An inclusive world is one where everyone is welcome and finds belonging.
That is why our approach to inclusion is comprehensive and encompasses all perspectives, across races, ages, abilities, genders, sexual orientations, gender identities, backgrounds and cultures.
Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.
- Martin Luther King Jr.
We believe a comprehensive approach to diversity and inclusion best practices is the gold standard. Anything less leads to inequity and continued fragmentation in the community.
How does an inclusive workplace look like?
The Inclusive Business Pledge defines inclusive companies as those whose places of business are safe, accessible and welcoming of all employees and customers regardless of age, race, gender, disability, medical history, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or cultural background.
The essential starting point for all-inclusive companies is pledging the following commitments:
Providing safeguards against harassment at the place of business.
Upholding protection from discrimination at the place of business.
Providing accommodations that enable people of diverse needs to access their place of business with dignity.
We believe that everyone should have the right to show up at work as their authentic selves everyday.
What if a company is not 100% inclusive?
From our conversations with the local business community, we acknowledge that diversity and inclusion best practices is rarely easy to implement. For example, businesses in heritage-listed shophouses are sometimes unable to install wheelchair accessible entrances or restrooms. For other business owners, the decision in making structural changes is out of their hands because the landlord has the final say.
Whatever the situation, we assure companies that being inclusive is a journey and very few companies are perfect. As a starting point, we urge companies to share the facts about their place of business. By doing so, would-be employees and visitors (such as yourself!) know what to expect on arrival.
Ultimately we encourage business leaders to always strive for improvement and invest in the soft skills that ultimately make people feel welcome at their company regardless of the building structure. An example would be Ah Wee from Tong Ah Eating House, who welcomed customers in wheelchairs despite not having a ramp access on his premises.
How can YOU start your journey as an inclusive company?
Even if your company if not 100% inclusive, the Inclusive Business Pledge programme aims to provide businesses with the tools and resources to tackle these challenges. Get started by pledging to the Inclusive Business Pledge now!