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Going Beyond Good Intentions: Inclusive Hiring

Day 2 - 6th Oct | 12:40 - 13:30

Location: Sustainable Communities Theatre

People & Purpose

Overview

Sourcing candidates from a variety of backgrounds is naturally the first step to promoting greater diversity and inclusion within organisations. But it is often not enough. To promote inclusivity in the workplace, companies must also design and implement an equitable hiring process that prevents and addresses unconscious bias.

Learnings

  • What is unconscious bias in the context of recruitment?
  • Why thoughtful, inclusive hiring is not only the right thing to do, but also creates a massive competitive advantage for organisations.
  • What are some tactics and tips for reducing biases during recruitment, in order to build a more diverse, inclusive and equitable organisational culture? How should HR managers and recruiters write better job descriptions, career pages and inform interviewers? How do we track and measure our progress?
  • The importance of a sense of belonging and ensuring no one is left behind in retaining staff

Post Event Actions

  • Understand barriers that are faced by diverse candidates during the recruitment process.
  • Gain insights on quick wins and long-term actions that organisations can take to build a more inclusive hiring process, from job postings, seeking the right candidates to making hiring decisions.
  • Recognise that companies need to commit and have inclusive systems for hiring a diverse workforce, before proceeding on more aspirational aspects of DEI, such as gender and race equality.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Ajmal Samuel

Founding Chairman

OCTO3 Group Holdings Limited

Ajmal Samuel

Founding Chairman

OCTO3 Group Holdings Limited

Ajmal Victor Samuel is a Hong Kong based businessman and a Hong Kong national level athlete. He is the Founding Chairman of OCTO3 Group Holdings Limited, a Hong Kong headquartered financial technology and infrastructure provider that specializes in Payments and Clearing House Systems. Ajmal is also an extreme adventurer and a well-established endurance athlete. He has been actively involved in social and sports activism and advocating for disabled rights.

Jo Ledarney

Head of People & Performance

Colliers

Jo Ledarney

Head of People & Performance

Colliers

Jo Ledarney is a well-accomplished professional with extensive experience in Learning & Development and Talent Acquisition. She has lived and worked in major Asian cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong. As the Head of People & Performance, Jo has demonstrated her ability to lead a wide array of initiatives and has vast experience in spearheading projects to drive an inclusive and embracing company culture at Colliers Hong Kong.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

These are macroscopic ideas that I would like to see in Hong Kong:

  1. A top-down approach on reduction of plastic usage from the corporate level (e.g. supermarket).
  2. Various tax incentives for corporates to drive and champion different ESG initiatives.
  3. To educate and increase awareness among the future of our society, make ESG as a compulsory course or project for all high school and university students.

Jonathan Mok

Eco-system Builder (Research and Insights) / Social Justice Fellowship Alum

Dream Impact / Resolve Foundation

Jonathan Mok

Eco-system Builder (Research and Insights) / Social Justice Fellowship Alum

Dream Impact / Resolve Foundation

An alum of the Resolve Foundation Social Justice Fellowship Programme, Jonathan is committed to advocating neurodiversity. Jonathan previously shared in events including the United Kingdom’s Apolitical forum. Jonathan has served as one of the organizers of the Hong Kong Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Awareness Week since 2021 and is also affiliated with Mind HK.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

I wish our communities to embrace neurodiversity. The neurodivergent will have opportunities to pursue and excel in whatever they feel called to do.

Kirti Lad

Executive Director and Co Founder

Meraki Executive Search & Consulting

Kirti Lad

Executive Director and Co Founder

Meraki Executive Search & Consulting

Kirti is the pioneer behind the Women’s Directorship Programme, a joint-venture with HKU Business School, is an active member of the Women in Business Committee at BritCham and was named one of the Global Top 50 Diversity Professionals in Industry by the Economist Magazine.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

I am committed to help drive better gender parity on corporate boards and look forward to helping HK companies appoint more women onto their boards.

Sudesh Thevasenabathy

Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Asia

Manulife

Sudesh Thevasenabathy

Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Asia

Manulife

Sudesh is currently Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Asia at Manulife responsible for driving the DEI agenda across the region for employees and underrepresented communities. He is a multi award winner, notably the 2019 LGBT+ Hong Kong Ally Award by Community Business and was named 2019 Global Top 50 LGBT+ OUTstanding Role Model. He’s also Council member of the Jockey Club Sarah Roe School and Advisory Council member of SENsational Foundation. Sudesh is a true believer and advocate of diversity and inclusion in the workplace and with customers, and actively works and speaks in supporting inclusion of all forms be it disability, race, gender, sexuality and multi-generational employees.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

We must and shall finally achieve true equality and equity across all underrepresented communities, and everyone has a true sense of belonging. No one is left behind.

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