Past BCCJ D&I Events

Let’s Talk about Mentorship – Women and Mentoring

April 17, 2020

Women leaders in British chambers of commerce in Taipei, Shanghai, Beijing, Singapore and Japan shared their expertise on mentoring on April 17 in the first multination British chamber webinar. Some 80 members from across the region joined the event, which covered tips for mentors and mentees along every step of the mentorship process, from pairing and development of a mutually beneficial relationship to evaluation and feedback.

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Diversity in Rugby

March 26, 2019

“Rugby is a growing, thriving, global sport because it is inclusive and fosters diversity at all levels,” Rob Abernethy told attendees of the BCCJ’s “Diversity in Rugby” luncheon in Tokyo, on March 26. The executive director of Rugby World Cup (RWC) 2019 was speaking at the second event of the Rugby Alliance, a coalition of eight Japan-based foreign chambers of commerce that was set up last year to help the RWC Organising Committee deliver a legacy. As the longest global sporting event, at 44 days’ duration, and with 12 host cities spanning Hokkaido to Kyushu, a fundamental aspect of the legacy is the development of grassroots rugby across the country. Abernethy expressed hope of a positive reception because rugby “is a game for all shapes and sizes, genders, ages and abilities” thanks to its variety of formats, including tag, touch, wheelchair, sevens and fifteens.

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BCCJ marks International Women’s Day 2019

March 10, 2019

The British Chamber of Commerce, in association with Barclays and SMBC hosted a special event to mark International Women’s Day 2019. Celebrated annually on March 8, International Women’s Day highlights the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity in the workplace. The 2019 International Women’s Day global theme was #BalanceforBetter. Across the world, companies and organisations are striving to achieve gender balance. Initiatives such as the 30% Club, He For She, and the W20 have begun to produce results in the public and private sectors. The race is on for the gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, gender-balanced media coverage, a gender-balance of employees, more gender-balance in wealth, even gender-balanced sports coverage . . .

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Women in Leadership: Accessing Senior Roles as a Woman

September 20, 2018

On September 14, Helen Woods, managing director of international services provider Equiom Solutions, held an interactive roundtable with BCCJ members on the topic of “Women in Leadership.” Visiting Tokyo on a tour of the firm’s Asia offices, Woods drew on her 25-year background in the tax planning industry and experience of managing Equiom’s global team of tax professionals to start a conversation on career development, management skills and work-life balance for women.

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Lessons on mentoring from women across Asia

April 24, 2020

Women leaders in British chambers of commerce in Taipei, Shanghai, Beijing, Singapore and Japan shared their expertise on mentoring on April 17 in the first multination British chamber webinar. Some 80 members from across the region joined the event, which covered tips for mentors and mentees along every step of the mentorship process, from pairing and development of a mutually beneficial relationship to evaluation and feedback.

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W20 co-chair addresses BCCJ members

April 12, 2019

The co-chair of the W20 engagement group, which proposes women-related policy recommendations to the G20, has called on BCCJ members to be pioneers for female empowerment through individual actions. Speaking at a BCCJ workshop about the W20 summit held in Tokyo on March 23–24, Haruno Yoshida presented digitalisation as a “gamechanger” for advancing gender equality globally. As the summit brought together 1,000 female leaders from across the globe, she said it builds momentum on female labour participation among the 2.3 billion women living in the G20 group of nations.

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Japan and Scotland: D&I lessons

July 27, 2918

The Scottish and Japanese governments share a solution to the ageing population in their respective countries: boost the participation of their working age citizens through diversity and inclusion (D&I), to drive sustainable economic growth. And corporations in both countries have lauded the potential of D&I to spark creativity, innovation, productivity and, ultimately, business success. Yet, implementation of D&I initiatives has been slow, and the results mixed. The BCCJ invited representatives of three D&I success stories to speak to members on 3rd July at its luncheon, “21st Century Solutions: D&I in 2018.” The speakers were Mayor of Yokohama Fumiko Hayashi, whose policies eliminated nursery waiting lists in the city; Kaori Sasaki, founder of the International Conference for Women in Business, Japan’s largest women’s conference; and Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs in the Scottish government, which enjoys a 50:50 gender-balanced cabinet.

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Womenomics at a Crossroads

September 14, 2015

The BCCJ is fully committed to supporting diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the workplace. On Sep 10, as part of our D&I programme of events we hosted “Womenomics at a Crossroads”. BCCJ members and invited guests heard from BBC World News Reporter, Mariko Oi, who was the first Japanese national to report for the BBC, and Professor Danielle George, Engineering professor and Associate Dean at the University of Manchester, who last year became only the sixth woman to present the Royal Institute’s Christmas Lectures in its 180-year history. The session was moderated by Suzanne Price, Representative Director of Price Global, a consultancy firm that designs, facilitates and implements diversity and inclusion training initiatives in multi-national companies.

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What women really want from womenomics

September 19, 2014

Over 60 people attended the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) event, “What do we really want? Women and Womenomics”, at the BT Japan offices in Ark Hills this morning. The event, run in support of the Ministry of Foreign Affair’s “Shine Weeks” initiative, and supported by the British Embassy Tokyo, brought together a panel of three female executives and a variety of BCCJ member organisations, as well as 18 students and interns from the British School in Tokyo, the Tomodachi Programme, Waseda University, the University of Oxford, the University of Leeds, the EU delegation to Japan, Refugees International Japan, and others. The Shine Weeks initiative, backed by the Government of Japan, Keidanren, The Nikkei, The Japan Institute of International Affairs and the Japan Center for Economic Research, is aimed at exploring how increasing female participation in the workforce will boost economic growth.

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