24 May 2018, Singapore / Hong Kong – Humanity & Inclusion (formerly known as Handicap International) and FWD Group today announced a partnership to support youth with disabilities in Indonesia and the Philippines by improving their access to employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.
24 May 2018, Singapore / Hong Kong – Humanity & Inclusion (formerly known as Handicap International) and FWD Group today announced a partnership to support youth with disabilities in Indonesia and the Philippines by improving their access to employment and entrepreneurship opportunities. The partnership is part of FWD Group’s wider Community Care programme which aims to advocate equal opportunities and empower people with disabilities in Asia.
FWD Group’s investment will help Humanity & Inclusion train at least 380 youth with disabilities across Indonesia and the Philippines to help them secure sustainable employment or entrepreneurial opportunities. These will include:
• Individual support to youth with disabilities and assessment of their needs, capacities, and interests;
• Improved access to health and rehabilitation facilities as well as social services;
• Capacity-building initiatives such as soft skill trainings and vocational skills development;
• Support to youth with disabilities in creating or strengthening their own micro-enterprises.
Humanity & Inclusion will also work with selected employers – including FWD Group – across the two target countries to improve their understanding and capacity in employing people with disabilities.
Humanity & Inclusion Regional Program Director Reiza Dejito said, “To advance economically in developing countries, we have to invest in youth, but too often young people with disabilities are overlooked in employment and entrepreneurship opportunities. FWD Group and Humanity & Inclusion seek to support youth with disabilities in Asia and help them to have the same chance at improving their lives as their non-disabled peers.”
FWD Group Chief Executive Officer Huynh Thanh Phong said, “At FWD, we all believe in the importance of giving back and helping to create change for communities in need. We were inspired by Humanity & Inclusion’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning work around the world to affect change for people with disability and wanted to bring similar programmes to Asia. Our partnership with Humanity & Inclusion reinforces our commitment to empower people with disabilities in Asia, and together we hope we can build a future with a difference for the community.”
15% of the world lives with a disability . In Asia Pacific, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates that there are about 370 million people with disabilities, out of which about 65% are of working age. Even so, more than 80% of people with disabilities are unemployed in the region.
In the Philippines, data shows that 13% of the national population lives with a disability. Only about 10% of the employable people with disabilities in the country are engaged in regularly paid work, with the public sector providing the majority of career opportunities. Meanwhile, in Indonesia 11% of the nation’s population has mild to severe disabilities. The ILO estimates that more than 74% of Indonesia’s people with disabilities – close to 13 million individuals – are unemployed.
FWD Group’s Community Care programmes are part of its commitment to be actively involved in helping to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially Goal 10 which targets “Reduced Inequalities” and Goal 8 which targets “Decent Work and Economic Growth”. Through partnerships with organisations such as Humanity & Inclusion, FWD Group aims to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities in Asia by promoting inclusion and improving access to rehabilitation and vocational training. These, hopefully, in turn will generate positive change and economic empowerment for people with disabilities and the communities.
In line with the new Community Care programmes, FWD has also updated its responsible investment policy to exclude direct investment in companies involved in production of controversial weapons. This policy mandates that FWD Group and its subsidiaries will not knowingly make any direct investment in companies involved in the production of weapons such as cluster-munitions, anti-personnel mines, depleted uranium weapons, biological and chemical weapons.
Reiza Dejito, Humanity & Inclusion Regional Programme Director (second from left) and Tim Oliver, FWD Group Chief Commercial Officer (center) along with representatives from FWD Indonesia and Philippines pose for a photograph after formalizing the launch of a three-year partnership.
 Rapid Assessment of Disability in the Philippines: Understanding Prevalence, Well-Being, and Access to the Community for People with Disabilities to Inform the W-Dare Project. [LINK]
 Philippines National Statistics Office and the Asian Development Bank (2005).Poverty in the Philippines: Income, Assets, and Access. [LINK]
About FWD PhilippinesFWD Life Insurance Corporation (“FWD Life”) is the first life insurance company licensed by the Insurance Commission of the Philippines under the new Insurance Code. FWD launched its commercial operations in September 2014. By March 2017, FWD Life is the highest-capitalized life insurer in the Philippines with PhP 2.3 billion in paid-up capitalization.1 Based on premium income data published by the Insurance Commission2, FWD Life now ranks 10th in the insurance industry in terms of weighted new business premiums.3
About FWD Group
FWD Group spans Hong Kong & Macau, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, and Japan, offering life and medical insurance, general insurance and employee benefits across a number of its markets.
FWD is focused on creating fresh customer experiences, with easy-to-understand products, supported by digital technology. Through this customer-led approach, FWD aims to become a leading pan-Asian insurer that changes the way people feel about insurance.
Established in Asia in 2013, FWD is the insurance business of investment group, Pacific Century Group.
For more information please visit WWW.FWD.COM.
About Humanity & Inclusion
Founded in 1982 in refugee camps on the Thai-Cambodian border, co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize, Humanity & Inclusion (the new name of Handicap International) is an independent and impartial organization 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 to a world of solidarity and inclusion, enriched by our differences, where everyone can live in dignity.
At present, Humanity & Inclusion works in 59 countries globally, with additional offices in 8 high-income countries.
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