Japan – Human Resource Initiatives Bolster Fujitsu’s Status as DX Leader

Fujitsu today announced its plans to strengthen its status as a leading digital transformation (DX) company that drives DX both in its own and customers’ businesses with the aim of realizing a sustainable society.

Amidst an ever-changing business environment and growing demand for talent with the skills needed to thrive in the digital age, Fujitsu continues to offer new ways to empower its employees to take ownership of their career development, enhancing the mobility of talent throughout the Group to quickly and optimally allocate the right people to the right positions. Fujitsu also provides employees with opportunities for continued growth, such as a group-wide posting program and a system that supports reskilling of its talent. Fujitsu also actively hires on a rolling basis through its new graduate and mid-career recruitment activities.

1. Program to transform talent into “business producers”
Fujitsu implemented a system to support employees with training programs to raise and change their skills and to visualize the skills of its approx. 8,000 sales personnel in Japan, aiming to foster the development of “business producers” responsible for creating new value in cross-industry sectors, rather than filling vertical, industry-specific sales positions.

Going forward, business producers, who are in direct contact with customers, will play a central role in accelerating Fujitsu’s transformation into a DX company.

2. Assigning the right people to the right positions
In fiscal 2020, Fujitsu introduced a job-based human resources system for all manager-class people and up and a group-wide job posting system that allows Group employees that are located in Japan to take on new job positions on their own initiative. In fiscal 2021, approximately 2,000 employees that are located in Japan were transferred or relocated through this group-wide system.

Fujitsu also supports the diversification of careers by utilizing its expertise and experience in responding to job offers from outside the Group, and also offers a system to support employees seeking career course redirection outside of the Fujitsu Group at their own request.

3. Expansion of the temporary “Self-Produce Support System”
As one of the measures to accelerate the optimal allocation of human resources, Fujitsu expanded the existing “Self-Produce Support System”(1), a temporary system to support employees seeking career course redirection outside of the Fujitsu Group. By February 28, 2022, 3,031 employees (full-time employees or those re-employed through the post-retirement re-employment system) mainly 50 years of age or older and employed at Fujitsu or Fujitsu Group companies in Japan had applied for this support.

4. Financial impact of the above initiatives
The expansion of the temporary “Self-Produce Support System” is expected to involve a non-recurring expense of 65 billion yen. This expense is recorded in the consolidated financial results for the fiscal year ending March 2022. Accordingly, the full-year consolidated forecast has been revised as follows.

(1) Self-Produce Support System :
A system that provides a certain level of support to employees who seek career course redirection outside of the Fujitsu Group.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Approximately 126,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 3.6 trillion yen (US$34 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021. For more information, please see www.fujitsu.com.

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Mi Casa Resource Center® Delivers Holiday Spirit to Westwood Neighborhood

 Mi Casa Resource Center® hosted their first annual Santa’s Workshop Toy Drive on Saturday, December 18th. Holiday music, coffee, and hot cocoa were provided as staff and volunteers were ready to meet a commitment of delivering toys to families in the Westwood neighborhood. Parents were checked into the event and then supplied with a toy for each child registered. With an average of three toys distributed per family, Mi Casa made Christmas dreams come true. “I cherish opening up our headquarters during this time of year, welcoming families, making a positive impact, and informing them about our empowering programs,” Mi Casa CEO Angeles Ortega, stated. She continued, “We would not have been able to do this without the volunteers and our magnificent partners.”

In partnership with the Denver Police Department, Mi Casa created an uplifting atmosphere for all who arrived on Saturday. Due to the massive amount of support provided by toy collection partners, resulting in nearly 1200 toys being donated, Mi Casa will be distributing toys to additional families through Tuesday, December 21st during office hours. Additionally, toys will be donated to the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless.

This initiative received support through the Denver Police Department’s Hotspot Grant, a solutions-based project which focuses on opportunities for community outreach and relationship building. Officers received Westwood’s families while manning the hot cocoa station at Mi Casa’s Santa’s Workshop event. The department also provided funding for toys. FirstBank provided additional support through funding and volunteers. Marine Toys for Tots, the Rotary Club of Conifer, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, St. Mary’s Academy, and Colorado Academy were toy collection partners.

About Mi Casa Resource Center®: Founded in 1976 by seven Denver-area mothers and a father, Mi Casa educates, trains, and supports youth and adults along career and business pathways to grow their income and achieve lasting economic success. Focused on supporting income growth, employment, and entrepreneurship, Mi Casa Resource Center provides training and tailored support to help people take the next step on the journey toward financial success. Learn more at MiCasaResourceCenter.org.

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Mi Casa Resource Center® and Wells Fargo Work Together to Help Entrepreneurs

 As the Colorado economy picks up and more small business pivot from surviving to thriving, Mi Casa Resource Center® has been awarded a $350,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Open for Business Fund to help small businesses get back to growing again.

Thanks to the Open for Business Fund, a roughly $420 million Wells Fargo small business recovery effort, Mi Casa will offer training, individualized consulting and holistic case management to 1,300 Denver Metro area entrepreneurs through its Business Pathways program. Mi Casa supports primarily underserved Latino small business owners, inventors and aspiring entrepreneurs with knowledge and a portfolio of resources. Demand across Mi Casa’s programs has increased as distressed communities have been even more impacted in recent times. This grant will help small business owners recover and emerge from the pandemic even stronger and more resilient.

Of the nonprofit’s success with creating pathways to business opportunity, Mi Casa Chief Executive Officer Angeles Ortega said, “With this vital support from the Wells Fargo Open for Business Fund, Mi Casa can help our local small businesses come back stronger after the hardships of the last year. For 45 years, Mi Casa has supported low-income, Latino families in the Denver area. We are uniquely positioned to serve the needs of our diverse communities. Our participants are 74% female, 81% Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and 82% low income. Business Pathways provides resources for startups, established businesses, and inventions moving forward. The impact is far reaching as each success helps entire families and communities thrive.”

