to promote the active role of our female employees through such means as establishing an environment that allows women to advance their careers throughout each major life event and implementing career support systems. In these ways, we are making proactive efforts to promote the active role of female employees.

Road Map for Promoting the Active Role of Female Employees

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Targets for Promoting the Active Role of Women

DENSO has set targets for the end of fiscal 2026 and is promoting activities centered on strengthening the recruitment of women, supporting the career development of female employees, and supporting male employees in participating in childcare.

Percentage of women hired as new graduates: Business fields: 50%, Technological fields: 15%, Technical fields: 30% or more (from fiscal 2022 and beyond)
Number of female employees in managerial positions in business fields: 200
Number of female employees in managerial positions in technical fields: 200 (by the end of fiscal 2026)

Percentage of male employees taking childcare leave: 13% for a period of one month or more
Percentage of female employees taking childcare leave: 99% for a period of one year (by the end of fiscal 2026)

Main Initiatives
Career planning Once a year, female employees on a main career track have an interview with their supervisors. Based on the discussions held at these interviews, supervisors create medium- to long-term plans for career development. By having female employees carry out their daily work in line with these plans and nurturing them along the way, we are working in close cooperation with our female employees with the aim of realizing ideal career designs.
Leader training for women We offer classroom learning to newly appointed female managers that provides an outline of and introduces methods for organizational management. In addition, guided by the support of supervisors, we implement training that helps female managers create ideas and pursue organizational management methods as leaders through the resolution of workplace issues.
Mentor System Through our mentor system, women in managerial positions offer support to female managerial candidates by providing them with advice to ease any concerns regarding management positions, thereby helping to expand their point of view.
Promotion of women in technician roles

We hold discussions on issues and engage in efforts to resolve issues for female managers and supervisors working in technician roles. These discussions aim to realize a workplace in which everyone regardless of gender can work with enthusiasm and energy. We are also expanding networks to connect female employees with each other, including through the introduction of role models.

Training for Managerial Personnel on Diversity In order to facilitate an understanding of the significance of diversity and inclusion, beginning with promoting the active role of female employees (significance for management and significance for the workplace) among personnel in managerial positions, and to ensure that such personnel become advocates for changing the workplace culture, we conduct interactive training that covers such matters as the importance of promoting active roles for women, ways to interact with female subordinates, career development, and evaluation.
Diversity Training for New Employees We conduct training for new employees to make them aware of how important it is for a corporation to promote the active role of not only women but also of a diverse group of human resources. This training also aims to make employees aware of any unconscious bias they may have.
Seminars on Promoting the Active Role of Female Employees We hold lectures to enhance awareness of women’s career development, attended by female employees, as well as by managerial personnel who have female subordinates.
Health Seminar for Women We implement a seminar to help women understand specific health issues they face and to ensure that they can work in good health and with enthusiasm.
Seminars for Encouraging Male Employees to Take Childcare Leave To foster a culture in which both men and women are involved in childcare, we hold seminars aimed at staff in managerial positions to encourage male employees to take childcare leave.
Interviews Before/After Taking Childcare Leave Time can become easily restricted during the period of raising children, and it is therefore important for employees to take on work-related challenges that will lead to their individual growth, without having to give up on continuing their career. We believe that it is necessary for supervisors and subordinates to come together to discuss workstyles and career development. To that extent, we conduct interviews with employees before and after they take childcare leave.
Seminars for supporting returning to work To give employees an image of what it will be like coming back to work after taking leave, we hold online seminars in which not only our female employees but also their partners can participate. Through these seminars, we provide support to allow women to smoothly return to their jobs. At the same time, we work to raise awareness for our employees’ partners regarding the importance of teamwork when it comes to balancing work with raising a child.
Handbook for Supporting a Work–Life Balance We have prepared handbooks (special versions for male employees, female employees, and their supervisors) that describe what to do during each phase of pregnancy, from the time an employee or their partner becomes aware of the pregnancy to the time the employee or their partner gives birth and returns to work. In this way, we offer support for achieving a work–life balance throughout the pregnancy and childbirth process.
Consultation center for female employees We have established a specialized center that allows our female employees to easily seek consultation on the various concerns they may have, including those that relate to career plans, giving birth, and returning to work after giving birth. In addition, the center provides support to female employees in a variety of ways, including introducing them to other female employees who have gone through similar experiences.
System to rehire employees who have moved due to a spouse’s job transfer We have in place a system for rehiring employees who have left due to a spouse’s job transfer or nursing care-related reasons.
System for Changing Positions We have in place a program for changing positions to enable employees who joined as members of administrative staff to build new careers in career-track positions.
Various Work Systems We offer a variety of options for work, such as teleworking, flextime, shortened working hours, exemption from overtime work, exemption from night shifts, paid leave in half-day units, accumulated paid leave, side jobs, a reemployment system (nursing care and spouse transfer), and remote work (for childcare or nursing care reasons).

