D&I Panel Discussion in Bangkok

German-Thai Chamber of Commerce invites Bangkok's business community to discuss diversity

Bangkok, 25 June 2019 - Diversity & Inclusion is a global topic. To celebrate Pride Month, the German-Thai Chamber of Commerce invited guests from the business community in Bangkok to discuss diversity in Thailand. BAMIK's director Wolfgang Jockusch facilitated the panel discussion at the SO Sofitel. The panelists represented a broad spectrum of sectors and international perspectives.

Stuart Reid (PRTR), Pattama Wisetsutthichai (Boehringer Ingelheim), Wolfgang Jockusch (BAMIK), Waranon Vanichprapa (Baker & McKenzie) and Jean-Francois Brun (Accor / SO Sofitel) discussed the state of play if D&I in Thailand (Photo courtesy of German-Thai Chamber of Commerce).
Waranon Vanichprapa, a lawyer with Baker & McKenzie, provided a legal overview of current anti-discrimination legislation in Thailand. While the Gender Equality Act is already in place, the current challenges lie in applying and enforcing the law.

As in other parts of the world, legal aspects create more of an extrinsic motivation to engage in D&I, whereas businesses are increasingly discovering for themselves the opportunies of a diverse workforce. Stuart Reid, who works in executive search for one of Thailand's leading recuitment agencies (PRTR), observes an increasing awareness of D&I in the recruitment process. However, this is a gradual process and differences exist between international companies operating in Thailand and local Thai companies.

The German pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim is one such international company. Their chief human resource officer for Thailand, Pattama Wisetsutthichai, shared the company's approach. While one focus is to promote female leadership, they also aim to be holistic and embrace all areas of diversity in ther organziational culture. D&I has also become a permanent part of their leadership development.

The event was hosted at the SO Sofitel. General Manager Jean-Francois Brun observes that applying the Accor group's diversity principles is relatively easy in Thailand. While the French hotel chain addresses many issues of diversity in its RIISE program, it seems that Thai culture is already more inclusive. It is important, though, that the leadership of any organization leads the way to embrace all people regardless of their background.


Our D&I event in June: In collaboration with German-Thai Chamber of Commerce, BAMIK’s Wolfgang Jockusch facilitated a panel discussion about the state of play of Diversity & Inclusion in Thailand. Panelists Stuart Reid (PRTR), Pattama Wisetsutthichai (Boehringer Ingelheim), Waranon Vanichprapa (Baker & McKenzie) and Jean-Francois Brun (Accor/Sofitel) represented a broad spectrum of sectors and shared their perspectives on D&I and how it is applied in Thailand. #germanthaichamberofcommerce #germanthai #chamberofcommerce #diversity #inclusion #diversityandinclusion #boehringer #boehringeringelheim #prtr #consulting #humanresources #hr #hotel #accor #sofitel #sofitelbangkok #bangkok #thailand #bakermckenzie #law #antidiscrimination #lgbt #pridemonth #networking #paneldiscussion #pride #vielfalt #chartader @sosofitelbangkok @accorhotels @bakermckenzielaw @boehringer_ingelheim

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