Work-Life Balance

Message from Management

Daiwa Securities Group is creating a working environment which flexibly responds to change and in which all employees can continue to work energetically. Our aim is to create a workplace in which no one is left behind by achieving a high degree of work-life balance that enables diverse personnel to thrive.

One of the Group's Corporate Principles is "placing importance on personnel" and the corresponding text is "The source of the Group's competitiveness lies in the capabilities of its employees. The Group will promote the creativity of employees by offering them a challenging and self-directed working environment that encourages their abilities and appropriately rewards their contributions." We believe that maximizing the motivation of each and every employee will lead to higher customer satisfaction and ultimately higher shareholder value. We are implementing various measures with the aim of becoming a Group in which employees feel that their work is rewarding, and feel even more proud to be a member of the Group, extending to their families and related parties.

Approaches and Policy

Daiwa Securities Group's management strategy states "Daiwa Securities Group is working to create a working environment which flexibly responds to change and in which all employees can continue to work energetically" and "We are creating a workplace in which no one is left behind by achieving a high degree of work-life balance that enables diverse personnel to thrive." We are making efforts to promote work-life balance, aiming to achieve work styles in which work and life are in harmony, and to enhance the work environment, in which both men and women can work using a variety of work styles.
The Work-Life Balance Committee, which is chaired by the President and CEO, meets every quarter. Under strong leadership, executives and employees working in various positions and departments, from executive officers and departmental managers to young employees, participate in a wide range of discussions on various measures such as work-life balance and promotion of women’s advancement. The Group has also set up a Work-Life Balance Promotion Office in the Human Resources Division to plan, make proposals, and promote work-life balance and support for women's advancement. The Work-Life Balance Committee and the Work-Life Balance Promotion Office are working together to implement various measures, and hold regular cross-Group women's advancement promotion meetings in order to advance efforts across the Group.

Various measures

Work-Life Balance Committee

System Usage Calendar

Distribution of Career Design Books

Guidelines for balancing work and child care

Education for managers

Self-reporting system

Internal online social network: ANSWERS

Expanded support for balancing work and nursing care

Expanding the telecommuting system

Enforcement of leaving the office before 7 p.m.

Promotion of taking annual leave

Family Workplace Visits

Daiwa WLB* Station

Legal Compliance

"Daiwakko" Daiwa Child Care Club

Questionnaire about work-life balance

Use of Group newsletter/Group satellite broadcasting

Child care/nursing care-related

With the goal of supporting the spouse's child care and smooth return to work, and supporting the further advancement of women, the Group is continuing to advance efforts to achieve a 100% rate for men taking child care leave and an average of more than 14 days of leave taken by 2025.

Trend in the number of employees taking child care leave
  FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020 FY2021
Female 695 696 680 646 582
Male 437 420 378 330 362
Total 1,132 1,116 1,058 976 944
Trend in the number of employees taking nursing care leave
  FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020 FY2021
Female 2 5 10 5 6
Male 3 3 3 3 2
Other data
  FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020 FY2021
Childcare leave usage rate Female 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Male 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Return rate from child care leave Female 89.5% 91.4% 91.9% 92.1% 92.4%
Male 100.0% 100.0% 99.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Employment rate when a female employee's child is 1 year old 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Short working hours system users 373 446 505 474 520
Daycare subsidy users 702 759 909 833 783
Birth gifts for third child 54 45 28 30 28

Initiative results/evaluation

External evaluations of initiatives

Results from the Group's efforts to support women's advancement and promote work-life balance have been steadily realized, and the Group has been highly praised by many external evaluation organizations in recent years.

