Four in ten Asian executives say being openly LGBT would hinder one’s career, according to new EIU research

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HONG
KONG SAR – Media OutReach –
7 December 2020 – Asia is the new global battleground for lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. Our recent study, Pride
and Prejudice: The next chapter of progress
, sponsored by Manulife, Barclays and Nomura, captures the
opinions of 359 full-time employees at companies across seven economies–China,
Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan–via a survey. It
reveals advances for LGBT inclusion in Asia’s business community, despite a
conservative “groupthink” mentality that remains widespread.

While
companies in the West have played a vocal role in advancing LGBT rights over
the past several years, companies in Asia stand at a crossroads. Whereas just
over 60% of Indian respondents believe there has been substantial or major progress
when it comes to diversity and inclusion for LGBT people in their firms, half
of respondents from Indonesia, Hong Kong, and Japan believe no or little
progress has been made. These contradictions call for a brighter spotlight on
how Asian companies can foster LGBT acceptance, given the concerns around
disclosing one’s sexual orientation/gender identity in the workplace.

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Four in ten Asian executives say being openly LGBT would hinder one’s career, according to new EIU research

Asia’s
two dominant powers, India and China, have positioned themselves as regional
leaders on LGBT acceptance in many questions in our study. As their
geopolitical influence grows, their corporate views are becoming more aligned
with that of their employees, a young, dynamic cohort for whom promoting LGBT
rights is more a priority than for their seniors. As China and India move towards
embracing LGBT diversity and inclusion, they shape a trend to be followed by
the rest of Asia.

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The
full report is available for download here.

About Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice
is The Economist Group’s multi-year initiative focused on advancing progress
for the LGBT community, in both work and broader society. It encompasses
events, original reporting, outreach campaigns and research. Manulife is the
gold sponsor and Barclays and Nomura the silver sponsors of this year’s
research.

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