Project Title

Diversity Management for Women's Empowerment 

Project Year

2017   

Project Number

PPWE 02 2017 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

PPWE 02 2017 

Project Title

Diversity Management for Women's Empowerment 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

General Project Account 

Sub-fund

None 

Project Year

2017 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

138,582 

Co-funding Amount

Total Project Value

138,582 

Sponsoring Forum

Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy (PPWE) 

Topics

Gender 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Japan 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Australia; Canada; Chile; Malaysia; Mexico; Russia; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; Viet Nam 

Expected Start Date

01/06/2017 

Expected Completion Date

30/11/2017 

Project Proponent Name 1

Harumi Murakami 

Job Title 1

Assistant Director, APEC Office 

Organization 1

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) 

Postal Address 1

1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan 

Telephone 1

81-3 35011407 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

murakami-harumi@meti.go.jp 

Project Proponent Name 2

Miho Konishi 

Job Title 2

Assistant Director, Economic and Social Policy Office 

Organization 2

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) 

Postal Address 2

1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan 

Telephone 2

81-3 35012131 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

konishi-miho@meti.go.jp 

Declaration

Harumi Murakami and Miho Konishi 

Project Summary

In the APEC 2016 WEF Statement, all economies are encouraged to increase gender diversity on executive boards and in senior management of companies which positively affects corporate sustainability and growth. For further advancing women’s empowerment, it is required for industrial circles and firms to build solid strategies for diversity management.

In order to deepen the last year’s achievement in WEF, this project aims to enhance women’s empowerment through facilitating mutual-understanding and awareness for diversity management by following two activities.

1. To stock take actions relating to diversity management and women’s empowerment, and to share them as good practices among APEC economies (e.g. The U.S. 30% Club, Australian’s Male Champions of Change, and Japan’s Group of Male Leaders Who Will Create A "Society in which Women Shine” etc.).

2. To organize a CEOs’ forum in Tokyo for leaning good practices, discussing obstacles and identifying key challenges for facilitating diversity management and women’s empowerment.

Relevance

In the APEC 2016 WEF Statement, all economies are encouraged to increase gender diversity on executive boards and in senior management of companies which positively affects corporate sustainability and growth. For further advancing women’s empowerment, it is required for industrial circles and firms to build solid strategies for diversity management.

In order to deepen the last year’s achievement in WEF, this project aims to enhance women’s empowerment through facilitating mutual-understanding and awareness for diversity management.

This project contributes to both Human Development (Rank1), Connectivity (Rank1) and Inclusive Growth (Women and the Economy) (Rank 2)

Objectives

In order to deepen the last year’s achievement in WEF, this project aims to enhance women’s empowerment through facilitating mutual-understanding and awareness for diversity management by following two activities.

1) To stock take actions relating to diversity management and women’s empowerment, and to share them as good practices among APEC economies (e.g. The U.S. 30% Club, Australian’s Male Champions of Change, and Japan’s Group of Male Leaders Who Will Create A "Society in which Women Shine” etc.).

2) To organize a CEOs’ forum for leaning good practices, discussing obstacles and identifying key challenges for facilitating diversity management and women’s empowerment.

Alignment

This project will contribute to APEC Leader’s priorities. In Leaders declaration in 2016, the leaders committed that the economic empowerment of women, youth and persons with disabilities should be a priority under the APEC agenda for enhancing quality growth and human development as well as to strengthen the efforts to support the mainstreaming of gender equality and women’s empowerment across APEC’s work. It also contributes to the 2017 main theme “Fostering Sustainable, Innovative and Inclusive Growth”.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: Following products or services will be created as the milestone deliverables of the project;

1) Interim Report:  The findings and analysis obtained at the end field studies (by the end of September 2017), an interim report will be summarized and shared as a basis of discussion for the scheduled forum on October 2017 for obtaining better direction and information  towards finalizing the report.

2) Forum: A CEOs’ (CEOs from private sectors, etc.) forum will be organized in midterm of the Project (scheduled in mid-October 2017). The business leaders from each participating economy would do following activities.

a) Discussion sharing best practices of each company, further actions, etc.

b) Opinions from investors such as international institutional investors

3)  Final Report: A final report will be published during the leaders’ week in November 2017.

