The fourth in the BCCJ’s series of events on Diversity and Inclusion (D&I), “Diversity Beyond Gender: LGBT” was held on November 26 at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo.
Moderated by BCCJ Vice President, Suzanne Price (President, Price Global), the event attracted around forty guests and focused on two main themes:
- Workplace diversity – growing human capital
- Marketplace diversity – increasing customer base
Four panelists with deep professional knowledge and experience spoke to the above themes, sharing some of their challenges and strategies for the inclusion of LGBT employees in the workplace in Japan. They also discussed the implementation of more inclusive hiring practices, as well as the huge potential of selling to the LGBT market in Japan.
- Shiho Ikeuchi, Hotel Granvia Kyoto
- Masaki Higashida, QOCCI
- Yoshiyuki Hoshino, Barclays Bank Plc
- Ian de Stains, TELL
Up until a few years ago, the vast majority of organisations in Japan – including British ones – kept their LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender) initiatives ‘in the closet’. These days, companies with a true commitment to D&I are increasingly making visible, internally and externally, their efforts to acknowledge and engage people who may be LGBT. Some companies have identified a corresponding new potential market, and design products and campaigns to appeal to LGBT customers. UK-based organisations in Japan look for creative ways to maintain their global standard for LGBT inclusive policies, and provide initiatives to promote LGBT inclusion in the workplace.
A selection of photos from this event can be found HERE