Our commitment to promoting diversity in the workplace is documented in our Corporate Code of Conduct and our Equal Opportunities Policy, both of which are communicated to our employees through our employee handbook. Additionally, the Equal Opportunities and Diversity Council of John Swire & Sons (H.K.), a wholly-owned subsidiary of John Swire & Sons Limited which is the parent company of the Swire group, encourages and advocates equal opportunities and diversity across the Swire group.

D&I Policy

Our D&I Policy reaffirms our commitment to creating an inclusive and supportive working environment for all our employees regardless of age, gender or gender reassignment, sex or sexual orientation, marital or family status, disability, race (including ethnic origin or nationality) and religious or political beliefs.

Our D&I Committee is chaired by our Director, Human Resources and reports to the Executive Committee (“EXCOM”) on a quarterly basis. The D&I Committee’s responsibilities include ensuring equal opportunities, advocating fair and bias-free processes for recruiting, developing and promoting our employees, and monitoring our success in achieving D&I in our workplaces. The D&I Committee also serves as a governing body to review grievances relating to discrimination.

Percentage of Management Positions Held by Women

(as at 31st December 2020)
0 %
of management positions held by women
0 %
of EXCOM members are women

2020 Gender Pay Ratio

0
(female to male)

Flexible Working Policy Initiative

Seeking to develop a truly flexible working environment, our Flexible Working Policy was launched on 1st July 2019. We introduced a Staggered Working Hours initiative to allow employees to arrive or leave the office at flexible times provided they are present during specified core working hours. Employees are able to balance their work with their personal commitments, helping advance our goal of building a more people-centric workplace culture. We believe that staggered working hours empower our employees to be more creative and productive.

To augment this policy, we also launched the Sabbatical Leave Policy on 1 January 2020. Sabbaticals allow an employee an extended period away from work, during which time they may recharge themselves, adjust to any life transitions, dedicate time to family matters, or develop their skill sets in various areas. Although this is unpaid leave, employees on sabbatical still enjoy selected staff benefits such as medical, training and recreation facilities.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we initiated several other working alternatives across our offices, including distributed work, work-from-home, and telecommuting arrangements. These were designed to minimise large gatherings of people and avoid cross-infection situations. Additionally, any staff members who travelled outside of their home city in the Chinese mainland could only resume work after completing a 14-day quarantine upon their return.

Women’s Inspire Networks

Our Women’s Inspire Networks, initiated by members of our Diversity and Inclusion Committee, are business networks that aim to connect people and create a community in support of women working for professional firms and companies based in a local area. Through purposeful events and stakeholder engagement, these networks encourage collaboration in a supportive and positive environment to create a network of people who support, enrich and inspire each other in the pursuit of gender equality.

The first network, the Taikoo Women's Inspire Network (“Taikoo WIN”), was established in 2019 by the Company and two of our Taikoo Place tenants. Taikoo WIN currently has over 300 individual members and 30 corporate members based in Taikoo Place. The Pacific Place Women’s Inspire Network (“PP WIN”) was formed in May 2020 to support women working in the Pacific Place area. PP WIN aims to hold its official launch in early 2021.

Our Women’s Inspire Networks, initiated by members of our Diversity and Inclusion Committee, are business networks that aim to connect people and create a community in support of women working for professional firms and companies based in a local area. Through purposeful events and stakeholder engagement, these networks encourage collaboration in a supportive and positive environment to create a network of people who support, enrich and inspire each other in the pursuit of gender equality.

The first network, the Taikoo Women's Inspire Network (“Taikoo WIN”), was established in 2019 by the Company and two of our Taikoo Place tenants. Taikoo WIN currently has over 300 individual members and 30 corporate members based in Taikoo Place. The Pacific Place Women’s Inspire Network (“PP WIN”) was formed in May 2020 to support women working in the Pacific Place area. PP WIN aims to hold its official launch in early 2021.

Pink Friday

On 20 November, Swire Properties joined over 60 companies in Hong Kong to celebrate the LGBT+ community and the Company’s collective drive for inclusion in the Pink Friday event. Our staff members participated by wearing pink to show their support for this often-invisible community. A virtual “Best Dressed Show” was held, with prizes awarded for the best dressed individual and best dressed team. We celebrated Pink Friday with Taikoo Place office tenants at Tong Chong Street Market. Themed delicacies were also sold from 16 to 20 November at several Tong Chong Street Market stalls, with people wearing pink being given a discount on these items on 20 November.
On 20 November, Swire Properties joined over 60 companies in Hong Kong to celebrate the LGBT+ community and the Company’s collective drive for inclusion in the Pink Friday event. Our staff members participated by wearing pink to show their support for this often-invisible community. A virtual “Best Dressed Show” was held, with prizes awarded for the best dressed individual and best dressed team. We celebrated Pink Friday with Taikoo Place office tenants at Tong Chong Street Market. Themed delicacies were also sold from 16 to 20 November at several Tong Chong Street Market stalls, with people wearing pink being given a discount on these items on 20 November.

Board Diversity Policy

Our Board Diversity Policy recognises the value of diversity in the composition of our Board and endorses the principle that our Board should cultivate a balance of skills and experience as well as a diversity of perspectives that are aligned with our business.

Board Diversity

(as at 31st December 2020)
By gender
2020
67% Male
33% Female
Male Male
Female Female
2020 2020
2019 2019
2018 2018
By age group
2020
25% 30 to 50 years old
75% Over 50 year old
30 to 50 years old 30 to 50 years old
Over 50 year old Over 50 year old
2020 2020
2019 2019
2018 2018
By local/non-local
2020
67% Local
33% Non-local
Local Local
Non-local Non-local
2020 2020
2019 2019
2018 2018
2020 2020
2019 2019
2018 2018
Additional information about the diversity of our Board members is available in the Swire Properties Annual Report 2020.

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Volunteering

Our Community Ambassador Programme is a channel for our employees to contribute their time and skills to various social and environmental causes.

Talent Retention

We attach great importance to attracting talented people to work with us and retaining them as they develop their long-term careers within the Company.

Safety, Health and Wellbeing

We regard health and safety as an indispensable part of our business.

Volunteering

Our Community Ambassador Programme is a channel for our employees to contribute their time and skills to various social and environmental causes.

Talent Retention

We attach great importance to attracting talented people to work with us and retaining them as they develop their long-term careers within the Company.

Safety, Health and Wellbeing

We regard health and safety as an indispensable part of our business.