A Diverse Talent Pool Enhances Creativity within Astellas, Attracting Talented People and Improving Competitiveness

Promoting Diversity in Line with the Regions

Astellas is working to promote diversity so that diverse individuals can play a role, irrespective of race, nationality, gender, or age. Respecting the diverse values of our employees and reflecting their various perspectives in our business activities not only heightens creativity in our organization, but also helps to attract and retain talented people as employees and enhances our competitiveness. Based on this recognition, Astellas implements measures led by its HR functions in each region to promote diversity in line with the current situation in the relevant region.

For Astellas, promoting the career advancement of women in Japan is a high priority, particularly because the country has a low ratio of women in management positions compared to other regions. We use a two-pronged approach: (1) change management alters workplace attitudes and behaviors towards women and (2) framework reforms improve business processes and personnel programs.

We aim to make Astellas a vibrant and rewarding workplace for women and provide equal job opportunities regardless of gender. We are working to overcome diversity barriers knowing that this will help enhance Astellas’ overall competitiveness.

Employee Ratio per Region and Ratio of Female Managers (The year ended March 2021) *1

  Established Markets*2 Greater China*3 International Markets*4 Japan United States Average
Male 45.4% 38.9% 45.5% 70.8% 44.3% 53.9%
Female 54.6% 61.1% 54.5% 29.2% 55.7% 46.1%

Ratio of

51.1% 58.6% 48.1% 11.6% 53.3% 41.2%


*1 Expatriate employees seconded within the Astellas corporate group are included in the headcount of their current location. Expatriate employees seconded out of the Astellas corporate group are excluded from the headcount.
*2 Established Markets: Europe, Canada, Australia
*3 Greater China: China, Hong Kong, Taiwan
*4 International Markets: Russia, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Korea

Promoting Diversity and Inclusion

Furthermore, we are committed to develop individuals, irrespective of nationality, to further accelerate globalization. In Japan, we have employed non-Japanese new graduates since 2014.

The Astellas workplace environment is also well equipped to accommodate employees with disabilities. Aside from establishing the Green Supply Support Office*5, Astellas employs the usage of speech-to-text applications to support employees with hearing impairments. We have also taken part in Accessibility Consortium of Enterprises (ACE)*6

In October 2019, Astellas was awarded “Platinum Kurumin Certification” by the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare based on the Act on Advancement of Measures to Support Raising Next-Generation Children. The certification recognizes companies that support employees for raising children.

*5 Green Supply Support Office: Function established in one of Japanese affiliated companies to support employees with disabilities by offering employment opportunities. Duties including planting, recycling, and cleaning are tailored to promote environmental sustainability.
*6 Accessibility Consortium of Enterprises (ACE): Japanese general incorporated association for model innovation of employment services for persons with disabilities