The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) is #BalanceforBetter and Experian are firm believers of this. While they are committed to creating gender balance in the business, Experian Malaysia has gone beyond gender inclusiveness equality by creating opportunities for the less privileged in conjunction with the IWD celebration.
As with all celebrations in Malaysia, none is ever complete without food and Deliccia – a social enterprise that aims to empower Malaysian women through catering – were invited to help with the F&B for their event. Adding variety to the spread, Experian Malaysia also ordered pastries and cupcakes from Bake with Dignity, a bakery that provides paid employment for people with learning disabilities.
Low-back pain or neck pain because of a static posture is a common problem among office workers, so as part of their Health and Wellbeing initiative for IWD, they reached out to a group of masseuses from the Super Blind Traditional Massage Centre for relieve. Eight visually impaired therapists trained by the Malaysian Association for the Blind were hired for half a day. It’s the third time they visited their office and they were joking away enjoying the company of having someone to chat with while providing their employees the much-needed relief.
They also invited two other social organisations to set up booths in their office to bring awareness to the cause they are working for. Langit – a social enterprise that aspires to bring economic empowerment to rural communities and smallholder farmers – work directly with communities to bring their agricultural produce to a larger audience. More importantly they ensure that the farmer’s efforts are compensated with commensurate financial reward through their fair pricing mechanisms.
Helping Hands Penan is a charity whose mission is to provide assistance to the Penan (an indigenous community) who are in need. Driven by the twin goals of catering to short-term basic needs and empowering the Penan to be self-sufficient in the long run, Helping Hands Penan helps facilitate the sale of their weaving products, and the fruits of their labour will then be channeled to funding projects such as solar lights for settlements without power generators, chain saws, rice milling machines and transportation costs from settlements deep in the jungle to urban schools or hospitals.
Diversity and inclusion has always been a topic close to the heart of Experian, and there is nothing better than to better the balance, better the world #BalanceforBetter for everyone.