In the Asia Pacific region’s competitive labor market, diversity and inclusion practices are becoming more important in attracting and retaining a strong workforce and in differentiating one employer from another. Mercer interviewed 31 companies and surveyed another 355 across 11 Asia Pacific markets to get a closer look at current and emerging diversity and inclusion practices.
“A majority of organizations in Asia Pacific also see their diversity strategies as enabling them to better meet the needs of diverse customers,” says Bianca Stringuini, Human Capital Consultant at Mercer. “In this sense, HR professionals should leverage their diversity and inclusion strategies to be stronger partners to the business and create an employee base that can better serve changing consumer segments.”
Cultural awareness is a leadership characteristic that organizations in Asia Pacific increasingly are looking for, she notes, especially as more Asian companies globalize, seeking to attract and integrate international talent into their workforces. Asian talent also is becoming more mobile within the region. According to Mercer’s research, this trend is having the greatest impact on existing hubs for international talent – such as Singapore, Hong Kong and China – as well as in newly opened markets like Vietnam and Thailand.
Learn about diversity and inclusion trends in Asia Pacific.
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