Policies and Diversity Mindset

Renesas respects all types of diversity and values, and actively works to improve our work environment and foster a corporate culture that accepts and is inclusive of one another. One of the strengths of Renesas as a global company is the active use of a workforce with diverse human resources and values, be it nationality, race, philosophy, culture, language, gender, and age, operating in over 20 countries around the world. We believe our commitment to diversity and inclusion, and our initiatives are the source of innovative products and services that support our sustainable business growth. We will maximize individual abilities by creating an environment in which our diverse workforce with different personalities and values can fully demonstrate their strengths, enhancing our development system so employees can thrive.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion - Message from CEO 

On March 8 on International Women’s Day, June 1 to celebrate Pride Month, and October 1 to celebrate Diversity Awareness Month, Renesas’ CEO, Hidetoshi Shibata, sent messages to employees about understanding each other as individuals and the rights of one another, regardless of gender, ethnic background, sexual orientation and identity, age, etc. Renesas will continue its efforts to promote diversity and inclusion.

Celebrating Diversity Awareness Month (October 2021)

Starting today on October 1, 2021, we will be hosting a series of events and activities at our offices around the world to celebrate Diversity Awareness Month throughout the month of October. The goal of Diversity Awareness Month is to pause from our busy daily schedules and take time to reflect on what it means to be a diverse organization. This includes learning about each other and different viewpoints, and actively engaging in conversation with our colleagues about the value of diversity.

The Diversity Promotion Group (DPG ) was kicked off earlier this year to spearhead Renesas’ diversity efforts. A full line of interactive and informative programs are planned by the leaders and members of the DPG in cooperation with HR. Among the planned programs is a speech by Selena LaCroix, our outside director. Other programs include regional roundtable sessions, diversity training, and employee interviews/blog articles by authors with diverse backgrounds from around the globe.

The diverse and inclusive organization that I envision is an environment where employees feel safe and are fully engaged in their work without any adversities based on their gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, religion, or disability.

I will make it my priority to foster an environment where each person can stand on the same platform, is treated fairly (Equity), and can demonstrate their full potential. Until now, we have used the term Diversity & Inclusion (D&I). Going forward, I will actively engage in diversity activities with the DPG with “Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I)” in mind.

I hope that Diversity Awareness Month will give you an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of DE&I in the workplace, promote our understanding about each other and discuss about what makes each of us unique. Let's make Renesas an even more diverse and safe workplace by taking an active part in these exciting events and activities!


On Pride Month (June 2021)

June is Pride Month around the world. Pride Month is a month to raise awareness of the rights and the culture of the LGBTQ+ community. I want to take this opportunity as the CEO of Renesas to send a message to you, especially members of the LGBTQ+ community and its allies.

At Renesas, we are strengthening our initiatives to promote Diversity & Inclusion. Protecting the rights of LGBTQ+ is part of this commitment. I believe that by affirming diversity including sexual orientation and sexual identity, we can create a work environment where everyone can be themselves. This allows for the peace of mind for all employees. Also, by stating that you are an ally of the LGBTQ+ community, you can help create an environment that doesn’t reject members of the LGBTQ+ community and accept diversity.

To expresses our respect towards the LGBTQ+ community, we have already implemented some initiatives. For example, at the end of April 2021, we have revised the Human Rights policy in the company Code of Conduct. It now states that employees should not be discriminated against based on “sexual orientation” and “sexual identity”. In addition, we have pledged to the Business for Marriage Equality (BME), a campaign to boost marriage equality in Japan through the support of businesses, as of June 1, 2021. 

Let’s create a work environment that is comfortable to work in that we can be proud of.

Business for Marriage Equality

On International Women’s Day (March 8, 2021)

March 8 is International Women’s Day. At Renesas, we have about 5,000 talented and passionate women of various backgrounds working around the world. On this important day, I want to celebrate the achievements of all our female colleagues who collectively make us better every day.

In 2020, Renesas joined the Global Semiconductor Alliance (“GSA”), whose goal is to build a global eco-system for the semiconductor industry. As part of our commitment, I signed the GSA’s Women's Leadership Initiative pledge to signify our full commitment to recruiting, retaining and helping advance the careers of women in the semiconductor industry. To achieve this, we strive to create an environment for all women at Renesas Group to work, lead and excel in their careers.

