ANA Becomes First Japanese Airline to Join IATA’s Diversity Campaign

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All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest airline, has again indicated its commitment to diversity and inclusion by signing on the 25by2025 campaign organized by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). ANA has a history of working to advance diversity and inclusion within its organization, with the Japan Women’s Innovation Network recognizing the airline’s efforts in 2018 and 2019 with the Advanced Achievement Award.

25by2025 is an IATA-led industry campaign that aims to shift key diversity and inclusion metrics across the industry by engaging member airlines. Participants commit to increasing the representation of female employees in senior positions and under-represented areas, both within their airlines and within the pool from which IATA governance roles are appointed. The current guidelines call for airlines to report annually on key diversity metrics, to increase female nominations for IATA governance roles to a minimum of 25 percent by 2025 and have the airline and IATA work together to reach a minimum of 25 percent of the roles to be held by women by 2025.

ANA is additionally a member of the 30% Club Japan, an international group of companies that promote the role of women in the workplace. Beyond helping women rise to senior leadership positions, ANA has instituted networking programs that are designed to help women advance within the organization and has also opened up management level positions for employees working part-time. 

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Achieving gender equality and empowerment of all women is one of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). ANA says it is committed to empowering every employee to reach their full potential and will continue seeking out opportunities to improve career prospects for women within its organization.

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