Pride Month 2023

June is Pride Month, a month dedicated to celebrating and bringing awareness to the LGBTQ+ community globally.

Nomura is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment where all our employees feel supported. We believe the diversity of our people is key to our competitive strengths and our success as a firm.

In 2019, Nomura became the first Japanese financial services firm to sign the United Nations Standards of Conduct for Business for tackling discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. Our Code of Conduct also expressly prohibits discrimination against people in the LGBTQ+ community.

We encourage greater understanding of the LGBTQ+ community through awareness initiatives at our offices globally, and we implement inclusive policies for all our people. Our voluntary employee networks also actively contribute to our DEI efforts.


Nomura has been a sponsor of Tokyo Rainbow Pride, the largest LGBTQ+ event in Japan, since 2015. This year we held workshops at our booth on being an ally and about 100 employees including senior management joined the centerpiece Pride Parade.

In 2022, we held exhibitions to promote LGBTQ+ awareness in Osaka, and at our Otemachi and Toyosu offices in Tokyo. We also recently created a life planning booklet for LGBTQ+ youth. Nomura has won the PRIDE Index*1 Gold award for seven consecutive years and has received the Rainbow award*2 for two years in a row.

*1 An evaluation index in Japan for LGBTQ+ activities in the workplace

*2 The Rainbow award recognizes gold award recipient companies that have implemented initiatives with collective impact.

Asia ex-Japan

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In AEJ, we have ensured that our policies and benefits are inclusive to LGBTQ+ employees, including an Employee Assistance Program that provides LGBTQ+ affirming and confidential counselling services. In recent years, we have placed particular focus on trans and non-binary inclusion, with efforts such as developing Transgender Guidelines, rolling out a gender pronouns campaign, and installing gender-neutral bathrooms.

Our regional Pride Network continues to actively support LGBTQ+ communities in the localities we operate in, raising over USD26,000 for community-based counseling agency Oogachaga in the past 12 months through employee-driven efforts such as a Valentine's Day fundraiser.


We achieved a Silver Award in relation to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index ranking. They acknowledged in particular that our campaigns and initiatives had a keen focus on allyship and intersectionality. Nomura attended student pride for the first time, which culminated in a careers fair for all university-level candidates who identify as LGBTQ+.

We continue to build upon our thought-leadership across our industry and beyond it through a variety of panel discussions. Examples include "Confident conversations for parents of LGBTQ+ young people" and insights into the highly topical issues around "Conversion Therapy".


In the Americas, we have been working continuously to foster a safe and equitable workplace to support employees from the LGBTQ+ community. We provide fertility benefits such as cryopreservation of egg and sperm, equivalent benefits for spouses and domestic partners and gender transition benefits. We have also introduced a Gender Neutral Restroom Policy, Gender Transition Guide and philanthropic guidelines.

For the last three consecutive years, Nomura Americas has achieved a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index and has been listed as one of the "Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality."

Powai (India)

Nomura Powai won the prestigious Gold Employer award in the India Workplace Equality Index (IWEI) 2022 for our commitment to fostering inclusion. We ensure that our policies are gender inclusive and provide equal insurance coverage for same-sex partners including covering gender reassignment surgery. We recently launched a Transgender Inclusion Policy and have installed gender-neutral bathrooms.

We continue to raise awareness and sensitization through classroom, e-learning programs, theatre and other educational campaigns. We have also launched a voluntary Self-Identification Program. For Pride month last year, we hosted a global roundtable discussion with our Pride network leaders called Pride Without Prejudice.

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