5 Oct 2021
Should Religion be on Your D&I Agenda in India?
A Catalyst webinar featuring Community Business’ pioneering research on religious diversity in the workplace in India.
Community Business is delighted to partner with Catalyst to facilitate a bold discussion on religious diversity in the workplace in India.
In addition to presenting highlights from its pioneering research on this topic, Community Business will facilitate a panel discussion with subject matter experts, including Mark Fowler, CEO of Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, to explore why and how companies should address religion as part of their overall D&I agenda in India.
Download Community Business' pioneering research, Fostering Religious Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace in India.
05.10.219.30am – 10.30am EST and 7pm – 8pm ISTAdd to calendar 05-10-2021 09:30 AM 05-10-2021 10:30 AM Should Religion be on Your D&I Agenda in India? A Catalyst webinar featuring Community Business’ pioneering research on religious diversity in the workplace in India. Asia/Hong_Kong
Executive Director at Community Business
A recognised authority on diversity and inclusion in Asia, Kate has authored extensive research and developed a variety of benchmarks and tools to help companies promote more inclusive workplaces in Asia - including Asia’s first LGBT Workplace Inclusion Index. A strong advocate of ‘adopting an Asian lens’ to the discussion of D&I, Kate is passionate about the need to better understand local market dynamics in order to develop an approach that resonates with key stakeholders.
Prior to Community Business, Kate worked for 12 years in the private sector, holding senior international marketing positions for global companies such as Reed Elsevier, Aspect Telecommunications, Cable & Wireless and PeopleSoft. Kate has always had a passion for Asia and holds a first class degree in Chinese Studies from Durham University. After spending 8 years in Hong Kong, she now lives with her family in England.
Rev Mark Fowler
Tanenbaum promotes justice and builds respect for religious difference by transforming individuals and institutions to reduce prejudice, hatred and violence. Even as “workplaces” have evolved rapidly during the past year, this much remains true on a global scale - religious diversity needs to be part of our strategic approach to addressing diversity, equity and inclusion and, far too often, it is not.
For many, the concept of religious diversity sounds uniquely American and inapplicable to India. And yet, as with many aspects of identity and culture, it can be easier to see the relevance or applicability in other places than to see how those same or similar challenges are present in our own societies and workplaces. While religious diversity may look different in the United States or India, while we may use different terms to discuss or relate to it, we are all human and, therefore, we are each made up of complex identities.
When we arrive to the workplace, or join our colleagues online, we bring those complex identities with us. When we connect with our colleagues and clients, we do so from the lens of our lived experiences - which often includes a relationship with religion and/or spirituality, including perhaps through culture, practice, or belief. The more we intentionally increase our awareness of this lens, to consider the influence our identities and the complex identities of the people around us have on each other, the more respectful we can be to our colleagues and ourselves.