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UBS brings annual Asia Pacific Diversity Conference to Singapore for the first time
UBS launched its annual UBS Asia Pacific Diversity Conference in Singapore for the first time today with Mrs Lim Hwee Hua, Senior Minister of Finance and Transport as its keynote speaker. Held annually since 2006 in Hong Kong, the conference provides a platform for the exchange of ideas relating to diversity in the region. This year, the conference is based on the theme "Building the Leadership Pipeline in Asia."
Highlights of the conference include a keynote speech by Mrs Lim about building the women leadership pipeline in Asia, findings of a recently completed UBS-commissioned study by The Conference Board on women's leadership and development among corporations in Asia and a panel discussion on what diversity means from a generational standpoint.
Rory TAPNER, Chairman and CEO of UBS in Asia Pacific, said: A diverse workplace is a critical tool for helping develop, nurture and retain the best talent in our industry. It also helps us to create a broad and experienced pipeline of future leaders for all aspects of our business. By shaping our culture to actively encourage new ideas and allow all opinions to be freely aired, we create a safe haven for creativity and innovation, a place where talented colleagues can challenge norms and develop better solutions for our clients. Diversity has always been a core strength of UBS, but with further changes to the demographics of the region, and the expansion of financial markets, especially here in Asia, we need to further diversify the talent we recruit and the training we provide. It is a business necessity to prosper and excel.
Said Mona LAU, UBS's Group Head of Diversity and Campus Recruiting: "To be successful in an increasingly diverse, global marketplace, companies need to recruit a workforce that is as diverse as the clients they serve. At UBS, we believe in building a culture of diversity where we respect and appreciate staff from different personal backgrounds, cultures and viewpoints. We believe that by keeping an open mind, we are able to recruit the best people, generate the best ideas and provide the best service to our clients."
"The aim of the UBS Asia Pacific Diversity Conference is to provide a forum for the discussion of diversity issues in the region. Singapore was a natural choice as a venue for the conference this year, in view of the leading role that Singapore has played in championing diversity and other socially responsible initiatives," she added.
More than 100 senior executives and HR professionals from multinational corporations, small and medium enterprises, government bodies and social enterprises have registered for the conference.
In conjunction with the UBS Asia Pacific Diversity Conference, UBS will also be launching its first Career Comeback program in Singapore on 17-18 April as part of its Diversity initiative. The UBS-sponsored program, the first of its kind in Singapore, is aimed at helping professionals who have taken a career break to make the transition back into the workforce. Working closely with Singapore Management University, UBS will organise important business updates from leading professors in finance, marketing, technology and strategy; professional one-on-one coaching; an overview of current work/family issues; and development of a personal action plan for re-entering the workforce.
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