Diversity in the Workplace: Benefits, Challenges and Solutions

4 Jul 2017 – According to McKinsey, the most ethnically and gender-diverse companies outperform the least diverse. Diverse and inclusive teams are smarter, more creative, and make better decisions. Fostering an inclusive culture will boost your bottom line. Businesses with high inclusive engagement have an operating profit almost three times higher (27%) than those that don’t.

At this Breakfast Talk, members had the opportunity to learn more about the best practices of three major French MNCs that have adopted diversity policies in their companies.

Mrs Rae Amarullah is Director in Global Supply Chain Planning, managing upstream and data analytics & reporting with Schneider Electric. In addition, she is the co-lead of the WiSE D&I pillar (Women in Schneider Electric of the Diversity & Inclusion) for Singapore.

Prior to Schneider, Rae was at Dell for 14 years where she was a diversity champion throughout her career, from a board member for Asian Networking Group in US Chapter to building the Women’s Network in Canada and Singapore.

She is a change agent with a passion for learning and continuously finding improved efficient efforts by having the right tools/processes and great collaboration of all countries for a massive global organisation.

Rae talked about Schneider Electric’s Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) journey, the learnings for shaping the future on policy etc. She also shared on the Women’s Network WiSE (Women in Schneider Electric), its pillars geared toward fostering development and inclusion through the exchange of knowledge and experiences and providing exposure and leadership opportunities.

Mr Aurélien Sonet joined Sodexo in 2000 as Controller for the countries of Eastern Europe, Russia and India for the Benefits and Rewards services. In 2002, he became CFO for the Europe and Asia zone of Benefits and Rewards services before being promoted two years later to the position of Global Vice President of Strategic Planning, Marketing and Communications. In 2007, he was appointed CEO of France for Benefits and Rewards services with the mission to support the Group’s ambition to become the global leader in this activity. Then, he became Group Executive Vice President for Strategy, Brand and Communication and was nominated to the Group Executive Committee. In 2013, he moved to Singapore to grow Sodexo’s presence in Asia Pacific and was appointed as the Region Chairman for Asia Pacific in 2015.

Mrs Christine Rumble, Chief Talent and Culture Officer Asia Pacific, AccorHotels. In charge of the human resource function for Asia Pacific, Christine’s focus is on developing local talent to lead hotel teams in order to meet the rapid growth of hospitality in the region. Christine has been a member of the AccorHotels family for over 25 years. She moved to Singapore in 2011 as Director of Academie AccorHotels Asia Pacific and was subsequently promoted to VP Learning and Talent Development – Asia Pacific. In January 2017, she took up the position as Chief Talent and Culture Officer.

Christine talked about the multiple-pronged approach in establishing a culture where gender diversity is part of the talent management process in an industry with gender challenges in Asia.

The three presentations were followed by a panel discussion moderated by Ms Joanna Tan, Regional Training Leader, Scor Asia Pacific.

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