Japan’s Inpex has been awarded silver certification in the 2020 PRIDE Index sponsored by “work with Pride,” a Japan-based voluntary organisation promoting diversity management concerning LGBTQ acceptance at the workplace.

This is the second consecutive year that Inpex has been awarded this certification that was established in 2016 as the first initiative in Japan to recognise companies for their support of employees from sexual minorities.

Inpex was commended for an LGBT awareness-building programme the company has regularly implemented since 2017, as well as a network of Inpex LGBT allies that has promoted internal and external communications to exchange insights on LGBT support.

The Japanese company said it is currently working on new measures to ensure that employees in same-sex partnerships and their children are able to officially access corporate welfare benefits.

“Inpex will continue to promote pro-LGBT initiatives to create a workplace that offers equal opportunities for sexual minorities and foster a corporate culture that respects diversity,” the company said.

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Japan has some of the most progressive LGBT rights in Asia. However, same-sex marriage is not yet allowed on home soil and such couples are not afforded the same legal protections as heterosexual couples.