The "work with Pride 2018" conference (hereinafter "wwP" (*1)) associated with corporations and the LGBT (*2) community took place at Tokyo Midtown Hibiya in Japan on October 11 – or National Coming Out Day -- which is a day of awareness held around the world. wwP is an annual event that enables members of the LGBT community to provide information on creating workplaces where its members can be themselves as they go about their duties. This year's main session consisted of messages from well-known people who have come out, panel discussions among managers and concerned parties, and the results of the PRIDE Index 2018 (*3), which ranks companies in Japan on the basis of initiatives aimed at the LGBT community. The panel discussion among managers covered company responses to the LGBT community in the run-up to the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in 2020.
The Pride Index rates the initiatives adopted by companies and other entities that support the LGBT community. At the Pride Index 2018 ceremony, companies belonging to the Sony Group were awarded 17 gold ratings, and one bronze rating.
Kenichi Mochizuki, head of Sony Corporation's Corporate Human Resources Division, served as Moderator for the panel of concerned parties during the Main Session.
In his opening remarks, Mochizuki said: "While company schemes have changed enormously over the past few years, I get the feeling that changing the actual climate in the workplace and the awareness of individuals is really an enormous task. What can be done to transform the workplace into a secure environment where different generations can work together? I invite panelists here to contribute messages to consider what everyone, as one individual, can do." Members of the panel then spoke about their motivations and thoughts on coming out. Their comments included the changes that affected them and the people around them as a result, and any new discoveries and feelings that affected them. The members of the panel were thus able to show their true, unadorned selves to the audience, providing those present with an opportunity to consider how much the ability to be themselves in the workplace might motivate them to make the most of their abilities.