Staff Reporters
Jun 8, 2021

Companies in Asia lag on LGBTQIA+ inclusion: research

Only 16% of self-identified LGBTQIA+ people in Hong Kong are 'out' at work, while 61% in the Philippines feel comfortable being their true selves, according to a survey by AXA Asia.


A new study commissioned by AXA Asia reveals that domestic companies in Hong Kong and Philippines trail behind their multinational counterparts when it comes to properly educating the workforce about LGBTQIA+ inclusion.

Meanwhile, nearly half of respondents indicated they’d be less willing to stay in a company that lacks proper education on inclusion and diversity.

The study was conducted using an online questionnaire involving select groups of self-identifying LGBTQIA+ members in the Hong Kong SAR and the Philippines. The opinions of five leading LGBTQIA+ influencers in Japan and Thailand were also incorporated to provide a rounded viewpoint on progress on relevant issues over the past 12 months.

The gap between the above figures and where employees expect their employers to be is a signficant one:

The survey revealed large differences between attitudes in Hong Kong and the Philippines.

While 61% of respondents in the Philippines made their sexual orientation public at work, in Hong Kong only 16% are ‘out’ to all of their colleagues.

Nearly one in five respondents (18%) in Hong Kong stated that no one at their workplace is aware of their sexual orientation.

Nearly a third of respondents (31%) in Hong Kong feel that being identified as LGBTQIA+ impacts their prospects and development. In the Philippines, the opposite is true, with respondents saying that being their true selves helps their careers in terms of their perceived ability/performance (64%) and relationships with colleagues (63%).

Unsurprisingly, so-called "harmless" jokes and comments are not harmless at all, and this is one area where employers could help educate their employees and make policies more clear:

Finally, the report found that working from home may have helped people to feel like they could be more like themselves at work:


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