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Sony Group receives gold rating in the Pride Index for corporate LGBT initiatives
The Sony Group has received a gold rating in the Pride Index for its LGBT initiatives. It received high marks for its personnel, employee benefit and welfare schemes (*1), particularly its equal treatment policies for the same-sex partners and spouses of employees.

  • award ceremony
  • work with Pride Gold 2016

*1) Employee benefit and welfare system: recognition of transfers to new posts away from family and separation allowances, congratulatory and condolence payments, congratulatory and condolence leave, school bag presentation ceremonies, family days (family visits to the workplace), baby sitter support, childcare leave, shorter working hours for childcare, care receiver conditions under the nursing care-related system, and eligibility for Sony Family Cards, etc.

Sony Group receives gold rating in the Pride Index

Policy (Action Declaration)
The Sony Group's Diversity Statement clarifies company policy towards sexual minorities, including LGBT, and is widely publicized in and outside the Group through the Internet and other media.
Representation (LGBTA network)
Commended for initiatives to create allies (*2) and setting up counselling services
  • LGBT Workshop held during Diversity Week
  • In-company volunteers recruited for Tokyo Rainbow Pride
  • Use of ally networks, SNS

*2) "Ally" (the "A" in LGBTA) refers to people who are not members of the LGBT community themselves, but who understand and support sexual minorities such as LGBT, or have made clear they hold such views.

Inspiration (Raising awareness)
  • Announce that same-sex partners are included among those eligible to take part in company events such as Family Day
  • LGBT Workshop held during Diversity Week
  • Use e-Learning programs aimed at all employees to address the subject of LGBT and explain the need to create a workplace environment where everyone can work happily
Development (Human resources management policy and programs)
Engagement/Empowerment (Social responsibility and external activities)
  • From 2013: Participation in work with Pride
  • From 2015: Participation in Tokyo Rainbow Pride

The Pride Index for LGBT initiatives

The private organization "work with Pride" (wwP) supports the promotion and institutionalization of diversity management relating to sexual minorities, and has set up Japan's first benchmark for corporate LGBT initiatives. Two of wwP's NPO affiliated organizations, Good Aging Yells and Nijiiro Diversity, assessed companies, corporate groups and other organizations for their diversity initiatives, and awarded gold, silver and bronze ratings according their scores. The awards were announced on October 26 at a seminar held in Dai-Ichi Seimei Hall in Tokyo.
Gold ratings: 53 companies, corporate groups and organizations
One point was awarded to companies, etc., for each of five categories in which they satisfied certain conditions. Gold ratings were awarded for scores of five points.
Silver ratings: 20 companies, corporate groups and organizations
One point was awarded to companies, etc., for each of five categories in which they satisfied certain conditions. Silver ratings were awarded for scores of four points.
Bronze ratings: 6 companies, corporate groups and organizations, etc.
One point was awarded to companies, etc., for each of five categories in which they satisfied certain conditions. Bronze ratings were awarded for scores of three points.

For further details, please refer to the "PRIDE Index 2016 Report" (In Japanese only)

The PRIDE Index

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