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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I)

Diversity & Inclusion
  • The letters of DE&I, which overlap and are in various shades, represent the associates. The logo expresses that by respecting individual differences and providing appropriate resources for each associate’s situation, the associates maximize their abilities, support Terumo, and achieve further growth. (The logo is internal use only)

Terumo provides medical products and solutions in more than 160 countries and regions. Currently, about 75% of the company's revenue is generated outside of its corporate headquarters in Japan and out of more than 30,000 Terumo Group associates spread across the world, nearly 80% work outside of Japan. Terumo believes it is most important for associates to respect and value differences as well as to empower everyone to bring their authentic self to work, in order to bring about innovation which will lead to the company's continued growth.

In March 2022, Terumo established a global “DE&I Philosophy” to further cultivate the culture of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) at the Terumo Group. Additionally, a "DE&I Guiding Principle" has also been defined to ingrain DE&I norms of behavior in policies, processes, and day-to-day work practices. To create the DE&I Philosophy and DE&I Guiding Principle, associates from various backgrounds in nationality, job, and generation formed a "Global DE&I Council". The DE&I Philosophy and the DE&I Guiding Principle are aligned with Terumo's Core Values and the Terumo Group Code of Conduct and clearly state the commitment to cultivate a globally diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture.

DE&I Philosophy

Terumo is committed to cultivating a globally diverse, equitable and inclusive culture

DE&I Guiding Principle

At Terumo, we respect and value differences, and empower everyone to bring their authentic self to work, which leads to innovation that addresses the diverse healthcare needs of global society.     
To promote Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I):

  • We commit to living our Core Values and our Code of Conduct.
  • We ingrain DE&I in our policies, processes and practices.
  • We do not tolerate words or actions that diminish DE&I such as discrimination, violence or hate.

Promotion of Active Participation by Female Associates

As a first step in channeling the mutual recognition of diversity toward corporate growth, Terumo’s top management has been committed to promoting active participation of female associates in Japan. To create the environment, culture, and awareness that enable greater participation by women, we provide all associates, regardless of gender, with opportunities to think about their values and the careers they would like to build going forward. We also promote the development of a working culture that is conducive to associates acknowledging each other and working comfortably, regardless of their backgrounds and abilities. As of March 31, 2023, 18.9% of Terumo’s associates and 9.6% of its managers were women.

Number and Percentage of Female Managers (Terumo Corporation)


Diversity management training

Promotion of Active Participation by Global Human Resources

The Terumo Group aims to be an organization where diverse human resources can play an active role, regardless of race or nationality. As a major initiative of the group, we are conducting the “Global Mobility Program,” which promotes the transfer of associates from Japan to overseas group companies and between overseas group companies across countries and organizations in order to promote global human resources.

In Japan, we are engaged in recruiting overseas human resources regardless of nationality and promoting the recruitment of global human resources by accepting overseas university students and international students in Japan as interns. We are also working to create an environment where every associate—regardless of nationality or language—can work more comfortably. For example, we have established internal infrastructure such as bilingual internal emails and office bulletin boards to assist English-speaking foreign associates.

Promotion of Active Participation by Senior Associates

In Japan, Terumo introduced TES, or the Terumo Expert System, in fiscal 1998 as a way to rehire retirees with outstanding skills and expertise. Many associates have been brought back through TES and continue to make the most of the expertise they developed over many years. These Terumo Experts work not only in highly specialized areas but also in a wide variety of other areas where they contribute to the Company by drawing on their wealth of experience to provide guidance and advice to younger associates. Furthermore, we have introduced a career advisor system to offer additional support for the contributions of senior associates. Through this system, advisors with management experience at the Group meet with all rehired associates on an individual basis to quickly identify any issues they might face and offer advice.

Employment of Individuals with Disabilities

In Japan, Terumo promotes the employment of individuals with disabilities. In fiscal 2018, we accelerated our efforts to support the development of workplace environments in which associates with disabilities can feel more comfortable to work and better exercise their talents. Specifically, we introduced a new system in which associates with certifiable disabilities can receive 12 days of annual special paid leave to provide them with peace of mind when taking days off for hospital visits, hospitalization, or simply resting when in poor health. We will continue our efforts to increase the employment of individuals with disabilities by undertaking initiatives that enable them to fully exercise their capabilities.

Initiatives for Sexual and Gender Minorities

In order to create a workplace environment wherein associates with different backgrounds respect each other and allow each individual to maximize their ability, Terumo is engaged in various initiatives from the perspective of sexual and gender minorities such as the LGBT community.

Main initiatives in Japan

  • Prohibition of harassment for sexual orientation and gender identity in labor regulation (January 2017)
  • Inclusion of a commitment to maintaining a workplace environment in which people would not be unfairly favored or disadvantaged on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in the revised Terumo Group Code of Conduct (April 2019)
  • Implementation of harassment education including harassment prevention related to sexual orientation and gender identity for all associates
  • Conducting lectures and seminars by external lecturers

Refer to our Terumo Report ESG section for other activities.

Diversity Data

Number and ratio of female managersTotal number of associates in managerial positions852865942
Number of female associates in managerial positions697390
Ratio of female associates in managerial positions (%)
Total number of general managers (or equivalent)170161219
Number of female general managers (or equivalent)121116
Ratio of female general managers (or equivalent) (%)
Total number of managers     
(or equivalent)
Number of female managers     
(or equivalent)
Ratio of female managers     
(or equivalent) (%)
Number and ratio of newly-appointed female associates in managerial positionTotal number of associates newly-appointed to managerial positions5468163
Number of female associates newly-appointed to managerial positions4826
Ratio of female associates newly-appointed to managerial positions (%)7.411.816.0
Number and ratio of female chiefsTotal number of chiefs1,2061,2241,178
Number of female chiefs184201217
Ratio of female chiefs (%)15.316.418.4
Number and ratio of retirees rehired under TES*Retirees130128175
Number of retirees rehired under TES110103136
Ratio of retirees rehired under TES (%)84.680.577.7
Ratio of associates with disabilities (%)2.272.302.26

Scope: Terumo Corporation

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    TES: Terumo Expert System (Rehiring system of Associates after Mandatory Retirement)