Number of women in executive and management positions [DENSO CORPORATION]
Fiscal year 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Officers *1 1
Women in management positions 86

*1 Up to fiscal 2019: Directors, Audit & Supervisory Board members, executive directors, and senior executive directors. From fiscal 2020 onward: Directors, Audit & Supervisory Board members, and senior executive officers
*2 Includes employees seconded from DENSO to other companies but not employees who have been seconded from other companies to DENSO

Number and ratio of female new graduate hires
Fiscal year 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Administrative positions 24
Technical positions 58
Engineering work *2 123
Administrative work 29
Overall Employment 26% 25% 24% 18% 23%

*1 Percentages in the above table are the ratio of women within the total number of employees in each position.
*2 Excluding DENSO Technical Skills Academy

(3) Supporting the Role of Senior Employees

At DENSO, to leverage the abundance of experience and skills that our senior employees possess and to support a fulfilling role for them, we are offering assistance for a diverse range of workstyles and lifestyles in a manner that tailors to individual life plans. At the same time, we are implementing systems to encourage an active role for employees hired out of retirement and introducing policies to enhance their motivation to take on new challenges. Approximately 85% of employees who have reached retirement age have made use of these rehiring systems, leveraging the experience they have gained through their service with the Company in new roles.

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*1 Career assistant system: A system for those who seek reemployment after retirement that introduces a shortened workweek with shorter working hours per day, thereby catering to a wide range of work preferences
*2 Senior Challenge System: A system implemented in collaboration with major recruiting companies that provides opportunities to those interested to work from home in a manner that leverages their insight and skills

(4) Initiatives related to employing people with disabilities

Employment of people with disabilities

DENSO commenced the regular employment of people with physical disabilities in 1978 with the aim of having them participate in society and become self-reliant. In 1984, we established DENSO Taiyo Co., Ltd., a special-purpose subsidiary that primarily hires people with physical disabilities, in Aichi Prefecture, which was the first of its kind at the time. In 2016, we established the new special-purpose subsidiary DENSO Blossom Co., Ltd. This company employs people with mental and intellectual disabilities, who primarily perform clerical work.
Over 800 employees with disabilities are working at DENSO CORPORATION and its special-purpose subsidiaries.

Policy on employing people with disabilities

With the aim of having a large number of people with disabilities continuing to work with peace of mind, we have adopted the following two policies and are promoting efforts based on these policies.

  • Actively employ people with disabilities with the aim of having them participate in society and become self-reliant

  • Become a company where people with disabilities can leverage their capabilities and work in a lively and energetic manner

Trend in the Ratio of Persons with Disabilities Employed

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Main Initiatives

At DENSO CORPORATION, people with and without disabilities work side by side in the same workplace. We provide various support and accommodations depending on the nature of our employees’ disabilities so that employees can work safely and productively without feeling hindered by their disability.

Barrier-Free Access
Safety Measures
Our facilities are fully equipped with elevators, ostomate toilets, and sliding doors.
On our production lines, employees who are hard of hearing are able to confirm the operational status of equipment via lights and vibration.
Holding of sign language clubs
Distribution of speech-to-text tools
Dispatch of sign language interpreters
As part of our measures to support communication with hearing-impaired individuals, we are training employees who can sign; creating opportunities for interaction sign language clubs); distributing tools that automatically recognize and convert speech into text; and dispatching sign language interpreters to meetings and training sessions.
Competing in the Abilympics We are proactively supporting employees’ participation in the National Abilympics, a nationwide competition for people with disabilities to showcase the skills they have cultivated in the workplace.
Since fiscal 2005, we have competed in the electronics assembly category every year, in which we have constantly ranked highly.

(5) Efforts toward the LGBTQ+ Community

At DENSO CORPORATION, with the aim of realizing a workplace where everyone can play an active role, we are working to enhance employee awareness and understanding so that we offer workplaces where discrimination based on gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and gender expression does not exist. At the same time, we are working to improve various frameworks to ensure that they are not discriminatory.

Examples of Initiatives

  1. Made employee number design style and uniforms the same for male and female employees

  2. Same-sex partnership program

  3. Implemented diversity training for new employees

  4. Harassment prevention training targeting approximately 3,100 general managers of production lines/p>

  5. Held events during Pride Month to promote understanding of LGBTQ+ issues

  6. Handbook to promote understanding of LGBTQ+ issues

  7. Seminar to facilitate understanding of the LGBTQ+ community

  8. Ally registration

  9. Established in-house consultation center and provided individual responses to issues brought to our attention through this center (response to toilets, locker rooms, health checks, etc.)

