Tokyo 2020 receives Silver and Best Practice PRIDE Index awards

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The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee) is delighted to announce that it has received the Silver and Best Practice PRIDE Index awards in recognition of its workplace initiatives for LGBT and other sexual minorities.

Under the tagline “Know Differences, Show Differences”, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee is positioning Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) as an indispensable element of achieving the Tokyo 2020 Games Vision and the success of the Tokyo 2020 Games. Accordingly, D&I is being incorporated into all aspects of Games planning and operations.

The PRIDE Index is made up of the following elements – Policy, Representation, Inspiration, Development, Engagement/Empowerment – which are taken into account for evaluation purposes.

In the PRIDE Index element of Policy, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee was selected as the recipient of the Best Practice Award based on the its commitment to considering Human Rights, Labour and Fair Business Practices as specified in clause 2.4 of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Sustainability Plan Version 2, and its support for Human Rights as clearly defined in clause 4 (3) of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Sustainable Sourcing Code (second edition), Tokyo 2020 has stated in a write up on its official website.

The Organising Committee was also recognised for its efforts to conduct Diversity & Inclusion training sessions for all new staff, which include discussions on LGBT issues, as well as various initiatives aimed at further deepening the understanding of staff on related issues.

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The Award Ceremony was held on 11 October 2018, and included a discussion session on the theme ‘What Japanese society and Japanese corporations can do for the Tokyo 2020 Games’. Mikiko Yoshimura, Deputy Executive Director of the Organising Committee’s Administration Bureau and Senior Director of the Human Resources Department, acted as moderator.

Those taking part in the discussion session expressed views such as ‘We must make D&I an integral part of Japanese society by 2020 and beyond, and further promote the concept of diversity’, and ‘It is not enough for only individual companies to take initiatives. The whole of society must be involved in efforts to achieve a fully inclusive society.’

The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee advocates Diversity & Inclusion as one of the core concepts of its Tokyo 2020 Games Vision, and firmly believes that the Tokyo 2020 Games can serve as an event to promote deeper public understanding. The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will continue to work closely with Games sponsors and other related parties to promote deeper understanding of LGBT issues in the lead up to the Tokyo 2020 Games.

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