Diversity & Inclusion

"We utilize our unique combination of the experiences, knowledge, and views of our diverse members in an organization where everyone can demonstrate their values. "

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Gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, religion or creed, neurological characteristics, physical ability, ethnicity, nationality, race, and age are just a few of a countless number of diverse backgrounds that people working at Mercari have. Our goal is for everyone to have equal chances to do their best work, regardless of their background. We strive to create various policies and initiatives to make this a reality. We work towards promoting Diversity & Inclusion in true Mercari fashion, utilizing our unique combination of the experiences, knowledge, and views of our diverse members and our culture as a Japanese company.

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External Evaluation

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PRIDE Index 2021

Mercari was awarded the gold rating in the PRIDE Index 2021 (an index used to evaluate LGBT+ friendly companies in Japan) in recognition of initiatives such as making special leave, congratulatory allowance, and other marriage benefits available to same-sex couples, as well as the implementation of an LGBT+ e-learning course for all company employees.

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D&I Award 2021

Mercari received the Grand Prize, the highest award in the “Startup” category of the 2021 D&I Awards, in recognition of our efforts to eliminate inequality of opportunity and change society through initiatives such as our HR data analysis, IT career, and education programs, as well as our partnership with Kamiyama Marutgoto Kosen (tentative name).

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EDGE Assess

In December of 2022, Mercari became the first company in Japan to obtain “EDGE Assess” level certification, a globally recognized standard that evaluates initiatives regarding gender equality in the workplace.

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Program

Mercari Restart Program

Mercari offers the Mercari Restart Program, a program that aims to support those who, due to personal reasons, had to interrupt their careers and want to return to the workforce.

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Communities

Women@Mercari

The Women community works to improve our working environment and to create opportunities for women to thrive. Our initiatives aim to provide fair opportunities for all individuals regardless of their gender, enabling them to perform at their full potential. We created Build@Mercari, which is an educational program for future engineers, and co-host events with Women Who Code, a community of female engineers.

 

Multicultural@Mercari

The Multicultural community creates opportunities for members to learn and support each other in order to improve our understanding of different cultural, national, or linguistic backgrounds. We carry out our activities respecting everyone’s identity and individuality, and not categorizing anyone based on things like race, religion, language, family, or social group.

 

Pride@Mercari

The Pride community holds study groups and events to raise awareness regarding sexual diversity, the LGBT+ community, and its allies (people who understand and support sexual diversity). We hold seminars with internal and external speakers, work on ways to improve our HR policies, and more.

 

Materials

Mercari Pride E-Learning

Led by the internal community Pride@Mercari, Mercari Pride E-Learning is an in-house online training program designed to increase understanding toward LGBT+ individuals and promote D&I. The training has been mandatory for all employees since 2021.

Third-party institutions specializing in LGBT+ advocacy conducted a review of the training before this external release.

Unconscious Bias Workshop

Mercari has released materials for its in-house training program “Unconscious Bias Workshop” for free, with the goal of promoting diversity and inclusion in society by sharing knowledge and methods for understanding unconscious bias. A script for facilitating the Unconscious Bias Workshop using these slides can be found in the Facilitator Guide below.

Support

We provide training and support programs so that everyone working at Mercari is able to perform at their best.


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