4. Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion

As a comprehensive entertainment company offering enjoyment, emotion, knowledge, and more without barriers through culture, the KADOKAWA Group believes that it should help to realize a society where no one is discriminated against. We respect diversity, including race, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, nationality, culture, values, and more, and we do not tolerate discrimination or prejudice. This attitude is fundamental to all of our Group business activities, from the treatment of employees in employment, training, evaluation, promotions, and more to creating and offering content and services and in our interactions with users, creators, business partners, shareholders, locals, and all other stakeholders.

We also respect freedom of expression in content and services, but as an exception to this rule, we do not tolerate expressions that idly encourage discrimination and prejudice or that wrongfully infringe upon the rights of others.

The KADOKAWA Group works to create an environment and corporate culture that values human individuality and diversity based on these ideas.



Promoting Opportunities for Women

At the KADOKAWA Group, female employees account for 45.9% of the total 7,132 employees. 21.6% of our managerial and executive positions are women, with 186 female section chiefs and other middle management, 71 female department heads and other senior management, and 17 female directors(as of July 31, 2021). Many women play a central role in our business. Our goal is to increase the ratio of female management positions in the KADOKAWA Group's domestic consolidated subsidiaries to 30% by FY2030.

At KADOKAWA, we have introduced a variety of leave systems and allowances to support the diverse working styles of all our employees. We have achieved a 100% rate of both return and retention for men and women who have taken childcare leave. (as of July 31, 2021) We have established general action plans based on the Act on the Promotion of Female Participation and Career Advancement in the Workplace and the Act on Advancement of Measures to Support Raising Next-Generation Children. We are working to create the foundation for female participation by setting up a pleasant environment for work. We have also been recognized by outside organizations, having attained the highest level 3 certification in the "Eruboshi" certification system in September 2017. With this award, the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare certifies companies that are doing an excellent job in implementing initiatives on women’s participation in the workplace.

Management and Directors (as of July 31, 2021)

  Male Female Overall
Employees Percentage Employees Percentage Employees
KADOKAWA Middle management *1 235 75.1% 78 24.9% 313
Senior management *2 132 84.1% 25 15.9% 157
Corporate officers *3 10 100% 0 0% 10
Board members *3 9 75.0% 3 25.0% 12
Total 386 78.5% 106 21.5% 492
KADOKAWA Group Middle management *1 542 74.5% 186 25.5% 728
Senior management *2 271 79.2% 71 20.8% 342
Corporate officers *3 21 100% 0 0% 21
Board members *3 *4 162 90.5% 17 9.5% 179
Total 996 78.4% 274 21.6% 1,270

*1 Middle management: section chiefs
*2 Senior management: department heads
*3 Total number of each status  
*4 Five female board members were promoted internally


Employment of Persons with Disabilities

The KADOKAWA Group is working to create an environment where employees can work while freely demonstrating their unique abilities, regardless of disability or degree of disability. We established KADOKAWA CRAFT INC. in 2019 to develop businesses focused on business support, including the roasting and selling of coffee, editing, and more, as a special subsidiary company to employ persons with disabilities. Currently, a total of 40 employees with disabilities work for special subsidiary companies of the Group (KADOKAWA, KADOKAWA UPLINK, KADOKAWA Connected, and KADOKAWA CRAFT), including the 15 employees at KADOKAWA CRAFT. (as of October 2021)

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