One of our themes is empowering people with disability across Asia and we’ve partnered with a number of organisations focusing on social inclusion. In this region alone there are 370 million disabled people and it’s estimated that they are 80% less likely to get a job compared to anyone else. To address this, we’re concentrating our efforts on helping those who are most vulnerable, ensuring they too have access to opportunities and can live lives that are independent, and empowered.
We recently committed US$2.25 million with our new partners Special Olympics and Humanity & Inclusion and that’s just the start – and we expect this to grow, just as we are growing.
Here are three of our partners in the region…
Together, we’re expanding Special Olympics’ Unified Schools and Athlete Leadership programmes across Asia to encourage inclusion and create opportunities for those with intellectual disabilities.
Together we’re working to empower young people with disabilities in the Philippines and Indonesia by helping them secure independence through sustainable employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.
Together we’re providing transitional support to school leavers with autism and intellectual disabilities in Hong Kong through training and therapeutic sessions, preparing the groundwork for their futures.
In 2018 we announced the second year of our title sponsorship for the FWD North Pole Marathon 2018, the world’s coolest marathon. We also announced our first ever #FWDTeamAsia. Our team included 11 runners featuring semi pro as well as disabled and amateur athletes, raising over HK$255,000 for FWD’s non-profit partners.
FWD & Humanity & Inclusion & Hong Chi Association & Special Olympics | Asia
Our partnership with Humanity & Inclusion, a co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize, includes a full employment training programme as well as support and mentoring for young people who are hoping to have the opportunity to build sustainable careers and independent lives
FWD & Humanity & Inclusion | Indonesia and the Philippines
With our support, Special Olympics Asia Pacific will engage 12,000 young people in inclusion workshops, unify 90 schools and communities with 240 sports and non-sports events, and mentor 300 athletes to develop skills that help them at work and in their daily lives. Through these programmes we can help to create a future with a difference for people with intellectual disabilities.
FWD & Special Olympics | Asia
At FWD we’re proud of the values that underpin our business. And we’ve breathed life into these values by establishing a workplace culture that demands accountability – whether we’re interacting with our staff, our customers or our many other stakeholders.
We’ve worked hard to ensure there are tangible commitments and policies embedded at every level of FWD - from our community initiatives to our how we manage our staff. We maintain regular reviews on all of these, spearheaded by a senior management team. Intentional, ethical decision-making is at the heart of everything we do.
We also strive for transparency and trust. This extends to our customers and employees all the way through to our stakeholders and the communities where we do business. For example, we will not knowingly make any direct investment in companies involved in the production of weaponry.