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    To coincide with Pride Month, the employee cafeteria offered a special “Rainbow Menu.”

(6) Initiatives for Mid-Career Hires

DENSO CORPORATION is promoting mid-career hires in order to increase diversity of experience and acquire knowledge that the Company has been lacking. New mid-career hires account for around 25% of the total number of employees we hire for regular positions. We have in place various types of support to help mid-career hires overcome any mental or physical anxieties, including helping them establish a personnel network with through introductory training sessions and providing them with a consultation center.
Going forward, we aim to maintain the current level of standards with regard to mid-career hires.

(7) Initiatives for Promoting the Acceptance of Diverse Nationalities, Ethnicities, and Religions and Faiths

At DENSO CORPORATION, we are making concerted efforts to ensure that employees of diverse backgrounds can work with peace of mind. In addition to offering multilingual display options on our company intranet, we hold a Global Week event to promote understanding. During this event, we offer cuisine from various countries at employee cafeterias. We also understand that religion and faith are elements that form each employee’s personal set of values, and we make considerations to ensure that employees who have various religious and faith obligations in their daily lives can work with peace of mind. An example of such considerations is the establishment of prayer rooms in our offices.

3. Initiatives for Realizing a Work–Life Balance

To make DENSO CORPORATION a more inviting place to work for employees who live various kinds of lifestyles, we have established flexible systems that provide support for realizing a work–life balance. At the same time, we are taking steps to raise awareness and reform workstyles at all of our offices.

Main Initiatives

Enhancement of paid leave systems and workstyles related to childcare and nursing care To ensure that our employees have peace of mind in continuing their work while engaging in childcare or nursing care, we have established paid leave and work systems to an extent that far exceeds legal requirements.
Operation of in-house childcare facility We operate an in-house childcare facility that is available to children from eight weeks old to roughly six years old, prior to entering elementary school. Not only is this facility open on holidays in accordance with the corporate calendar, employees are able to drop off their children in early morning or late at night. This in turn provides support for a diverse range of workstyles that best suits the circumstances of each individual employee.
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    (operated together with five Toyota Group companies: Kariya City, Aichi Prefecture, four locations; Kota, Nukata District, Aichi Prefecture, one location; Daian, Inabe City, Mie Prefecture, one location)

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    (Kosai City, Shizuoka Prefecture, one location)

Holiday daycare for employees in technical positions We have established a daycare space within our plants for holidays on which the Company still operates. This helps establish a structure that enables our technicians with children to come to work on holidays.
Remote working system To support employees who face the challenge of balancing work with childcare or nursing care, we offer a remote working system.
Introduction of teleworking system We have introduced a teleworking system that allows employees to work from home or at a location outside the office all day, or before they come into the office or after they return home from the office. In this way, we are working to secure flexibility for employees in terms of work location and working hours.
Measures to promote communication between supervisors and employees who are expecting the birth of a child Employees who are expecting the birth of a child and their supervisors are given opportunities to discuss topics such as the acquisition of childcare leave and workstyle options for balancing work and childcare.

Childcare Support

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Number of Employees Utilizing Childcare and Nursing Care Leave (DENSO CORPORATION)

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Number of Employees Utilizing Childcare and Nursing Care Leave (DENSO CORPORATION)
Fiscal years 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Childcare Leave Female 286 349 316 330 335
Male 45 57 123 269 506
Nursing Care Leave Female 8 9 2 5 5
Male 7 16 8 9 13
Shortened hours for childcare Female 307 344 361 354 393
Male 2 6 9 10 17

4. External Evaluation

2016 Recognized as part of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s Diversity Management Selection 100
2017 Recipient of Company of Brilliance Award, from Aichi Prefecture
2018 Recipient of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare’s “Excellent Equal Opportunity / Work and Family-Life Balance Companies” award in the Family Friendly Company category.
Received the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare’s Award for Excellence
2019 Winner of the 8th Japan HR Challenge Award Incentive Prize
2021 Continued to be recognized as a “Family Friendly Company” by Aichi Prefecture
2022 / 2023 Awarded the highest rating of Gold on PRIDE Index 2022 and 2023

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Future Initiatives

Initiatives for promoting diversity are essential in attaining sustainable growth of society as a whole as well as of the DENSO Group. Going forward, we will take on the promotion of diversity and inclusion and the support of a work–life balance as a Groupwide managerial issue and work together across the Group to enhance and reinforce related initiatives.