Promoting the Success of Diverse Employees

Relevant SDGs

5 Gender Equality 8 Decent work and economic growth

Reason for Priority

As we develop our business globally, we have employees with a variety of social backgrounds and values around the world. We are required to recognize the diversity of each and every employee and provide an attractive workplace where they can all thrive professionally in order to grow sustainably and to secure outstanding human resources.


Creating a corporate culture that can continue to drive the creation of new value while reinforcing, manufacturing capabilities is necessary for Nikon to achieve our Medium-Term Management Plan and make it into the foundation for sustainable growth. Toward this end, it is important to create an attractive environment that embraces diversity while enabling employees to reach their full potential. We believe that this represents one of Nikon Group's most important social responsibilities. Specifically, we engage in fair evaluations and treatment that emphasize performance regardless of age or gender, and we provide support for employees to consider their careers independently and develop their skills. Also, we strive to manage employee health and safety rigorously for a greater sense of security. Moreover, we believe that utilizing women in the workplace in Japan is an important issue to address. We will continue to establish a workplace environment where women working at the Nikon Group can play an active role.

Takumi Odajima
Senior Vice President and Director
General Manager of Human Resources & Administration Division

Main initiatives and results in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019

Ratio of female managers at Nikon


The Nikon Group conducts fair hiring and treatment of employees regardless of gender. Nevertheless, the Nikon Group in Japan is working to promote the realization of a more active role for women in the workplace, because the ratio of female employees in the country remains at a low level. Nikon's ratio of female managers stood at 5.1% as of March 31, 2019, which represented the achievement of our target in this area ahead of schedule.
The ratio of female employees (for all employees) stood at 13.2% for Nikon and 13.5% for the Group companies in Japan as of March 31, 2019.

Rate of use of annual paid leave at Nikon


The Nikon Group promotes work-life balance with the goal of offering a workplace where employees can work with peace of mind and produce results as a team.
In the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019, as part of our efforts to reduce working hours, Nikon achieved our twin goals of eliminating the number of employees doing overtime work* of 60 hours or more per month to zero, and increasing the percentage of employees taking their annual paid leave to 70% or higher.

  • * Overtime is defined as the number of hours obtained by deducting the statutory working hours per month (i.e. 40 hours × the number of days in the month ÷ 7) from the total number of hours worked per month (including work performed on weekends and public holidays etc., but excluding annual paid leave, absence without leave, and compensatory days off).

Frequency rate of lost time accidents at the Nikon Group


The Nikon Group manages health and safety knowing that employee health and safety is a vital foundation of business activities. The frequency rate of lost time accidents* in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019 was 0.78 for Nikon and 0.65 for Group companies in Japan. Viewed by overseas region, the rate was 1.33 for Nikon's Group companies in Europe, 0.58 for Group companies in the Americas, and 0.21 for Group companies in Asia and Oceania.

  • * The number of deaths and injuries resulting from occupational accidents per million hours worked, which is used as an index for the frequency of occupational accidents.

Nikon Sustainability Report

For more details, please see the Nikon Sustainability Report.