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People -Diversity-

Basic Policy

The Otsuka group actively promotes diversity based on the belief that the activities of a wide range of employees further advances innovation and globalization. Accordingly, as a company constantly in pursuit of innovation, we are endeavoring to establish a workplace environment brimming with diversity.


Since the 1980s when the concept of diversity had still yet to take off in Japan, the Otsuka group’s top management has continued to actively promote diversity, with for example the hosting of the Women’s Forum in 1990, based on the thinking that the efforts of a diverse workforce made up of different nationalities, races, ages, gender, disabilities, or sexual orientation is needed if the group is to create innovative products and ideas that drive company growth.
The Otsuka group has proclaimed its promotion of diversity in the Otsuka Group Global Code of Business Ethics and in 2017 became a signatory to the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs*3), a set of corporate principles jointly developed by the UNGC*1 and UN Women*2 to offer guidance on how to empower women in the workplace.
In order to lengthen the careers of our diverse workforce, we have enhanced the childcare and nursing care systems at each of the Otsuka group companies and have opened three daycare centers located within our business premises to help employees balance child-rearing and work.
Other initiatives include, the formation of Cancer Patient Employment Support Team at Taiho Pharmaceutical, a company that develops and sells anti-cancer agents. This team, comprised of the Human Resources Department and occupational nursing staff, aims to create a workplace where an employee suffering from cancer or other disease can continue to work while still receiving treatment. After establishing this support framework, the company has been recognized in the “Excellence Award” category as having outstanding initiatives that help cancer patients balance treatment and work.
Furthermore, Heartful Kawauchi was established in 2011 in Tokushima as a special subsidiary of Otsuka Pharmaceutical. This subsidiary provides a place where disabled people can fully demonstrate their capabilities.

*1 United Nations Global Compact
*2 United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
*3 Women’s Empowerment Principles

External Recognition

  Content Company
Platinum Kurumin & Kurumin Platinum Kurumin & Kurumin
(Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Tokyo Stock Exchange)

A system whereby the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare certifies companies that meet certain standards by formulating and notifying action plans based on the Act on Advancement of Measures to Support Raising Next-Generation Children.
Platinum Kurumin is a certification for Kurumin certified companies that have carried out higher-level initiatives.
Platinum Kurumin: Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory, Taiho Pharmaceutical

Kurumin: Otsuka Pharmaceutical, and others
Eruboshi Eruboshi
(Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)

A system that certifies companies that meet certain standards and recognizes efforts to empower women in the workplace under the Act to Promote the Active Participation of Women in the Workplace.
Otsuka Chemical: Grade 3 (top rank)
Semi-Nadeshiko Semi-Nadeshiko
(Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Tokyo Stock Exchange)

A system for selecting companies that conform to the Nadeshiko Brand of encouraging women’s success in the workplace
Selected in 2019: Otsuka Holdings
*Limited to Otsuka Holdings and Otsuka Pharmaceutical
Diversity Management Selection 100 Diversity Management Selection 100
(Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry)

A system that recognizes companies that have improved corporate value through diversity management
2014 Award: Otsuka Pharmaceutical