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Kokusai Kogyo is now signatory to the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs)

August 27, 2021

Kokusai Kogyo has endorsed the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs)※1, developed in collaboration between the UN Global Compact and UN Women, pledging to act according to its principles through the signing of its CEO Statement of Support.

Prior to WEPs endorsement, Kokusai Kogyo has initiated action towards gender equality by working to increase the ratio of women at management level and boosting paternity leave through its general employer action plan set under the Act on the Promotion of Female Participation and Career Advancement in the Workplace※2. The ratio of women among all Kokusai Kogyo employees, and among management, have been increasing yearly. Kokusai Kogyo respects diversity among its employees and promotes an equal opportunity workplace, where everyone can perform at their full potential, through fair employee evaluation standards, enforcement of child care leave policies, and other means, across all their locations.

Kokusai Kogyo will continue to contribute to the global movement to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through its promotion of diversity and gender equality. Kokusai Kogyo’s CEO message※3 on signing its statement is as below:

“At Kokusai Kogyo we empower women by creating a workplace that both values and builds on all kinds of diversity – in ideas, abilities, and experiences – because an environment that enables everyone to create value in their own way, not just women, is actually what enables women to reach their full career potential. Empowerment of women is a key strategy we are pursuing for sustainable corporate growth.”

Sandra Wu, Wen-Hsiu, Chairperson and CEO, Kokusai Kogyo Co., Ltd.

※1 Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) https://www.weps.org/
※2 Kokusai Kogyo’s general employer action plan (in Japanese) https://www.kkc.co.jp/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/action-plan.pdf
※3 Kokusai Kogyo’s WEPs profile https://www.weps.org/company/kokusai-kogyo-co-ltd