D&I Panel Discussion in Bangkok
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.