2006
  • Award for Companies That Promote Equality and Work-Life Balance Equality Promotion Company Division "Director General of Tokyo Labour Bureau Excellence Award" (sponsor: Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)
2009
  • Award for Companies That Promote Equality and Work-Life Balance Equality Promotion Company Division "Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare Excellence Award" (sponsor: Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)
  • The 3rd Work-Life Balance Grand Prize "Excellence Award" in the Organizational Activity Division (Sponsor: Japan Productivity Center)
  • The 4th "Nikkei Child Care Support Grand Prize" (sponsor: Nihon Keizai Shimbun)
2010
  • The 3rd Diversity Management Award "Work-Life Balance Award" (sponsor: Toyo Keizai Inc.)
2011
  • 3rd overall in "BEST 100 Companies in Which Women Play an Active Role" 1st in Utilization of Women category (sponsor: Nikkei WOMAN)
2012
  • Award for Companies That Promote Equality and Work-Life Balance Family Friendly Division "Director General of Tokyo Labour Bureau Excellence Award" (sponsor: Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)
2013
  • Career Supporting Company Award 2013 "Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare Award" (sponsor: Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)
2014
  • Selected for "Diversity Management Companies 100 Selection" (sponsor: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry)
2015
  • Selected for FY2014 "Nadeshiko Brand" (sponsor: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Tokyo Stock Exchange)
  • Selected for "Health & Productivity Stock Selection" in FY2014 (sponsor: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Tokyo Stock Exchange)
2016
  • Selected for FY2015 "Nadeshiko Brand" (sponsor: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Tokyo Stock Exchange)
  • Selected for "Health & Productivity Stock Selection" in FY2015 (sponsor: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Tokyo Stock Exchange)
  • "BEST 100 Companies in Which Women Play an Active Role"
    1st place for Promotion of Women's Advancement 5th place for Diversity Penetration (sponsor: Nikkei WOMAN)
  • Ikumen Company Award 2016 "Special Encouragement Award" (sponsor: Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)
  • 7th place for "Companies That Facilitate Easy Parenting 2016" (sponsor: Nikkei DUAL)
  • Award for Companies That Promote Equality and Work-Life Balance Family Friendly Division "Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare Excellence Award" (sponsor: Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)
  • Award for Advanced Companies Where Women Can Shine "Minister of State for Special Missions (Gender Equality) Award" (sponsor: Cabinet Office)
2017
  • Selected for FY2016 "Nadeshiko Brand" (sponsor: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Tokyo Stock Exchange)
  • Selected for "Health & Productivity Stock Selection" in FY2016 (sponsor: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Tokyo Stock Exchange)
2018
  • Selected for FY2017 "Nadeshiko Brand" (sponsor: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Tokyo Stock Exchange)
  • Selected for "Health & Productivity Stock Selection" in FY2017 (sponsor: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Tokyo Stock Exchange)
2019
  • Selected for FY2018 "Nadeshiko Brand" (sponsor: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Tokyo Stock Exchange)
  • Selected for "Health & Productivity Stock Selection" in FY2018 (sponsor: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Tokyo Stock Exchange)
  • 2nd place for "Companies That Facilitate Easy Parenting 2019" (sponsor: Nikkei DUAL)
2020
  • Selected for FY2019 "Nadeshiko Brand" (sponsor: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Tokyo Stock Exchange)
  • Selected for "Health & Productivity Stock Selection" in FY2019 (sponsor: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Tokyo Stock Exchange)
  • 3rd place for "Companies That Facilitate Easy Parenting 2020" (sponsor: Nikkei DUAL)
2021
  • Selected for FY2020 "Nadeshiko Brand" (sponsor: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Tokyo Stock Exchange)
  • Selected for "Health & Productivity Stock Selection" in FY2020 (sponsor: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Tokyo Stock Exchange)
  • 5th place for "Companies That Facilitate Easy Parenting 2021" (sponsor: Nikkei xwoman)
2022
  • Selected for FY2021 "Nadeshiko Brand" (sponsor: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and Tokyo Stock Exchange)
  • Selected for "Health & Productivity Stock Selection" in FY2021 (sponsor: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Tokyo Stock Exchange)

Selected for "Nadeshiko Brand" jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Tokyo Stock Exchange!

Received the symbol mark (known as "Tomonin") from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare for promoting the development of a "work environment that ensures a balance of work and nursing care"!