ANA Receives Gold Recognition in Pride 2021 for LGBTQ Inclusion Efforts
Award cements ANA’s reputation as a leader in diversity and inclusion
ANA praised for education campaigns and LGBTQ-friendly employment policies
All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest and 5-Star airline for nine consecutive years, is proud to announce that it has received the prestigious Gold recognition in the 2021 PRIDE Index assessment by “work with Pride”, a Japan-based nonprofit organization. Creating a safe and welcoming workplace for all employees has long been a priority for ANA, and the airline has actively promoted respect for LGBTQ rights through booklets, seminars, e-learning courses, and discussion sessions.
To create a more LGBTQ-friendly work environment, ANA is expanding the company’s facilities by introducing more gender-neutral bathrooms for employees while also taking steps to improve access to changing rooms and shower facilities. In addition, ANA’s human resources policy recognizes the same-sex partners of employees as spouses and offers a counseling service for LGBTQ employees to discuss personal matters freely and openly. ANA has previously been recognized by IATA and J-Win for efforts to improve workplace diversity and inclusion as well as to create equal opportunities for all employees.
“At ANA, we believe in doing all we can to foster a corporate culture and office environment where all employees are free to be their authentic selves,” said Jun Taneie, Executive Vice President and Director of Diversity & Inclusion Promotion. “This recognition from work with Pride is very meaningful to us, and we are committed to maintaining our reputation as a leading LGBTQ workplace in Japan.”
The PRIDE Index was established in 2016 with the aim of helping Japanese employers create workplaces that are comfortable for all, including LGBTQ individuals. Work with Pride’s evaluation was based on five key factors: Policy, Representation, Inspiration (activities to raise awareness), Development (training/educational systems and programs), and Engagement / Empowerment. ANA performed with distinction in all categories.