Japanese companies work towards inclusion in the workplace

The Japan Business Federation – also known as Keidanren –published its first guidelines on LGBT+ inclusion in the workplace in May.

The set of best practices covers internal policies including recruitment and human resources programs, as well as how businesses can try to include and cater to LGBT+ customers. Suggested policies include eliminating checkboxes requesting gender on job applications, allowing same-sex couples to utilize mobile phone bundling benefits.

Keidanren, known as the voice of big business in Japan, counts 1,281 companies, 129 industrial associations, and 47 regional economic organizations as members.

Since the guidelines were published, Rakuten has added gender-neutral restrooms at its headquarters, and Kirin Holdings added same-sex partners to the definition of “spouses of employees” to make them eligible for family separation allowances and congratulatory or condolence leave.

Despite progress, Japan still lags the United States and Europe when it comes to LGBT+ workplace practices.
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