Nissan leads the Japanese automakers with the most women managers.
“Nissan stands out among companies in a country and industry that lags behind in female workplace participation,” said Tetsuo Kitagawa, a professor at the business school of Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo.
Japan’s auto industry has 780,000 employees, from which only 3% women responsible for the rollout of new models, all working at Nissan. Overall, women account for 6.7% of Nissan’s managers. According to data from the Labor Ministry, Japanese companies with at least 5,000 employees, women account for 2.9% of the managers.
“Women are a very important, still untapped resource,” Nissan Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn said in a statement on the company’s website. “The market requires much more female input in terms of product design, engineering, and even manufacturing and distributing the product.”
According to the “Gender Diversity and Corporate Performance” report from Credit Suisse published in 2011, accompanies with at least one woman in the board reached a higher return on equity than the other companies. Nissan plans to rise the number of female managers to 10% by 2017, while Toyota said that although it doesn’t have a target, it plans to increase diversity.