To Make the World Smile
(Current：Global Supply Chain Management SCM Information Center)
Hirayama joined FAST RETAILING in 2011 thinking that it would be the best platform to accomplish two of her goals: to challenge herself and to bring joy to people around the world. Today she is doing just that and thriving as a GU store manager.
To Make the World Smile
When I was little I wanted to be a politician. This was because I thought it would be a way to bring smiles to the faces of people worldwide. When I was at university I participated in United Nations refugee support activities. It was there that I had a chance to work with FAST RETAILING and learned about its corporate social responsibility initiative involving the distributing of clothing to refugee camps. That was also where I first encountered GU.
Meaningful Work to Change the World
The more I learned about FAST RETAILING, the more I was intrigued. It resonated with me. Through the company’s mission to “change clothes, change conventional wisdom, change the world” I felt a way to bring joy to people around the world at FAST RETAILING, so I jumped at the chance to join GU when I graduated as it was just getting off the ground.
A Path to Rapid Growth
Another factor that played into my decision was that FAST RETAILING is entirely performance based. I thought that I would be given all kinds opportunities at a young age. After the first six months I was a store manager. After my first year I transferred to our Tokyo head office where I was put in charge of hiring new graduates. Not long ago I was made store manager of our Shinjuku Sanchome store just after it opened. Things here move at a dizzying speed—faster even than I expected.
Given Responsibility, Given Opportunity
At FAST RETAILING, the store manager is in charge. He or she dictates how a store operates and is always faced with key decisions. There aren’t many companies that will throw someone young—someone my age—into a position of such importance and responsibility. I want to take this responsibility and my experience here and ultimately forge this into a business that brings happiness to people around the world. I have always wanted to challenge myself. Our top executives say GU is a place where anything is possible. I believe that. And with FAST RETAILING aiming to be the top company in the world, I can’t think of a better place to both challenge myself and have a significant impact on the world.