Unconcious bias refers to prejudices and beliefs that distort perceptions in ways we do not consciously recognize. Unconscious bias can have a protective effect that inhibits risk taking. When it unconsciously informs decision making and power relationships with peers, however, unconscious bias may negatively affect the workplace overall and individuals specifically by obstructing the promotion of Diversity and Inclusion(D&I). This can impact growth opportunities for female and other employees, hinder workplace innovation and lead to harassment.
The Idemitsu Group recognizes that D&I entails the acceptance of differences among individuals and their backgrounds based on mutual respect. We aim to create a workplace culture where each employee is aware of their unconcious biases, mutual understanding and communication in the workplace are improved, and innovation is easily generated. As one measure to achieve this end, we conducted trials that included executives and rolled out unconcious bias training company-wide. As of November 2020, executives and employees are using e-learning as part of their training.
Since October 2018, the event has been held to meet the needs of each department of Idemitsu and Showa Shell with a total of 826 participants as of December 31, 2019. In the experience event, participants discuss common dilemmas in the workplace (including balancing work and childcare) within a group to recognize the difference between their thoughts, values and what they treasure and those of other members. We will continue to hold this kind of experience event to promote activities conducted by diverse human resources through D&I.