1,000 people show up to support fair and inclusive workplaces
In spite of the pouring rain, more than 1,000 participants – including 62 organisations – turned up on November 18 for this year’s Big Walk in Singapore, in support of fair and inclusive workplaces.
The actual walk was cancelled due to the inclement weather, but some participants stuck around despite the cancellation, as they decided to do their own walks around indoor track at the Sports Hub’s 100Plus Promendade.
The theme for this year’s walk was ‘Agile Workforce, Better Workplaces’.
The Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP) brought together staff, partner representatives, industry stakeholders, as well as Tripartite Alliance Award winners and their employees, to form a Tripartite Alliance contingent.
“We are very excited to see so many employers, including our Tripartite Alliance Award winners, Human Capital partners, Tripartite Standards’ adopters, and industry partners that we have worked with over the years, walking the talk with us,” said Roslyn Ten, General Manager of TAFEP.
“Although these companies come from different industries and sizes, they all believe in putting in place good employment practices and are committed to help their people reach their fullest potential.”
“Through this show of solidarity and support, we are sending a clear message of inclusion at the workplace, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, marital status, family responsibilities, or disability, and celebrating our workers’ contributions,” Ten added.
Participants also learnt more about the importance of building progressive and responsible workplaces at the carnival games and activities located at the TAFEP’s sponsor booths, including Osim and 100Plus.
Additionally, more than 9,000 participants reportedly pledged to make their first step towards the Fair@Work Promise to combat workplace discrimination, and to see people for their abilities, going beyond stereotypes or biases.
“This shows that people recognise the importance of being inclusive, and seeing everyone for their value and ability. Employers can do their part too, by adopting an inclusive mindset and addressing employee needs to create an inclusive and supportive work culture, driving organisational success,” said Douglas Foo, Co-chairperson of TAFEP.