“We recognize that there are still many issues to be addressed, such as increasing the number of female managers in Japan.”
As part of Nintendo’s 82nd Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, the Big N was met with plenty of worthwhile questions. With an English version of the full Q&A finally available, we get to hear everything Representative Director and President, Shuntaro Furukawa, had to say on all manner of subjects.
In this particular piece, Shuntaro Furukawa addresses how Nintendo chooses their directors:
Shuntaro Furukawa on Diversity and How Nintendo picks their Directors:
Director candidates are selected based on who would be best for navigating the management of the company, regardless of factors like gender, age, and nationality. We aim to carry out corporate management from a variety of perspectives, and our current Board of Directors includes, as Outside Directors, Asa Shinkawa, who is a woman, and Chris Meledandri, who is a non-Japanese member.
As the interests and preferences of the consumers continue to diversify, it is also essential that we leverage a variety of talent to enhance the overall strength of the company as we are in the entertainment business. To that end, we strive to respect and utilize the individual characteristics and strengths of our employees.
When it comes to the recruitment of talent, we judge each person on their own qualities regardless of gender. And after joining the company, the compensation system and the like are decided based not on gender, but on the abilities demonstrated by the individual and their contribution to the company.
The entire Nintendo group is striving to promote an environment in which female employees can play an active role. In our overseas subsidiaries, female employees are active in important posts including senior management. Women account for 23.7% of management positions when calculated based on the combined numbers for the headquarters in Japan and the subsidiaries in North America, Europe and Australia.
We recognize that there are still many issues to be addressed, such as increasing the number of female managers in Japan, so this is a topic of frequent discussion among the executive management. We will continue to strive to build a work environment where employees from a diverse range of backgrounds and various identities can play a more active role.