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Diversity and inclusion initiatives recognised at HeForShe Impact Awards

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At the HeForShe Impact Awards attended by Human Resources today, three individuals and one Singapore-based multinational walked away with awards in four categories – HeForShe@Work; HeForShe Leader; HeForShe Influencer; and HeForShe Everday Hero.

Organised by the Singapore Committee for UN Women and hosted by AccorHotels, the HeForShe Impact Awards recognises contributions in promoting gender equality and diversity initiatives.

The winners in each category were:

  • Salesforce in HeForShe@Work 
    Salesforce won for the strides it has made in addressing the gender pay gap; as well as its transparency on progress in implementing policies promoting gender diversity and inclusion.
  • Grant Coombe of Bloomberg LP in HeForShe Leader
    The sales manager, head global and Asia-Pacific key accounts/APAC FX sales strategy at Bloomberg LP was recognised for making a significant contribution to workplace policies that encourage diversity and inclusion.
  • Pranama Kondadi Moorthy of Credit Suisse in HeForShe Everday Hero
    Credit Suisse’s VP, global markets was awarded the HeForShe Everday Hero award, for his commitment to achieving financial literacy for foreign domestic workers (FDWs) in Singapore.
  • Kate Hegarty of Mastercard in HeForShe Influencer
    The director, communications at Mastercard took home the award for actively encouraging men to be part of the gender equality movement within her workplace and local community.

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Speaking about the awards, Trina Liang-Lin, president, Singapore Committee for UN Women said: “We hope that the persistence of these everyday individuals will inspire extraordinary change in our community.”

One of the highlights of the awards ceremony was a panel discussion with Mastercard and Hilton Worldwide – two of three firms who signed up as Singapore IMPACT Champions last year.

Last year, both firms made bold pledges to achieve within a year’s timeframe – these included unconscious bias training for all hiring managers; the implementation of flexible work initiatives; as well as policies to increase the female succession pool and female talent in senior management. They were joined on the panel by Lendlease.

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Event host, AccorHotels is also an active participant in the movement for gender equality, as one of the 10 Champion Corporations taking part in the HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 pilot initiative.

Speaking at the ceremony, Patrick Basset, AccorHotels COO for SE and NE Asia; and the group’s head of diversity and inclusion for Asia Pacific, said: “We believe that gender equality not only benefits the company, but the entire society. Through our HeForShe engagement, we want to act as a change maker that diffuses ethical and positive values among its employees, and thus among their families and communities.”

Basset revealed that AccorHotels is committed to achieve equity in gender representation and equal pay for women and men, across its 4,100 hotels and resorts globally.

“Our goal is to have 35% women hotel GMs by 2017 and to achieve 50% by 2020. So far globally we have reached 29% women GMs at the end of 2016. We still have some work to do – but we are determined to get there. We also aim to have 50,000 male AccorHotels employees act as HeForShe Champions by 2018.”

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Scroll through the gallery to check out photos of the winners:


Photos / Singapore Committee for UN Women 



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