Sansiri’s top management from all departments were represented at the ceremony to sign the UN Global LGBTI Standards of Conduct for Business agreement, which took place at Sansiri’s new headquarters, known as Siri Campus, on Sukhumvit Soi 77.
The UN Standards of Conduct for Business, developed by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, promotes five business principles that Sansiri is committed to implement in the workplace, marketplace and community.
- Respect the human rights of LGBTI people in all operations and business relationships
- Eliminate discrimination against LGBTI employees in the workplace
- Provide support for LGBTI employees by providing a positive, affirmative environment that promotes dignity.
- Prevent other human rights violations arising from discrimination against LGBTI suppliers, distributors, customers or other business partners.
- Act in the public sphere. This can include public advocacy, collective action, social dialogue, or financial and in-kind support for organisations advancing LGBTI rights.
“Sansiri is proud to be backing the UN Standards of Conduct. A sound corporate culture should include respect for human rights and eliminating workplace discrimination. We believe in people’s equal rights and opportunities. By adopting a gender diversity and inclusivity policy, Sansiri communicates our messages to all groups of people, and all of them are part of our family. From a recruitment point of view, we have always wanted to have the best people on board at Sansiri. If we don’t take into account different pools of talent and advocate equality and inclusivity, then we are not going to offer the best properties and services to our clients. We need to reach out as much as possible to make Sansiri a truly inclusive organization,” says Mr. Srettha Thavisin, President of Sansiri Plc.
“Gender equality and inclusivity is also a worthwhile business imperative, with studies showing that LGBTI inclusive workplaces perform better financially, do better than companies that do not adopt LGBTI inclusive practices, attract customers who care about equality, and find it easier to attract and retain talent. Employees, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, express greater job satisfaction at companies where these practices are in place”, said Thavisin.
“At Sansiri, all employees are protected from gender discrimination in the workplace thanks to an ongoing training programs and practices on diversity and inclusion for the company’s employees, managerial staff, including sales staff and on-site personnel. The training introduces equal opportunity and non-discriminatory practices to be applied to all levels of engagements with customers, partners, third-party suppliers, vendors and stakeholders”, said Thavisin
Sansiri’s LGBTI Pride campaign aims to promote gender awareness and advocacy. For the entire month of pride, Sansiri will be adding the vivid color scheme of the LGBTI rainbow flag to the company’s iconic navy-blue logo, as well as online activities and social media campaigns for awareness in all its online and digital communications internally and externally. An online sign-up will also be sent out to all 4,000 staff for their commitment to eliminate discrimination towards LGBTI people.
At the company’s headquarters, Siri Campus, as well as Sansiri properties across Bangkok, at THE LINE Phahonyothin Park, Siri Place Ratchapruk-346 and Kawa HAUS, the rainbow theme, in June, will brighten Bangkok with vibrant art installation murals inviting all to engage in the campaign by taking a signature selfie, hash tagging, #SansiriPride. Face masks adorned with the LGBTI Pride’s rainbow stripes will also be worn by staff and distributed to the public while supplies last.
“Sansiri Backyard at T77 is a co-growing community for sustainable urban living on 15-rai of land with organic fruits and vegetables that inspires people to improve their quality of life and well-being. During the month of Pride, visitors can harvest and take-home fruits and vegetables, with some in the colors of the rainbow for their loved ones. Upon entry to the garden, the public will be greeted with a sustainably themed art installation, “There’s always a rainbow at the end of every rain”, designed using organic and genderless materials such as fabrics with natural dyes. Hoping to inspire and give strength to people to get through this together and there is always a light and a rainbow at the end of the storm”, said Thavisin
As Sansiri has been a pioneer to apply the UN Standards of Conduct to its corporate life, establishing a safe, comfortable, inclusive workplace – it has taken a further initiative to introduce its gender neutral restrooms at on the ground floor of all its building at Siri Campus, which can be accessed by all regardless of a person’s gender identity, in an attempt to remove any vestiges of the social stigma once attached to gender issues.
Most importantly, as part of its commitment for equality, Sansiri is making home ownership and starting a family more accessible to LGBTI customers by partnering with Siam Commercial Bank (SCB), Kasikornbank (KBank), Government Savings Bank (GSB) and United Overseas Bank (UOB). The partnership helps pave the way for LGBTI couples to be able to secure a joint home mortgage loan for their new home more conveniently. Additionally, Sansiri is making it financially easier for LGBTI couples to own their own home during these tough times by paying their monthly mortgage payments for the first 24 months.
“Sansiri is always at the forefront of providing everyone in its ‘family’, that consists of its employees, customers, partners and community with the best in quality, services and respect. By signing the commitment to adopt the UN Standards of Conduct for Business, we are also making a pledge in providing equal and fair treatment for all, and further eliminating discrimination and harassment on LGBTI people, working everyday bettering our communities”, stated Thavisin.
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