4)  Completion Report: by the end of January

Outcomes: This project aims to urge industry circles to take diversity management in management strategy and to infiltrate diversity management in private sectors for women’s empowerment for make companies and economies themselves competitive. To understand how the diversity management effect for women’s empowerment, we’ll share the best practices of companies in each economy and endeavor the definition of diversity.

The outcomes of the project will help us better understand the achievements from the best practices in diversity management for women’s empowerment. 

Beneficiaries: We are having CEOs’ forum, where not only leaders from private sectors but public sectors, who are engage in women’s empowerment will participate, share information and discuss to pursue women’s empowerment through diversity management.

The users of output are people from private sectors, people, who are in charge of sectors and people from public sectors as well. 

The aim of the scheduled forum is ①to introduce and exchange initiatives and views of diversity management of private sectors and investors in APEC region and ②promote initiatives of private sectors and investors in the APEC region and Japan to abroad as well. Especially, we will focus on the dialogue between private companies and investors, which are committed to diversity management and the meaning of diversity management from the perspective of capital market. With this forum, we would strengthen the networks among companies actively making efforts for realizing diversity management and boost efforts of promoting diversity management as well.

Programme(with simultaneous interpreting system)

1)Opening Remarks(Parliamentary official)(5minitu)
Japanese APEC activities、Diversity management in Japan

2)Guest Speech(Mayor of Yokohama; Fumiko Hayashi)(10 minutes)
(n APEC)「Women and the Economy」

3)Initiatives of Women and the Economy in ABAC(10 minutes)

4)Keynote Speech ①(Global Investors(P))(20 minutes)

Initiatives regarding diversity(Steward ship activities including 30%club)

5)Keynote Speech ②(US  companies)(20 minutes)

Initiatives regarding diversity as a global company

6)Panel discussions ①②(80 minutes×2)

Moderator:head of OECD Tokyo cetre; Yumiko Murakami
Panelists:executives or CHO etc. estimated 9 panelists from 6 economies

(theme)
①Shearing of overseas latest date knowledge
 ・efforts from private sectors for spreading diversity management to

industrial circles.
    ・initiatives from the global company’s perspective
    ・points, which global investors rate higher. (from company side; 

points, to which company pays attention when communicate with investors.)

②Discussion about future efforts.

・barriers against promoting diversity management.(role of human  resources department, developing women leaders.)

・future efforts to overcome above mentioned barriers.

Candidates for panelists

1)As a whole

・9 panelists totally

Japan:3、US:2 Asia:2(Vietnam・Philippines or Malaysia)、Other areas:2(Australia・Mexico)

We will select the speakers from various economies depends on the geography and degrees of economic and social progress.

2)Japan(tentative)

. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries(Omiya CEO)※ABAC member, who is in charge of Women and the Economy

・ Shiseido (Uotani CEO)

・ Daiichi seimei(Inagaki CEO)

others:IBM Japan、Rakuten(Sugihara CHO)、JT etc.)

3)US(tentative)

・ Some companies which will participate in the Women Summit

・ P&G Director of diversity division from the US headquarters(offered from P&G Japan)

・ Black Rock、State Street(institutional investors)(tentative)

As for participants, we will address APEC related embassies in Tokyo to encourage them to attend the forum and announce it at PPWE, related fora and APEC website to make them understand the value of attending the forum as well. Since this project consists of two parts; research and the forum, we will share good practices throughout all economies through the forum and by disseminating the report as well.

We will also address ABAC such as ABAC 3 held in Canada to make business people to participate in this forum.

Dissemination

The proposed project will communicate the results and outputs to relevant stakeholders via circulation of approximately 200 copies of project report handbooks. They will be distributed within PPWE WG members as well as other related fora such as the Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) and other working groups. An electronic publication of the project report will also be made available on the APEC publication database as well as the APEC Wiki in a downloadable digital format. Availability of materials will be announced to relevant government agencies and skills and qualification accrediting authorities, including those who have contributed in the study phase of this project. Those accrediting authorities will be able to utilize the key essence that summarized in the reports to enhance their own responsible recognition systems in any customized way. Each APEC economy is encouraged to translate the outputs and could be of any hint to help identify diversity management.

