Equality and non-discrimination are core human rights principles. However, LGBTQI people are still experiencing exclusion in various areas including health services, education, and employment.
Inclusion in workplaces can happen at the levels of polices, practices, and safe spaces.
As part of APCOM’s Finance Inc project where APCOM and our country partners in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR and the Philippines, we partnered with SPECTRUM to develop an advocacy video which aimed to illustrate how some businesses are doing inclusion and diversity.
‘Increasing evidence point to diverse and inclusive workplaces as contributing both to the goals of equality and non-discrimination and as a good business practice. Inclusive workplaces contribute to employees’ well-being, performance, and attracting and retaining talents. Vulnerabilities and exclusion based on SOGIESC has been compounded with COVID19. Inclusive workplaces can definitely contribute to this year’s Human Rights Day theme of Recover Better – Stand Up for Human Rights.’according to APCOM Executive Director, Midnight Poonkasetwattana
While the cases included in the video are experiences in Thailand, it is our hope that this contributes to more reflection at the private sector on how to be more inclusive.
Inclusive and diverse workplaces can contribute to our collective goal of ‘leaving no one behind.’
We would like to express our gratitude to the companies who agreed to shared their experiences in diversity and inclusion. We would also like to thank the individuals who bravely shared their experiences, thoughts and insights.
The video was shown during the diversity and inclusion panels Perspectives, Experiences and Possibilities: Towards an inclusive private sector in Asia and the Pacific which was part of the APCOM Community Summit 2020.