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Thailand Launches LGBTQ+ Inclusivity Toolkit for Workplaces

Thailand has advanced its commitment to workplace equality by launching a toolkit aimed at supporting LGBTQ+ inclusivity in businesses. This initiative follows the country’s historic enactment of the same-sex marriage law, underscoring a significant move towards equality. Prime Minister’s Office Minister Jiraporn Sindhuprai has been instrumental in driving these efforts.

The toolkit, a result of collaboration among the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Embassy of Canada in Thailand, the Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University, and Workplace Pride, aims to provide practical guidance for creating inclusive workplaces. It emphasizes that fostering diversity can spur economic growth and enhance social equity.

During a recent event, Minister Jiraporn highlighted that the toolkit is tailored specifically for the Thai context, marking a crucial step towards an equitable society. The guide addresses key aspects of workplace inclusivity, including making a business case for LGBTQ+ inclusion, developing equitable human resources policies, implementing awareness and behavior change training programs, and offering self-assessment guidelines for companies.

This initiative is part of broader governmental efforts to reduce disparities and combat stigmatization of the LGBTQ+ community, particularly in employment settings. With private sector employment comprising 50% of the job market in Thailand, the toolkit is poised to significantly influence the promotion of equal treatment and opportunities nationwide.

Numerous officials and representatives from various organizations attended the launch event, showing widespread support for the initiative and its potential to foster a more inclusive working environment in Thailand.

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