Employment and Active Advancement of People with Disabilities at Shimizu
We are undertaking many different initiatives at Shimizu to employ and promote the advancement of people with disabilities to implement the philosophy of diversity in management. We do so because we believe that this will enhance corporate value and expand the scope of corporate activities.
Main Measures to Promote the Advancement of People with Disabilities
The main measures implemented thus far are shown below.
Fiscal Year 2017
Comprehensive disaster drill for employees with disabilities
We conducted a drill aimed at securing the same basic level of safety for all employees during a fire, earthquake or other disaster, regardless of their disability status. Approximately 50 employees of the main office participated, including employees with disabilities and their supporters.
Participants commented that the drills gave them a fresh awareness of the need to think about the means of evacuation and support required depending on the type of disability and the importance of support.
Internships to students with disabilities
We liked the Access Blue 2017 internship program that IBM Japan offered to students with disabilities, so we offered internships at Shimizu as well from August 28 through September 1. Interns toured the Institute of Technology and the Monozukuri Training Center and interacted with Shimizu employees.
Fiscal Year 2016
Renovated parts of a retreat-style training facility to make it barrier-free
We renovated some of the guestrooms at the Alfort Atami retreat-style training facility to make them barrier-free. In addition to installing wheelchair-accessible shower stalls, toilets, and sinks, we installed sloped ramp in the dining hall, added braille blocks, and installed hand rails on the stairs.
Received the Grand Prix Award in the individual division of the 4th Annual Accessibility Consortium of Enterprises (ACE) Awards
An employee of Shimizu received the Grand Prix Award in the individual category in the 4th Annual ACE Awards. The ACE Awards are hosted by the Accessibility Consortium of Enterprises. This is an initiative to select employees who have used a disability to create new value from among member companies and honor them as role models.
The awards convey the high degree of appreciation for the contribution to the company that such recipients make with their advanced technical skills. One recipient who had a disability that involved the fingers on both hands improved his skills on the sketcher and with computer graphics and was the first Japanese person to receive the top award in the 30th Annual AIP, a global construction illustration competition.
Fiscal Year 2015
Received the Innovator Award in the 3rd Annual ACE Awards
A Shimizu employee received the Innovator Award in the 3rd Annual ACE Awards. He received high acclaim for overcoming a hearing disability, acquiring qualifications as a first-class registered architect and as an emergency building assessor after earthquakes, and for his wide-ranging work in construction design on interior, signage design, and creation of architectural mock-ups.
Fiscal Year 2013
Received letter of appreciation from the Setagaya-ku Council on Advancement of People with Disabilities
Shimizu’s work on initiatives in employing people with disabilities was recognized in November 2013. We received a letter of appreciation from the Setagaya-ku Council on Advancement of People with Disabilities.
Fiscal Year 2012
Made the new company head office barrier-free
We are working to make the new head office that Shimizu moved to in August 2012 a barrier-free facility by building an entrance gate and elevators that are wheelchair-accessible, installing multipurpose toilets (equipped with flashing lights for people who are hearing-impaired), and installing hand rails in common areas.