Today, HRC announced a partnership with Good Aging Yells during Work with Pride -- one of the Asia-Pacific region’s largest forums on LGBTQ-inclusive businesses -- to promote LGBTQ inclusion across workplaces in Japan. For the second consecutive year, HRC joined corporate partners here to discuss the barriers facing LGBTQ employees and new ways to equip Japanese businesses and multinationals to cultivate more LGBTQ-inclusive workplaces across the country.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government recently passed a law banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The measure includes a public education campaign about LGBTQ rights ahead of the city hosting the 2020 Summer Olympics.
Deena Fidas, Director of the HRC Foundation’s Global Workplace Equality Program and co-author of HRC’s annual Corporate Equality Index (CEI) -- the premier national benchmarking tool on corporate LGBTQ-inclusive policies -- led a discussion on LGBTQ workplace equality, shared innovative steps companies can take to increase protections for LGBTQ employees and highlighted companies demonstrating LGBTQ-inclusive best practices and policies. Joined by Good Aging Yells founder Gon Matsunaka, Fidas underscored the importance of HRC’s partnership with Tokyo’s largest LGBT advocacy group and commended its commitment to promoting LGBTQ-inclusive workplace policies in Japan.
“We are delighted to be working with Good Aging Yells as it continues the momentum for LGBTQ equality in Japan and generates interest among major corporations to invest in inclusion and take advantage of the benefits that translate into a better corporate culture,” said Fidas, who is also director of HRC Equidad MX and HRC Equidad CL, which are advancing LGBT inclusion in workplaces across Mexico and Chile. “The demand for LGBTQ equality and workplace inclusion has never been more significant.”
“We are working to achieve greater LGBTQ inclusion in all areas of life creating safe spaces for our community,” said Gon Matsunaka, Head & Founder of Good Aging Yells. “We are proud to carry out this partnership with the Human Rights Campaign to expand our mission and ensure LGBTQ protections in Japanese workplaces. We are excited to work together to explore new methods to promote inclusive corporate environments, develop better tools and build a stronger economy based on the value of promoting and retaining diverse talent.”
Through its Corporate Equality Index and Global Workplace Equality Programs, the HRC Foundation has established guidelines to implement LGBT-inclusive policies for more than 14.5 million employees worldwide. The program is currently developing a toolkit for Japanese businesses to measure equality in their workplaces, and to make business leaders aware of the added cost when employees have to hide their sexual orientation and gender identity.
While in Tokyo, HRC staff conducted workshops with corporate leaders from across the private sector and civil society stakeholders including the LGBT Lawyers and Allies Network, the American Chamber of Commerce, and HRC Global Innovator and LGBTQ activist Fumino Sugiyama.
Bolstered by the new partnership with Good Aging Yells and the support of Work with Pride, HRC will kickoff a corporate roundtable series during Tokyo Pride 2019 to promote lasting LGBTQ inclusion in the region, and spotlight new anti-discrimination laws protecting LGBTQ people in the region.
HRC is proud to join with Accenture, EY Japan, NTT Group, Japan Post Insurance Co., Cisco Systems LLC, Shimizu Corporation, Sony Corporation, Dai-ichi Life Insurance Co., IBM Japan, Japan Airlines, Panasonic Corporation, East Japan Railway Company, Marui Group, JP Bank, LifeNet, Recruit, Nomura and Base Q to promote LGBTQ-inclusion in Japanese workplaces and across the region.
For more information on HRC Global Equality programs, please visit hrc.im/GlobalWorkplacePrograms.