Gender

The project overseer as a woman and also a member of PPWE will pay a full attention to ensure the gender balance throughout the entire phases of the project.

Participation of women to the forum will be highly encouraged and the forum organizer will seek to have more than a quarter percent up to 50% of the female participant.

Work Plan

The project will be commenced by appointing qualified research contractors who will be chosen through the restricted tendering procedure. RFP will be developed by the beginning of July.

We are staring to contact respective economies requesting to recommend and contact business leaders to participate the Leaders’ Forum as speakers and panelists in June. We already started to communicate with US embassy about the speakers.

 In terms of the consultant, the initial part of the activities comprise literature research, preparatory studies to select some potential best practices, followed by full-scale field studies, data analysis, and writing of an interim report. The interim report will be done by the end of September and used as a basis for the discussion in the scheduled CEO’ forum in October 2017. The advertisement for the forum will start in August. We will also disseminate the information in PPWE held in September to encourage related people to attend the forum. The output identified by then will be further consolidated with the suggestions or additional inputs contributed by the participants to the forum and finally compiled in a final report by the beginning of November and the report will be circulated to the member of PPWE, HRDWG, CTI and other foras whomever show their interests on that topic. It is also expected to seek an opportunity to introduce the summary of the study in the upcoming Ministerial Meeting (AMM) and Economic Leaders' Meeting (AELM) which will be scheduled in Nov 2017. Finally, the Completion of the project will be released by the end of January.

Risks

There is a risk that beneficial speakers don’t gather. The CEOs’ forum can be comprised by participating each economy’s business leaders, so cooperation of gathering business leaders to the forum is essential. We would ask each economy’s cooperation and gain support in advance to realize each economy’s such as CEOs, who are actively making efforts for realizing diversity management and the Chambers of Commerce and Industry and embassies as well.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Total participants of the forum are expected to have more than 300 persons including speakers, experts and more than 5 economies including the project proposing economy.

The participants will be asked to provide feedbacks in questionnaire to score the effectiveness of program. The feedback will be analyzed with the given quantifiable scoring. Obtaining 4 points out of 5 is targeted as a satisfactory level.

 Prior to the completion of the project, online feedback survey will be conducted. The feedback score will be collected in 5 grades and obtaining 4 points out of 5 will be targeted to presume as satisfactory. The post project completion, medium and long term impact will be examined by observing the number of citations of the studies among APEC economies. The number of the report download from the APEC website is expected to be more than 1000 in the first year.

Linkages

This project will have close communication with the related agencies or organizations including ABAC. The project will also seek possible linkages and build on with the other related PPWE projects which were implemented in the relevant area, such as “Good Practices on Gender Diversity in Corporate Leadership for Growth (PPWE 02 2016S )”

In order to make sure that there will be no duplication with those preceding projects, this initiative is more focused on private sectors voluntarily actions for enhance women’s empowerment through diversity management.

This project could provide greater insights into the priority issues of APEC such as “gender diversity”, “women’s empowerment “ensuring the significance of women’s active participation of economic world.

Sustainability

The primary objective of this project is to better understand the merit of diversity management and how it leads to women’s empowerment. We will enlighten the participants through CEOs’ forum and by disseminating the information through media.  METI has published the guideline “Diversity Management 2.0” to promote diversity management especially in private sectors and which indicates know-how to implement diversity management. We would update this guidebook in METI incorporating the result of this initiative and disseminate this guidebook to APEC economies. Additionally, we will encourage leaders and participants to implement the diversity management after attending forum. We will also share all information in future WEF to exchange and confirm the implementation of diversity management in industry circle of each economy.

Project Overseers

Ms. Harumi Murakami, Assistant Director, APEC Office, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and Ms. Miho Konishi, Assistant Director, Economic and Social Policy Office Organization:  Ministry of Economy will serve as Project Overseers to monitor progress and ensure success of the project.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Not Applicable.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

Are there any supporting document attached?

No 
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