In 2019, UD Trucks achieved a 100% return to work rate for employees who took childcare leave thanks to ongoing workplace reforms. UD Trucks has been making efforts to create flexible working conditions for employees with children since the 1990s. The company has introduced flex-time, work from home and other programs to make the workplace more attractive and those initiatives are seen as a key driver behind the high rate of employees returning to work after childcare leave.
UD Trucks achieved a 100% rate of employees returning to work after childcare leave for the first time in 2017 and the rate is expected to remain at 100% in 2020 as well.
UD Trucks is committed to creating an environment that respects diversity and embraces individual differences, regardless of gender, nationality, age, sexual orientation, or background.
In addition to introducing a variety of personnel systems that support flexible ways of working, the company has been making efforts to raise the awareness around diversity and inclusion through various activities. By fostering a diverse and inclusive culture, UD Trucks believes it can increase employee engagement and the exchange of ideas, which will enable the company to positively transform its employees, business and the society as a whole.
The logistics industry is currently facing a serious labor shortage due to the aging of predominantly male drivers. With government support the industry has been making efforts to boost the number of female drivers in recent years through various initiatives.
UD Trucks has also been playing a key role in empowering women in the workplace. The company launched a working group called Women Inclusion Network (WIN), in 2014, to support working mothers and share best practices on achieving a balance between family and work.
These support frameworks and programs have played an important role in giving employees, especially those who are caring for small children, a sense of comradery and security. In fact, the number of employees taking maternity and paternity leave has been increasing each year.
One employee returning from child care leave commented, “flexible ways of working have become rooted in the company culture, which goes a long way in balancing work and childcare from the very beginning”
UD Trucks also supports gender equality in terms of childcare. The first male employee took paternity leave in 2013 and in 2019, five male employees have done so. In 2020, four male employees have taken paternity leave as of the end of September. One of those who took paternity leave says “Taking care of a newborn baby is a lot of work for the mother, especially during the first few months. By taking parental leave the father can help out around the home and lessen the burden on the mother.”
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UD Trucks is a leading Japanese commercial vehicle solutions provider, active in more than 60 countries on all continents. Since its inception in 1935, the company has been an innovation leader with a clear vision to provide the trucks and services the world needs today. The company is committed to go the extra mile for smart logistics with the most dependable solutions for demanding customers. To best support across applications and geographies, UD Trucks offers a full range of heavy-duty trucks - Quon and Quester, medium duty trucks - Condor and Croner, and light duty trucks - Kazet and Kuzer, as well as associated operational and financial services.
UD Trucks is a proud member of the Volvo Group, which in 2019 had net sales of 432 BSEK and over 100,000 employees globally.