- 45% of respondents agree that Asia-Pacific will eventually
embrace marriage equality, versus 31% who disagree
- Three in four respondents believe the overall
climate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in Asia-Pacific
is more open now than three years ago
- Yet companies need to do more to protect LGBT staff
in countries lagging behind on LGBT rights, executives say
HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 29 May 2019 - With Taiwan becoming
the first Asian jurisdiction to legalise same-sex marriage this month, new
research by The EIU shows that the march of LGBT equality is likely to continue.
The report, Pride and Prejudice: Assessing Progress in Asia-Pacific, supported by
Barclays, is based on a survey of 1,901 people around the world, including 339
from 21 Asian countries or territories. It includes sentiment surrounding LGBT
rights in both broader society and the business community.
While progress in Asian companies may not be as rapid as in the Western
world, positive changes are occurring. Compared with results from similar surveys
conducted in 2015 and 2016, the share of Asia-Pacific executives who believe
there are prominent LGBT advocates in their companies increased by six
percentage points. Those who believe there is a return on investment (ROI) to
LGBT-progress-raising measures grew by ten percentage points. And those who
would like their firms to increase funding for LGBT diversity and inclusion shot
up by 11 percentage points.
are prominent LGBT advocates in my company (2015 v 2019)
is a potential ROI/business opportunity in enacting LGBT-friendly workplace
policies and practices (2016 v 2019)
would like to see my company investing more in advancing progress in sexual
orientation and gender identity diversity in the workplace (2015 v 2019)
In broader society, the prospect of same-sex marriage taking hold in
Asia-Pacific is growing alongside deeper acceptance of LGBT people. Among those
who believe the overall climate for LGBT rights in their country over the past
three years has become more open, the top reason cited was change in policies
and laws relating to LGBT people (38%), followed by coverage of LGBT issues in mainstream
media (36%). Yet significant hurdles remain: the top reason cited by those who
believe the climate for LGBT people in Asia-Pacific has become less open over
the past three years was anti-LGBT advocacy by religious institutions,
highlighting the need for greater appreciation of individual civil liberties
among Asian social institutions.
Michael Gold, editor of the research, said: "These findings reinforce
Asia's forward momentum on LGBT rights in light of Taiwan's historic legalisation
of marriage equality. More action needs to be taken to move the needle for LGBT
people in countries across the continent. Businesses have a crucial role to
play, alongside governments, courts, civil society and the general public."
About the research
Pride and Prejudice: Assessing Progress in Asia-Pacific is based on the fourth year of a global survey of
attitudes surrounding LGBT rights. The panel consists of regular Economist readers who agree to
participate in research panels; non-executives were included in order to present
a broader swath of views. Only full-time employees answered questions relating
to corporate diversity; all respondents answered questions relating to LGBT
rights in broader society. Visit the Pride and
Prejudice website for the full report and join
the discussion at #EconPride.
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