Nomura is a longstanding Out Leadership member, having joined 11 years ago. The Japanese financial services group hosted Out Leadership’s first-ever event in Tokyo in 2019 and last week welcomed Todd back to their Global Headquarters. All six Nomura Group companies received the highest award of gold in the PRIDE Index 2022 (the seventh consecutive year for Nomura!). For the second year in a row, Nomura also received the Rainbow award, an additional recognition for gold-recipient companies that have implemented initiatives with collective impact.
The group has a long history of allyship with the LGBTQ+ community. Back in 2012, Nomura clearly defined its LGBTQ+ anti-discrimination policy in the Code of Ethics of Nomura Group (currently Nomura Group Code of Conduct), and in 2019, the firm became the first in the financial services industry in Japan to sign the United Nations Standards of Conduct for Business for tackling discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.
Nomura’s employee-driven Diversity and Inclusion Network, which was established in 2010, raises awareness and deepens employees’ understanding of the LGBTQ+ experience. The group strives to foster an inclusive work culture where employees feel free to be themselves through key initiatives including employee training workshops, a domestic partnership benefits program available to all employees, guidelines on transgender inclusion, and consultation support for employees.