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Race and Culture - How to Have the Conversation in Asia

Focus Area | Tackling Workplace Inequality
A bold new research project exploring the issue of race and culture in the Asian context and how companies can address in their own organisations. Find out how your company can get involved.

Overview

In the wake of recent social turmoil in many countries, the issue of race has been prioritised on the global corporate D&I agenda. Yet many companies are grappling with how to address this topic in Asia. How do we talk about race and culture at work in a way that resonates locally? And what do the dynamics of race and culture look like in different markets in Asia? With strong corporate sponsorship, Community Business is currently leading an ambitious Research Project - engaging with local stakeholders to explore answers to these questions and provide recommendations for companies seeking to adopt a progressive approach to addressing race and culture in their workplaces in Asia. 

As we seek to gather local perspectives and insights through roundtables, focus groups, interviews and an anonymous online survey, we encourage all companies committed to this subject to get involved! We will be releasing a range of multimedia research assets that are easy for companies to apply in their own organisations.

Objectives

The specific objectives of this Research Project include: 

  • Explore the extent to which a discussion on race and culture is important for companies in Asia at this time 

  • Understand the context and key dimensions of race and culture in different markets in Asia 

  • Identify specific experiences of racial and cultural bias (positive and negative) in the workplace in different markets in Asia 

  • Discuss whether companies have a responsibility to address race and culture in their organisations in Asia 

  • Share ways in which companies can address race and culture in Asia, drawing on direct experience (good and bad) of companies and insights from local experts 

  • Provide recommendations, resources and tools to help companies address race and culture in Asia 

Scope

In examining this topic in Asia, the Research Project will focus on the markets of China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Philippines and Singapore.

Approach

The Research Project is divided into three phases and will include a range of research approaches: 

Phase 1: Race & Culture – Do We Need to Talk About This in Asia? 

  • One to one interviews with experts, D&I and business leaders 

  • Sponsor Roundtable with corporate representatives from sponsoring companies 

Phase 2: Understanding Racial and Cultural Bias - Experiences in Asia 

  • Employee Survey  

  • Employee Focus Groups 

  • Employee Stories 

Phase 3: How to Address Race & Culture in Asia 

  • One to one interviews with experts and D&I leaders 

  • Corporate Case Studies 

Get Involved

Employee Perspectives – Complete the Survey Now!  

To inform this research, we are conducting an anonymous online survey to understand the perspectives and experiences of employees working in the corporate sector in different markets in Asia. This will be live from August to September 2021 and targeted at corporate employees based in the markets of China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, the Philippines and Singapore. 

 
Seeking Corporate Case Studies – Nominate Your Company!  

As part of the research process, we are seeking corporate case studies that we can feature – showcasing companies adopting a proactive approach to addressing race and culture in their organisations in Asia. If your company has an approach to share, we invite you to complete this Nomination Form for our consideration.  

We will review all the nominations received and select case studies from different markets across the region. To gather additional information, we will invite selected companies to take part in a 1-hour Zoom interview with Community Business. All companies will have the opportunity to review and approve their case study content before publication.  

If you have any issues accessing the below link, please download the form here.  

Nominate Your Company Now  

 

Expert Perspectives 

We are currently interviewing experts across Asia to gather their perspectives on the local dynamics of race and culture and how it impacts the workplace. This includes academics, NGO representatives and consultants. If you have done work in this area and would be interested to be a Contributing Expert, please contact Cora Mok at cora.mok@communitybusiness.org.