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FWD Group extends partnership with Humanity & Inclusion to empower young people with disabilities across Asia

25 February 2022 | Hong Kong
Joanna Condat (right), HI’s personalised support officer, coaches Kyenna Tadeo (left), a 26-year-old advocate for the deaf community, during one of their coaching sessions within the framework of the Phase 1 Forward Together Project. (Photo by Twyla Raros David) 

FWD Group (“FWD”), a pan-Asian life insurance company, is proud to extend its partnership with Humanity & Inclusion (“HI”) through Thrive Together: Empowering young people with disabilities in Asia. The project has now entered its second phase to empower young people with disabilities by enhancing their employability and financial prospects, while promoting more open, diverse and inclusive workplaces across the region.

Thrive Together phase two will launch in March 2022 in the Philippines, followed by Indonesia and Vietnam later this year. The multi-year project will work closely with FWD volunteers and local implementation partners, aligning with local government units, technical-vocational institutions, and business and trade associations to pave sustainable interventions, reaching at least 1,000 young people with disabilities by 2024.

The first phase of the project, ran from 2018 through 2021 and improved the lives of almost 400 young people with disabilities living in urban poor communities in the Philippines and Indonesia.

The project has already been providing social support, job training sessions, improved access to health and rehabilitative services, and ongoing coaching and support services to young people across Asia. Now the project will focus on financial literacy education and financial planning for participants and their family members to support their independence and development.

The project will also work with public and private sectors to promote inclusive workplaces, and assist them with hiring, retaining, and protecting the rights of people with disabilities in the workplace. FWD’s local business operations in the Philippines and Indonesia have already recruited eight employees and interns with disabilities and joined national and local business and disability networks, in cooperation with the International Labour Organization.

“At FWD, we embrace the value and culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through the Thrive Together Project, we’re empowering these young people to live fulfilled lives through financial education and connecting them with employers to develop a more diverse workforce and build a better future together,” said Huynh Thanh Phong, FWD Group CEO.

“Now more than ever, we have an opportunity to ensure that young people with disabilities can access their right to decent work. With fair and inclusive business support, where their skills are being recognised, young people with disabilities can work effectively and efficiently in businesses operations, and make contributions to companies and society,” concluded Twyla Raros David, HI Regional Project Manager.

About FWD Group

Established in Asia in 2013 with a trailblazer mentality, FWD is the primary insurance business of investment group, Pacific Century Group

FWD Group spans 10 markets in Asia including Hong Kong SAR & Macau SAR, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Japan, Malaysia and Cambodia, offering life and medical insurance, general insurance, employee benefits, Shariah and family takaful products across a number of its markets.

FWD is focused on creating fresh customer experiences and making the insurance journey simpler, faster and smoother, with innovative propositions and easy-to-understand products, supported by digital technology. Through this customer-led approach, FWD aims to be a leading pan-Asian insurer by changing the way people feel about insurance.

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About Humanity & Inclusion

Founded in 1982, Humanity & Inclusion is an independent and impartial aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, taking action and bearing witness in order to respond to their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights. Outraged by the injustice faced by people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, we aspire a world of solidarity and inclusion, enriched by our differences, where everyone lives in dignity.

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