It is also imperative to respect and understand each other as individuals and the rights of one another, regardless of gender, ethnic background, sexual orientation, religious background or disability. These are core values highlighted in our Code of Conduct. In today’s rapidly changing environment, a diverse workplace is crucial to drive innovation and add value to our business. To accomplish this and create a more inclusive culture, we need to openly discuss and promote diversity in the workplace.

Happy International Women's Day 2021!


Employee Resource Groups 

Introducing the Diversity Promotion Group

At Renesas, we respect the individuality of all of our employees around the world and their desire to grow professionally, and we are working to foster a corporate culture that enables individuals to demonstrate their maximum capabilities.  In order to achieve this, we believe it is important to establish “Diversity and Inclusion” as the basic foundation of our organization, where employees with different genders, nationalities, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability and ages can acknowledge and accept one another without discrimination and prejudice.  

In order to globally promote Diversity and Inclusion, we have established the Diversity Promotion Group (DPG) as of June 2021. 

Figure: DPG Organization


The DPG is led by a diverse team of six leaders from around the world, who put their names forward for the position and were selected by vote within Renesas. The DPG also has approximately 120 voluntary members including employees from our major overseas offices including India, Europe, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, China, Japan, the U.S., Vietnam and Malaysia. The DPG leads the decision making process on global policies and initiatives related to Diversity and Inclusion, and the leaders play the main role in working with DPG members to promote initiatives in their regions. The topics discussed in the monthly meetings are uploaded onto the company intranet to be viewed by all employees.  

By making a direct commitment to the DPG initiatives, employees are able to realize that everyone bears responsibility in diversity. Additionally, through exchanging dialogues, each employee can discover, respect and accept the multitude of talent and different perspectives and opinions. We value such interactions and will build on our personal experience in learning from each other to continue accelerating our initiatives. 

図:Renesas Diversity Promotion Group Leaders
DPG leadership team and CEO Shibata

Sharing our News and Updates on Diversity and Inclusion

In order to foster a corporate culture that enables diverse talents to demonstrate their maximum capabilities, Renesas established a website for its employees on Diversity and Inclusion. We are sharing updates on Diversity and Inclusion activities on our company intranet to raise the awareness of our employees. In addition, we regularly distribute messages on how the top management perceives the importance of diversity. 

図:Renesas Diversity & Inclusion イントラネット
Internal website: “Renesas Diversity & Inclusion”

Actively Hiring International Graduates

We actively hire new graduates in Japan from abroad. Every year, approximately 20-30% of the new graduate employees who join us are not Japanese and are active in a variety of postings. For the fiscal year 2020, we hired new graduates from nine countries (India, Korea, Sudan, Thailand, Tajikistan, China, Germany, Vietnam, and Malaysia), and employees’ nationalities are becoming more diverse each year. After joining the company, regardless of their nationality, new graduate employees are assigned to their postings, including the design departments, with a designated trainer who accompanies them on their development.

Ratio of foreign nationality graduates

year 2018 2019 2020
% 16.1% 22.5% 28.0%

Initiatives in Europe

Renesas Electronics Europe Ltd., one of our regional subsidiaries, has partnered with UKESF (Note) to provide paid work placements for university students studying electronics at UK universities, not only contributing directly to our increased diversity, but also cultivating a next generation of superior engineers for the electronics industry.

Note: UKESF (UK Electronics Skills Foundation is an organization that provides scholarships to talented university students studying electronic engineering at universities in the United Kingdom and provides employment opportunities at companies).

Promotion of Female Employees' Participation and Advancement in Renesas

Within our diversity activities, we are particularly intensifying activities around the promotion of female employees' participation and advancement in Renesas. In addition to increasing the ratio of women in all organizations, we are focusing on promoting the diversity of our workforce by increasing the number of women in managerial positions, and by enabling women to contribute to better products and solutions that realize social contributions.

Increasing the Ratio of Female Recruits

Despite the number of female students in the fields of mechanical and electrical engineering for hiring are very low, we are continuously hiring female engineers through our website and recruitment seminars. We aim over 20% of new graduates recruited in Japan every year to be female. Therefore, we will continue to focus on increasing the number of female graduates by establishing a corporate culture and structure that will enable employees to play an active role in the company regardless of gender.

