Uniqlo Offers Learning Points for Employers Looking to Hire Persons with Disabilities

24 Jul 2014

Date: 24 Jul, 2014

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Thursday 24 July 2014, 10.30 am [Singapore]

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UNIQLO Offers Learning Points for Employers Looking to Hire Persons with Disabilities

1. Parliamentary Secretary for Social and Family Development, Ms Low Yen Ling graced the learning journey to UNIQLO today. This is the first time that a retail company takes part in the learning journey. Organised by SG Enable and Singapore Compact for CSR, the learning journey seeks to help more employers understand how they can hire and integrate persons with disabilities into their workforce.

2. As part of SG Enable’s effort to provide job support and training for job seekers with disabilities, we are collaborating with UNIQLO to customise training programmes for persons with disabilities working in the retail sector.

3. The visit to UNIQLO is held in conjunction with its In-Store Shopping Experience, a CSR programme where students with intellectual disabilities are given a chance to shop for themselves so as to empower them with an important life skill of decision making. Over 40 students from MINDS school participated in the event and the employers have the opportunity to interact with the students.

4. “It is heartening to see more and more companies valuing persons with disabilities as a viable source of manpower to augment their workforce. UNIQLO could be considered as one of the leaders and champions in hiring persons with disabilities. We are glad to be able to partner them in this meaningful endeavour. We hope that through this learning journey, more companies will be encouraged and inspired to do likewise,” said Ms Ku Geok Boon, Chief Executive Officer, SG Enable.

5. “As an international retailer, UNIQLO believes that we can use our clothes to cultivate a more inclusive society around the world. Our company's philosophy is to change conventional wisdom and the world, thus by employing persons with disabilities, we show that they can become contributing members of an organisation. It aligns with SG Enable’s vision to enable persons with disabilities and build an inclusive society. We are proud that SG Enable has chosen UNIQLO to be the first retail company to participate in their Learning Journey, and we are confident that we can inspire employers to value and hire persons with disabilities," said Mr Onoguchi Satoshi, Managing Director, UNIQLO (Singapore) Pte Ltd and Chief Operating Officer, Fast Retailing (Singapore) Pte Ltd.

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