The efforts of Fujitsu Global Delivery Center (GDC) employees in the Philippines in giving back to the community have been recognized by a United Nations award. In the inaugural United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Award1 for Community and Industry Engagement in the Philippines, WeServ Systems International, Inc. 3, a Fujitsu Company, was recognized as one of the runners-up.
The UN Women 2020 WEPs Community and Industry Engagement category recognizes corporate champions that promote gender equality through community and industry engagement. This includes integrating gender equality into corporate social responsibility strategies, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) or philanthropy programs. Fujitsu also supports and collaborates with non-government organizations that promote gender equality, and participates in advocacy or multi-stakeholder programs to promote gender equality.
In a virtual ceremony held on November 11, 2020, Fujitsu was recognized as a category runner-up. A Women’s Empowerment Principles Award for Community and Industry Engagement was accepted on behalf of Fujitsu by Helen Lamb, Head of Industry and Portfolio Services in the Global Delivery business, and Arlene Gregorio, Head of the Fujitsu GDC in the Philippines.
Fujitsu GDC Philippines highlighted its partnership with the NGO Food for the Hungry in the Philippines, through its work supporting mothers in the Bitungol, Tigbe, Norzagaray, Bulacan (BTNB) Mats Manufacturing Group after their livelihood was threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fujitsu Philippines GDC helped this community with the purchase of 1,300 handmade laptop sleeves.
Fujitsu’s initiatives are part of two pillars – Community and Diversity & Inclusion – of the Global Delivery organization’s Global Responsible Business Program (GRiP). Fujitsu is a global signatory to the Women’s Empowerment Principles and uses the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals to collaborate with customers and community groups to focus on initiatives with positive, long-lasting impacts, based on local needs.
Helen Lamb commented: “Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world, and which can only be achieved through Gender Empowerment. This award for exemplary practice, embracing the Women’s Empowerment Principles in the Community and Industry Engagement, is a fantastic recognition of the role model approach and the difference being made by the Fujitsu GDC team in the Philippines, led by Arlene Gregorio.”
Arlene Gregorio, Head of the Fujitsu GDC in the Philippines, said: “This recognition reinforces our commitment that we can further deepen and expand the impact of Fujitsu’s Responsible Business Programs toward community development through Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. Being recognized with this award inspires us to do more for our society, in support of Fujitsu’s corporate purpose of making the world more sustainable by building trust in society through innovation.”
Notes to editors
1 The Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) is a joint initiative between UN Women and the UN Global Compact. The Principles outline seven steps for business on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace, and community. The roster of judges is comprised of a panel of experts from the United Nations, University of the Philippines Center for Women and Gender Studies, the Commission on Human Rights, Economic-Socio and Cultural Rights Center, Global Compact Network Philippines, and P&A Grant Thornton, Philippines.
2 UN Women is the United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women.
3 WeServ Systems International, Inc. is the legal entity associated with Fujitsu Global Delivery Center Philippines.
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