Supporting Women's Career Development

Renesas provides opportunities for all employees, regardless of gender, to work globally and take on roles in accordance with their abilities.

As of January 2020, women accounted for approximately 26% of our workforce, and just 6.5% of our managerial positions. We conduct business globally, and the percentage of women in managerial positions overseas is higher than in Japan.

There were 64 female managers in the Renesas Group in Japan (2.8% of all managers). Of these, there are 3 female executives (at the head of division level), and we will continue to increase the numbers of female leaders in Japan going forward.

Ratio of Female Managers

  2018 2019 2020
Japan Number of managers 53 56 64
% 2.1 2.2 2.8
Outside Japan Number of managers - - 153
% - - 14.4
Global Total Number of managers - - 217
% - - 6.5

Various Programs to Promote Female Employees' Participation and Advancement in Renesas

We have established various programs to promote female employees' participation and advancement in Renesas. For instance, 97% of female employees in 2019 returned to work after maternity and childcare leave. While we acknowledge there is more to be done, we believe that we really do help a lot of female employees to handle the balance between work and childcare better. We will continue to provide career support so that female employees get the chance to fully demonstrate their potential, in order to promote participation and advancement of female employees in Renesas.

Various Programs to promote female employees' participation and advancement in Renesas

Work Style Reforms
  • Work from home (telecommuting system)
  • Flextime system (without core working time)
  • Establishment of No Overtime Days
  • Planned annual paid leave (two or more consecutive annual paid leaves)
  • Half-day annual paid leave (in units of half-day annual paid leaves)
Various Programs Renesas Group Compatibility Support System

  • Pregnancy Hospital Check Up Leave
  • Pregnancy Disorder Leave
  • Maternity Leave (eight weeks before and eight weeks after childbirth)
  • Paternity Leave (up to 5 days per childbirth)
  • Childcare Leave (up to the age of two and a half years old)
  • Shortened Working Hours for Childcare (up to the end of March when completing the sixth grade of elementary school)
  • Childcare leave for Illness or Injury (up to 5 days per child before elementary school)
[Family Care]
  • Family Care Leave (up to one year in total)
  • Shortened Working Hours for Family Care (until said reason for family care is resolved)
  • Family Care Vacation Day (up to five days per year per employee who is taking care of a family member)
  • Continuing active public relations activities
  • Mid-Career hiring
Employee training and development
  • Stratified training, Training for trainers of the new employees, Assessors training, etc.
  • Self-development program
  • Job posting system and free agent system (introduction scheduled)
  • Development of next-generation leaders (systematic rotation, etc.)
  • Implementation of 360-degree evaluation by senior executives
  • MBO system

Global Semiconductor Alliance's Women's Leadership Initiative Pledge 

logo: WLI

Renesas' CEO, Hidetoshi Shibata, has signed the Women's Leadership Initiative (WLI) Pledge. This pledge signifies that industry leaders are working to make a substantial impact on recruitment, retention and advancement of women in the semiconductor industry. By signing the pledge, Renesas commits to the following: 

  1. Prioritizing gender diversity and gender pay parity.
  2. Creating an inclusive culture, free from biases that enable women to contribute their maximum potential.
  3. Promoting the professional development of women through offering opportunities, training, recognition, engagement and participation.
  4. Creating advancement opportunities through sponsorship and meaningful performance objectives. 

Pledging Support for United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs)

Logo: WEPs

Renesas has become a signatory of Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) (announced on April 13, 2021), a joint initiative founded by the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) and UN Women in 2010.

Becoming a signatory solidifies Renesas’ unwavering commitment to promote gender equality and create a more inclusive workforce where individuals can achieve their maximum potential regardless of gender. Going forward, we will empower and inspire women in the workplace and in society, and to create a business environment where women can work, lead and excel in their careers.

Efforts to Promote Disabled Employees' Participation and Advancement in Renesas (Japan)

We consistently work on hiring people with disabilities. As of 2020, employees with disabilities accounted for 2.3% of the workforce in Japan, and they are active in various locations. In addition to the design and manufacturing departments, we have employees with disabilities demonstrating their skills and playing an active role in a wide range of fields across the company.
Our global Group companies also actively hire people with disabilities, and employees with disabilities accounts for 1.4% of the global workforce.
We will continue to fulfill our social responsibility and promote the active employment of individuals with disabilities, while also leveraging diversity to drive growth for the company.

