Developing and Advancing Women

Morgan Stanley is committed to developing exceptional individuals from a diverse set of backgrounds to shape and strengthen our business and bring value to our clients. Through a variety of offerings, we provide women with challenging opportunities, career development programs, networking opportunities, coaching, and access to female role models and senior management. Additionally, we recognize the importance of diversity in corporate leadership and actively support the development and advancement of women into senior business roles.  Within the Morgan Stanley group companies in Japan, we are proud to have women in senior positions such as officers, divisional heads, directors, and management committee members.

Action Plan for the Act on Promotion of Women’s Career Progression

To complement our global focus on diversity and to further our commitment to support the advancement of women in Japan, we have developed an action plan as part of the Japanese government’s Act on Promotion of Women’s Career Progression.

Plan Period

April 1, 2016 through March 31, 2021

Our Goal

Morgan Stanley plans to attract and hire more women through our campus and lateral recruiting efforts in order to increase our female talent and pipeline of future female leaders.  From 2012 to 2015, women have constituted an average of 43% of Morgan Stanley’s new hires.  Our target is to increase our average percentage of female hires to 46% or more during the plan period.    


  1. Reevaluate and review hiring criteria and process (from April 2016)
  2. Proactively promote Morgan Stanley to job-seekers as a workplace where women can succeed (from April  2016)
  3. Encourage flexible working styles to existing employees (from April 2016) 

Historical Hiring Ratio by Gender*1

Average Length of Service*2

Women  9.46 years

Men  7.87 years


*1  Fulltime employees hiring ratio at Morgan Stanley entities in Japan
*2  Average length service of fulltime employees at Morgan Stanley entities in Japan

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