why we promote diversity
Being a global company, MHI has for years had a clear objective to be an organization that embraces diversity and ensures any barriers hindering diversity are removed. Diversity is considered essential for human resources and a necessity in order to respond to globalization and to adapt to various business environments. This entails an openness to hiring people from other cultures as well as increasing the number of female employees.
With more than 40 different nationalities working at MTEE, we consider ourselves a very diverse organization. We see different nationalities as one of the strengths of our organization. Working closely with customers and suppliers from all over the world, the ability to communicate in the same language and to understand the business environment is a great advantage. Furthermore, a mix of different backgrounds brings new ideas into the company and creates a natural atmosphere of openness among our employees.
At MTEE, we do a lot to break down barriers against diversity. Different religions are considered and respected. For instance, we have provided silent rooms for praying, and holidays from other religions are taken into account when planning shifts in production processes.
The map below shows most of the nationalities that we currently represent:
In July 2014, MHI set a target to increase the number of female managers threefold by 2020. In order to achieve this goal, four areas are addressed:
1) Increasing the number of female employees in general
2) Offering career support for employees raising children
3) Systematically developing female employees in managerial positions
4) Fostering a corporate culture that supports diversity management.
Currently, 15% of employees at MTEE are female. Although the automotive industry is in general male dominated, we are experiencing a slow but steady growth in the number of female engineers as well as in supporting departments. As can be seen in the chart below, the highest ratios of female employees are in the sales, projects, purchase, and quality departments.
Currently, 19% of the employees at MTEE work part-time. The opportunity for both women and men to work more flexible hours improves work-life balance when having children, for instance, and for other reasons. In general, we find that flexible working styles help increase the diversity at our company and leads to happier employees.