Special Feature: Diversity & Inclusion
We believe that it is by ensuring a culture takes root in which individuals with diverse perspectives and values respect and accept each other and are able to speak up and act without fear that an organization can excel as a team and generate innovation.
We think that the keywords for building such an organization are “Diversity & Inclusion.” “Diversity & Inclusion” means respecting, embracing and capitalizing on each individual’s uniqueness without regard to factors such as gender, age, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, race, nationality, religion, culture, creed, and lifestyle.
By promoting “Diversity & Inclusion,” we will continue to be the “Firm of Choice” for all clients and all our members.
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▼Diversity & Inclusion Policy ▼Initiatives to Promote Diversity & Inclusion
▼Enabling realization of work styles suited to various lifestyles
▼Creation of an environment where everyone can be themselves regardless of sexuality
▼Workplace where anyone can cooperate with each other as a member of a team regardless of disability
▼Formation and maintenance of cultural diversity
Diversity & Inclusion Policy
We have adopted an MHM Diversity & Inclusion Policy and will make every effort to realize the world expressed in the Policy.
With a desire to realize the D&I value of “Open-Mindedness” even in the process of formulating the Policy itself, we shared ideas with a diverse group of members of our firm varying in years of experience, genders, career paths, and the like, and went through public comment procedures for all members of the firm to submit opinions. The Policy has reached its current form after being revised to reflect a wide range of opinions as a result of such open process.
Initiatives to Promote Diversity & Inclusion
We have established a Diversity Promotion Task Force and are undertaking various initiatives to build an organization where each person can perform to the best of their abilities, grow, take on new challenges, and play an active role.
The following examples are only a snapshot of our current initiatives. The form that “Diversity & Inclusion” should take will change according to changes in our organization and the times, and therefore we intend to continue to develop and deepen our initiatives going forward.
Enabling realization of work styles suited to various lifestyles
We think that it is important to enable various working styles to be realized that are suited to each type of lifestyle regardless of gender and in step with important life events.
We offer systems for members to take maternity leave, childcare leave and family care leave, and we recommend all members to take these proactively, and we also provide a variety of systems for shortened working hours that members are able to choose according to their individual situations such as during childcare or during family care, or according to their preferences. In addition to those systems, we have introduced a mentoring system for associate attorneys to consult on a daily basis about balancing childcare and work, and financial assistance for the use of childminding services. These systems have been used by not only female members but also male members, and we will continue to review and improve the systems based on opinions of members to make them better.
We received the “Family Friendly Award 2018” from the Daini Tokyo Bar Association for these initiatives. We will continue to foster an environment that enables members to work in ways suited to their lifestyles.
▼The “Family Friendly Award 2018” Trophy
Creation of an environment where everyone can be themselves
regardless of sexuality
Sexuality is diverse and differs from person to person. We aim to create an environment where it is considered as a natural thing to be different, and everyone can be themselves regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.
MHM has a SOGI study group within the firm that holds periodic meetings, has carried out awareness campaigns during Pride Month, and in February 2019 endorsed the Viewpoint issued by the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) supporting marriage equality in Japan. This endorsement was the first of its kind by a Japan headquartered law firm and received coverage by the media. Many members of the firm have participated in the activities of the Lawyers for LGBT & Allies Network since it was established, and we provide cooperation for its various projects.
MHM has been highly commended for these initiatives, and in 2020 was selected as a shortlist candidate in the Financial Times Asia Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards, receiving a particularly high commendation.
▼An internal LGBT Study Group at the firm
Workplace where anyone can cooperate with each other as a member of a team regardless of disability
We recognize the importance of inclusion and aim to create a workplace where anyone can be accepted and work together as a member of a team regardless of any disability.
Currently, members with disabilities play active roles cooperating with other members in various departments such as library-related work, office equipment management, and business card management, etc.
We will continue to make an effort from a long-term perspective to realize “Diversity & Inclusion” by hiring individuals with disabilities while also reviewing our operations continuously, creating job opportunities, and rethinking work models.
Formation and maintenance of cultural diversity
We aim to create an organization where people with a variety of cultural backgrounds can understand each culture and custom, and work together while maintaining diversity.
Currently, the firm has six offices located outside Japan, where people with a variety of cultural backgrounds work together, and many members working at our offices in Japan also have roots in other countries.
In light of this diversity, we prepare versions of internal rules, IT systems, and announcements into other languages besides Japanese. Also, we make opportunities to know and understand each other, for example by holding regional meetings attended by members from our offices in Japan and other countries, offering overseas training and secondment programs between our offices in Japan and other countries, and providing information on our internal website about our global offices and articles on the attorneys who work there.
We do not treat the customs or systems that we are used to as something universal, and we acknowledge the importance of mutual understanding of other cultures and customs and will continue to be aware of and persistently work at the challenges of achieving such mindset.
▼ASEAN Regional Meeting (held in Bangkok)
News Related to this Feature
- January 11, 2018：Firm receives the “Family Friendly Award 2018” from the Daini Tokyo Bar Association
- February 14, 2019：MHM endorses ACCJ’s support for marriage equality in Japan
- January 8, 2020：Firm Appeared on Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards: Asia Pacific 2020’s Shortlists
- July 21, 2020：Mori Hamada & Matsumoto has been shortlisted for the FT Innovative Lawyers Asia-Pacific Awards for 2020
- August 18, 2020：MHM was highly commended among shortlisted candidates in this year’s Financial Times Asia Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards
- February 5, 2021 : Firm Appeared on Chambers D&I Asia Pacific Awards 2021’s shortlists
- November 19, 2021 : Firm receives “Eruboshi” certification under the Act on Promotion of Female Participation and Advancement in the Workplace
- January 17,2022 : MHM developed a legal framework and provided legal assistance for NFT Art Charity Auctions held by Famiee that issues certificates verifying family relationships, including relationships between same-sex couples, utilizing blockchain technology
- February 3, 2022 : Firm listed in ALB Japan D&I List 2022
- June 1,2022 : Announcement on the beginning of MHM Pride 2022
- November 7, 2022 : Yoshikazu Abe became a lecturer on "LGBT Laws and Society," a WSC Contribution Course at Waseda University
- June 1,2023 : Announcement on the beginning of MHM Pride 2023
- August 4,2023：Report on MHM Pride 2023
- November 8, 2023：MHM awarded "Gold" in the PRIDE Index 2023
*Please note: Information is current as of the time of disclosure.