Ratio of employees with Disabilities

  2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
% (Japan) 1.6% 2.1% 2.1% 2.2% 2.2% 2.3%

Ratio of employees with Disabilities

  2018 2019 2020
% (Global) 1.4% 1.3% 1.4%

Note: For individuals employed in Japan are calculated based on the Act on Promotion of Employment of Persons with Disabilities of Japan.

Creating a More LGBTQ+ Friendly Workplace

At Renesas, we are actively working to strengthen our LGBTQ+ related initiatives. We believe that by affirming diversity including sexual orientation and sexual identity, we can create a work environment where everyone can be themselves and feels safe to fully engage in their work. Therefore, through activities by the Diversity Promotion Group (DPG) and other programs, we aim to foster a corporate culture where all employees understand and accept gender diversity, while also making improvements in systems and work environments for LGBTQ+ employees. Renesas Code of Conduct states that employees should not be discriminated against based on “sexual orientation” and “sexual identity.” On June 1, 2021, Renesas has pledged to Business for Marriage Equality (BME), a campaign to boost marriage equality in Japan through the support of businesses. At the same time, we revised our HR policies in Japan to include partners of common-law marriage, regardless of their gender. We will expand the initiatives to respect the rights of LGBTQ+ members to different countries and regions, while taking into consideration the laws and circumstances of each country and region. Along with this revision, we are establishing a consultation helpline for members of the LGBTQ+ community, creating an inclusive environment to support their rights, and making improvements in recruitment with LGBTQ+ in mind. We hope, through DPG activities, we can deepen employees’ understanding of LGBTQ+ and increase the number of allies.

List of LGBTQ+ initiatives

Fostering Culture

Establishment of Diversity Promotion Group (DPG)

  • Established a cross-company team to promote diversity such as LGBTQ+ and increase the participation of women

Revision of Renesas Code of Conduct

  • Prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity

Internal notice of revision of company rules and systems

  • Notified all employees on the company intranet regarding revisions

Pledge to support Business for Marriage Equality

  • Pledged support for marriage equality in Japan (supporting a campaign to legalize same-sex marriage, published on June 1, 2021)

CEO message to employees about LGBTQ+

  • Issued a CEO message directed to Renesas’ employees regarding LGBTQ+ on the external website (“On Pride Month, published on June 1, 2021”)

Adoption of LGBTQ+ friendly logo

  • Replaced Renesas company logo during “Pride Month” in June, to show our commitment to realizing a fair and diverse society, with the rainbow logo (limited time only for the external website and intranet)

Activities to raise awareness

  • Annual Human Rights training (e-learning) conducted in Japan to educate employees on LGBTQ+

Establishment of HR Systems and Environment

Revision of HR policies

  • HR policies applied to same-sex partners and their families  
    • Vacation days, leaves and shortened working hours relating to marriage, childbirth, childcare and family care
    • Rent allowance, financial benefits for bereavements
    • Relocation allowance, travel expenses, moving expenses, leave for relocation etc.
  • Use of some HR systems can be done discreetly

Establishment of consultation helpline

  • Begun accepting LGBTQ+ related reporting within the internal harassment consultation helpline

Inclusive and considerate environment for everyone

  • Offer the choice to use names that respect employees’ gender identity for company email addresses, etc.
  • Modified process to respect individual preferences on gender identity for annual health checks and clothing choices in the workplace

Considerate approach in hiring

  • Clarified Renesas’ stance on respecting diversity such as LGBTQ+ in our recruitment policy
  • Modified application processes so declaring gender and attaching a photo of the candidate are now optional

Note 1: LGBTQ+ refers to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning and other sexual minorities.
Note 2: Excludes items that are not permitted by laws and regulations of a particular region.
Note 3: As the laws and culture differs from country to country, Renesas will comply with the laws of each country and will respond to the cultural circumstances of the country appropriately when implementing measures. 

Contributing to SDGs

Renesas’ efforts in Diversity and Inclusion contributes to these Sustainable Development Goals targets:

5-Gender Equality

SDG 5.1 End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere

5-Gender Equality

SDG 5.5 Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life

5-Gender Equality

SDG 5.c Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels

10-Reduced Inequalities

SDG 10.2 By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status