Hokkaido Shinbun 2017/09/26

On September 25, Sapporo City announced that in an ongoing effort to create LGBT-friendly workplaces, the city will introduce an “LGBT Friendliness Index” system beginning in October.

Companies will be evaluated according to 7 metrics, such as established anti-discrimination policies or if a company has extended its welfare program to include same-sex partners of employees. Each company will then be given a star ranking and a certificate indicating this recognition. According to the city, Sapporo is the first municipality in the country to introduce such a system.

(Editors Note: Work With Pride, a private organization, created a Pride Index in 2016 that evaluates national corporations.)

In June of this year, the city began recognizing same-sex couples, implementing a “Partnership Oath System”. The “LGBT Friendliness Index” system has been introduced as another measure to foster a deeper understanding of sexual minorities.

 Satisfying at Least 5 Metrics Grants a 3 Star Rating

Other metrics include if a company maintains consultation services or if it has introduced measures that create a favorable environment for LGBT employees and customers.

A company can register as an “LGBT-friendly corporation” if it satisfies at least 1 of the 7 metrics, and it will be assigned a rank of 1 to 3 stars according to the number of metrics it fulfills. Satisfying 5 or more metrics grants a 3-star rating.

Companies will be issued a certificate, and the name of the company and information about the company’s efforts to support LGBT individuals will be displayed on a city website.

The index is intended for local businesses, corporate branch offices, medical institutions, universities, and other such enterprises located in Sapporo City.

Applications will be accepted beginning October 2.

Source – https://www.hokkaido-np.co.jp/article/134532