work with Pride 2017 (wwP*1) was held at the Keidanren Kaikan on Wednesday October 11. wwP is an annual event designed to provide information on creating workplaces where members of the LGBT*2 community can be themselves as they go about their duties. This year's wwP was the sixth such event and was marked by active discussions on the difficulties facing LGBT employees who come out in the Japanese workplace, and the importance of creating a sustainable, inclusive in-company environment. The Pride Index rates the initiatives adopted by companies and other entities that support the LGBT community. At the Pride Index 2017 ceremony, Sony group companies were awarded 12 gold ratings, one silver rating, and five bronze ratings.
This year's wwP comprised two parts, a main session and a sub-session.
This consisted of a keynote speech on global trends, and a panel discussion involving concerned parties, followed by the announcement of the results of Pride Index 2017 rankings of corporate initiatives concerning LGBT. The panel discussion was entitled 'Thoughts on International Coming Out Day' and the discussion covered two themes, one each from global and domestic perspectives: 'Learning from Global Trends -- Coming Out? Or Not?' and 'Coming out in the Japanese Workplace Today.'
The discussion and exchange of views focused on four themes: 'Same Sex Partnership Schemes,' 'Taking Transgender Persons into Consideration,' 'Sexual Orientation Gender Identity (SOGI) harassment,' and 'Creating An In-house Climate (networks of allies, concerned parties)'
Sony Corporation / Sony Visual Products Inc. / Sony Video & Sound Products Inc. / Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation / Sony Imaging Products & Solutions Inc. / Sony Storage Media Manufacturing Corporation / Sony Marketing Inc. / Sony Regional Sales (Japan) Inc. / Sony Consumer Sales (Japan) Inc. / Sony Mobile Communications Inc. / Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc. / FeliCa Networks, Inc.
Sony Global Manufacturing & Operations Corporation
Sony PCL Inc. / Sony Global Solutions Inc. / Sony Storage Media Manufacturing Corporation. / Sony Energy Devices Corporation
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 to their scores.
For further details, please refer to the "PRIDE Index 2017 Report" (In Japanese only)