CEO Message; Act for Human Progress by protecting what matters
Finally, this year, in 2021, AXA Japan will join the Tokyo Rainbow Pride as a Sponsor for the first time since the company started to participate in the parade in 2017. It is great pleasure for me, as well as something to be proud of for all AXA Japan employees, to actively promote Inclusion & Diversity, and in particular, to expand the support for LGBTQ+.
I am supporting and participating various social activities, in addition to my full time job as management, with a broad direction to realize "A society where everyone has a place, an equal opportunity, and can live a life with mental, physical, and social health. "Therefore, I want to build places where men, women and LGBTQ+, elderly and young people, children, people with disabilities, Japanese and non-Japanese can all naturally blend in communities and in companies.
I started my activity as a LGBTQ+ ally seven years ago, because I thought LGBTQ+ was neglected with too few supporters due to its nature of "invisible minority. " I made my step by making a declaration to support. Since then, I learned a lot from LGBTQ+ people and expanded my network, which gave me various opportunities to make my opinion heard, which were "Close-up Gendai+" on the NHK, Japan’s national TV network, and an internet live video program "Huff Live" by the Huff Post. This year, thanks to the kind recommendation by the AXA Pride Japan, an employee group comprised of LGBTQ+ and allies, I was selected as No.3 in a global survey by INvolve, a British organization, "The OUTstanding Top 50 LGBT+ Ally Executives in 2020" , which was a great honor to me. With this strong encouragement, I continue my activities to realize more inclusive workplace and society. Please join us, AXA Japan, aiming for better society where everyone can realize true oneself!
I heard the word of "LGBT" seven years ago. At that time, I was participating in a forum promoting Inclusion & Diversity of the AXA Group as a representative of Japan, and I heard about it there. The action taken by AXA's US subsidiary to the LGBT community was introduced as a best practice. I honestly thought it was too early in Japan. I remember that not only I but the Frenchman who was the chair responded in the same way. I understand the meaning, but it's still early to do something here. However, France's response after that was quick. The word LGBT itself became popular in Japan, but what about the response?
What is the Noble Mission of a life insurance company? I think that when you or someone close to you suffers from an illness or an unfortunate accident, we insurance company should pay insurance benefits and provide financial support, and therefore, you can take out future anxieties and provide peace of mind.
As a pioneer of the direct business of the life insurance industry, we have a simple procedure under the vision of "Becoming the best insurance company that can provide uninterrupted services to our customers".
We pride ourselves on being a company that can quickly pay insurance claims in the event of an emergency.
We will strive to further improve our services so that we can meet the needs of all our customers, including LGBTQ, who need peace of mind. We also promise to realize a company and society where customers, employees and society as a whole can live with peace of mind without being exposed to discrimination or prejudice.
AXA’s commitment worldwide, as a global company, is to promote Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) by creating a work environment where all employees are treated with dignity and respect and where individual differences are valued.
As part of AXA, AXA Direct Japan is also continuously working on various Inclusion and Diversity initiatives.
We are committed to equal opportunity in all aspects of employment and prohibit unfair treatment or any form of discrimination.
As a part of our effort to create a workplace where LGBTQ people can work comfortably, we have included same-sex marriage in the definition of marriage in our employment regulations and introduced a system that allows sexual minority couples to take childcare leave and congratulatory or condolence leave. We are also continuously working to create an environment that allows employees to be themselves regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity by allowing them to work under a common name.
As a bottom-up initiative, the Ally Association, an association of LGBTQ people and their supporters sponsored by the top management, is working to create a workplace where LGBTQ people can work comfortably and to deepen understanding of sexual minorities. In recognition of our efforts, AXA Direct Japan has been awarded the highest rank of "Gold" for three consecutive years since 2018 in the "PRIDE Index," an index of corporate LGBT initiatives established by work with Pride. In addition, in 2020, we were selected as one of the "100 New Diversity Management Companies" (commended by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry). We should not be complacent with the status quo, and we shall continue all our efforts to make a difference in society and realize a better future. As CEO, I am committed to advance the inclusion and diversity of our company by bringing together the diverse and innovative thinking of our people to create a company that meets the needs of our customers with cutting-edge digital technology.
Moving forward, AXA Direct Japan will continue to strengthen our partnership with Tokyo Rainbow Pride together with AXA Life Insurance and AXA Direct Life Insurance as ONE AXA. We are proud to be sponsors of Tokyo Rainbow Pride, and we will do our best to contribute to the success of the event.