The Importance of Inclusive Business Pledges in Your Company

If your business currently has a limited cross-section of employees, coworkers, and customers because of your location or industry, now is the time to take action before you find yourself with a homogeneous team. Diversity in business benefits everyone by making teams more creative and productive. Inclusive work environments also drive employee retention, loyalty, and trust.

The survey conducted by Harvard Review found that 60% of workers in Singapore want their employer to be more inclusive. Employees feel respected and that they belong as a result of the Inclusive Business Pledge programme, which encourages employers to value their employees’ diverse perspectives, no matter who they are, how they look, their ages, or their backgrounds. When you sign the pledge, you promise to: Protect your employees from discrimination, harassment, and accommodating to their diverse needs and abilities. The pledge programme includes four badges: the Pledge Badge, the Silver, Gold, and Platinum badges.

In addition to the Pledge Badge, you can receive Silver, Gold, and Platinum badges if you take the self-assessment and follow the Implementation Roadmap. The GDEIB frameworks are used to create self-assessment and implementation roadmaps that help you achieve DEI. Localised content includes webinars, case studies, and guidebooks to support your organisation’s DEI journey at https://www.inclusivebusinesspledge.asia/. We will reach underrepresented talent in the region with the Inclusive Careers Lab each month.

We will also reach women, persons with disabilities, and other individuals who are underrepresented by providing a variety of activities and activities. Our track record since 2018 is based on industry best practice, research in Australia, Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, the U.K., and the U.S., as well as homegrown in Asia. The program is tailored to the cultural and business climate of Asia, a region where Singtel’s Futuremakers social enterprise incubator assisted with its creation. Leading inclusive brands like 99.co, Airbnb, Google, HSBC, Johnson & Johnson, and Visa have all committed to the initiative.

Through the self-assessment tool, leaders and employees can anonymously assess the organisation’s inclusion journey and identify its weak spots. An inclusive business is one where all employees feel like they belong and are given the support and
opportunities they need to succeed. An inclusive business is one where customers and communities are treated with respect and are valued for what they bring to the table. An inclusive business is one that engages with suppliers in a mutually beneficial way that respects people and ecosystems alike.

Businesses have the ability to make a real difference in the lives of the people they employ, their customers, and the communities in which they operate. The first step to do so is to take an honest look at the state of affairs and identify areas for improvement. Many companies have already done so, and want to go even farther in their efforts to create truly inclusive environments.

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