For small businesses facing financial hardships and other business challenges, having access to trusted experts in areas like business planning, marketing, e-commerce, and financing can be a critical turning point for getting back to growth.

“Emerging from this unprecedented time, Coloradans who placed their entrepreneurial projects and inventions on hold are eager to bring them to fruition,” said Wells Fargo Colorado Region Bank President Keith Lobis. “Wells Fargo has a deep commitment to advancing the economic prosperity of all Colorado businesses. We are proud to support the work of Mi Casa Resource Center as they serve a vital role in bringing much needed support to diverse small businesses in the Denver Metro area.”

About Wells Fargo’s Open for Business Fund:

Wells Fargo’s Open for Business Fund is a roughly $420 million small business recovery effort created to help entrepreneurs stay open, maintain jobs and grow. Through this initiative, Wells Fargo is deploying grants to nonprofits and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) to provide small business owners with greater access to capital, technical expertise and recovery resources, with an emphasis on supporting small businesses most disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Small business owners looking for support can visit wellsfargo.com/together for tips and ideas.

About Mi Casa Resource Center: Founded in 1976 by seven mothers and one father in the Denver Metro area, Mi Casa Resource Center educates, trains, and supports youth and adults along career and business pathways to grow their income and achieve lasting economic success. Focused on supporting income growth and employment – self-employment, formal employment, and everything in between – Mi Casa Resource Center provides training and tailored support to help people take the next step on the journey toward economic and education success. Learn more at MiCasaResourceCenter.org.

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102 Community Resource Persons-Enterprise Promotion (CRP-EP) certified in a week as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav

  • Cadre of Community Resource Persons-Enterprise Promotion (CRP-EP) provides Business Support Services in rural areas
  • CRP-EPs are trained before they start working with the entrepreneurs, the training is a mix of classroom and field trainings.

As part of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, under Start-up Village Entrepreneurship Programme, 102 Community Resource Persons – Enterprise Promotion (CRP-EPs) were certified during 29th Oct – 4thNov, 2021.

Start-up Village Entrepreneurship Programme (SVEP), the sub-scheme under the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM) programme supports the Self-Help Group (SHG) members and their family members to set-up small enterprises in the non-farm sector.

SVEP develops an eco-system for enterprise development in rural areas consisting of Community Enterprise Fund (CEF) for enterprise funding, Cadre of Community Resource Persons-Enterprise Promotion (CRP-EP) for providing Business Support Services which includes preparation of business plans, trainings, accessing loans from Banks etc. and dedicated centre at block level for providing information to entrepreneurs.

CRP-EPs are selected from the community where the programme is being implemented as they understand the local context and their familiarity with the NRLM eco-system. CRP-EPs along with the Block Programme Manager (BPM) and the Mentor are the key human resources at the block level for implementing the programme. They play an important role for Orientation of CBOs on Enterprise development, business plan preparation, market linkages and handholding support to entrepreneurs.

CRP-EPs are trained before they start working with the entrepreneurs, the training is a mix of classroom and field trainings. The total duration is for 56 days. Once they undergo training in one component through class room sessions, they have components of field work where they attempt to put into practice some of the learnings.

During these certification events, CRP-EPs shared their experience of enterprise promotion in rural areas under the SVEP scheme. They also discussed about the various training, capacity building and regular hand holdingprovided to them under the scheme to understand steps to do business and making it successful and also creating strong market linkages for rural enterprises.



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New Resource from the Widowed Parent Podcast Provides Tips for Parents of the 40,000 US Kids Who Lost a Parent to COVID

 Widowed parents now have a new resource and trusted guide to help them navigate a difficult task: raising their grieving children.

According to a study from the Journal of the American Medical Association, an estimated 40,000 kids and teens in the United States have a dead parent because of COVID. As noted in this study, “children who lose a parent are at elevated risk of traumatic grief, depression, poor educational outcomes, and unintentional death or suicide, and these consequences can persist into adulthood.”

In Future Widow, author Jenny Lisk shares lessons from children’s grief experts in a memoir that’s sure to help today’s widowed parents as they struggle with the task of raising grieving kids. Lisk’s own husband died of brain cancer in 2016, leaving her feeling lost and alone. She desperately wanted to know: how do I do this thing called “widowed parenting?”

“I’m incredibly grateful that my guests on The Widowed Parent Podcast have shared their insights with my listeners, allowing all of us to learn from their experience and expertise – because every child deserves a chance to thrive, even if their parent has died,” said Lisk.

Lisk is thrilled that Future Widow has been endorsed by children’s grief experts nationwide. “A profoundly moving memoir and resource, this book provides a guide for future or current widows and widowers who are parenting grieving children. Jenny Lisk gives an unflinching account of caregiving for her dying husband while raising her young children. I wish my mother had this book in 1974, after losing my dad to cancer when I was a teenager,” said Mary Robinson, CNN Hero and Founder of Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss, in Mountainside, New Jersey.

Jenny Lisk is a bestselling author and widowed mom who is dedicated to helping widowed parents increase their family’s well-being. In her book, Future Widow, Lisk draws on her personal and professional experience to provide a real-life guide for surviving and thriving while raising grieving children. Her show, The Widowed Parent Podcast, draws on over 100 interviews with experts, seasoned widowed parents, and people who lost a parent at a young age. It brings much-needed resources to widowed parents, helping them feel less lost and alone.

For more information about Future Widow, to request a review copy, or to schedule an interview, please contact Jenny Lisk at 425-577-4649 or jenny@jennylisk.com.

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