A first-time participant, foodpanda’s effort in disability inclusiveness has been awarded with the Silver accreditation
16 May 2023, APAC (Singapore) – foodpanda has been recognised as one of Singapore’s most inclusive workplaces with the Enabling Mark Silver accreditation. Awarded by SG Enable, the focal agency for disability and inclusion set up by Singapore’s Ministry of Social and Family Development, the Enabling Mark accreditation reaffirms foodpanda’s commitment and efforts in creating a disability-inclusive workplace.
“As a tech company, we highly believe in the power of diversity and inclusion. By bringing together people with different experiences and perspectives, we can enable greater creativity and innovation. I’m proud to share that the commitment to creating an inclusive workplace is equally shared among all foodpanda employees, with strong support of our senior management. The Enabling Mark accreditation tells us that we are on the right track, and we will continue to constantly evaluate our practices and processes to be the employer of choice for all individuals,” said Ingo Laubender, Chief People Officer, foodpanda.
Organisations accredited with the Enabling Mark were assessed based on various categories – from recruitment and employment practices, to workplace accessibility and extent of inclusive hiring. At foodpanda, inclusivity is embedded in all aspects of the workplace experience, and care is taken to ensure that the full employee journey, including the recruitment process, accommodates any special needs required.
During the recruitment process, persons with disabilities will be assigned to a dedicated Talent Acquisition personnel who is specially trained to provide a personalised process for them. This resource also ensures that the candidate receives a fair and unbiased evaluation through close alignment with various interviewers.
foodpanda also partners organisations to actively recruit people and students with disabilities. As a participant in SG Enable’s Institute of Higher Learning Internship Programme, foodpanda offers internship opportunities to students with disabilities. Over the last two years, foodpanda collaborated with TomoWork on their Talent Accelerator Programme. Students participating in the programme had to work on projects based on real business situations provided by foodpanda, with support from mentors from various teams across foodpanda’s business functions.
The quick-commerce delivery platform’s commitment to inclusivity also comes through in its Asia Pacific physical office, headquartered in Singapore. All meeting room signages and the top of staircases have braille signs to aid those with vision impairment. Other features include height-adjustable desks and wheelchair-friendly meeting rooms, and strategically-placed meeting room signages that are viewable by employees of all heights. Employees with sensory needs can use the quiet rooms available whenever needed, and there are also wellness spaces where employees can relax at any time of the day.