Singapore: Top five among employee-inclusive countries

SINGAPORE: The country placed fifth in a study that examined employee inclusion among almost 150 companies, across nine Asia-Pacific nations. It was the lead representative from the Southeast Asia region.

The other Top Five countries were Australia (the region’s best performer), Japan, India, and Hong Kong.

In Singapore, the survey recognised DBS Bank as the top-ranking organisation in the country in terms of its diversity, equality, and inclusion efforts. Other Singaporean companies within the top five were Capitaland, Flex, Singtel, and UOB.

Ng Yingyuan, Chief Operating Officer, Group HR with the bank said, “At DBS, we believe that embracing diversity and inclusion is important to enable us to attract the best people, build the best teams and produce the best work.

"Our flexible work policies are designed to empower employees with changing needs depending on life stages and personal circumstances, and who are increasingly looking to reprioritise their time.”

The report, named Top APAC Companies Leading The Way In Inclusivity 2022 Research Study, was an initiative of Equality Group, with the support of Equilibrium, a FiscalNote company. It looked at leading organisations in Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand to analyse inclusion policies in the finance, technology, real estate, communications, and manufacturing industries.

Equality Group’s head of research, Keon West, said the results were less surprising than they might initially seem. “Singapore did come behind Japan, India, and Hong Kong, but the difference between those four countries was never bigger than five or six percentage points,” he said.

“This suggests that they are very much the same as each other and that the raw means for each country might have produced a slightly different order if a different group of companies had been chosen.”

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