In six months, Allianz Malaysia has gone from employing one to 23 Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and targets 99 employees with disabilities by 2017.

As a result of an Innovation Incubator Workshop in late 2014, Allianz Malaysia decided to foster inclusivity through hiring of Persons with Disabilities

The company began  hiring PWDs in January this year and currently have employed PWDs in various sectors including customer service, human resources, underwriting and corporate communications.

“In Allianz Malaysia, we want to provide each employee with the opportunity to achieve their full potential. We foster diversity and inclusiveness by creating an environment when each individual, their strengths and unique qualities are accepted and embraced regardless of their race, religion, gender and differences,” said Wong Woon Man, Head of Human Resources.

The company has also taken measures in creating a accessible work environment. Employees who are blind have access to fully functional NVDA (Non-Visual Desktop Access) system, while the voice operated and Braille labelled elevators are installed to make their transition to the workplace a little easier.

“Job matching, supervision, training, support, mobility and the appropriate facilities were the crucial aspects that we looked into in hiring persons with disabilities. It has not been easy, but it is a work in progress and an initiative that we will see through. It is important to us that they are able to experience a positive working environment that would truly impact their lives positively and also the people they interact with,” added Woon Man.

The Allianz Malaysia employment days allowed PWDs to attend interviews with department heads and learn more about job scopes that interest them and are available within the company. They are then offered a twelve-month employment contract, with an option for renewal depending on the individual’s performance.

In Malaysia, the Ministry of Human Resources’ Employment and Labour Statistics for March 2016 shows 3,490 PWDs are currently employed in the public sector.   In Germany, Allianz has a workforce of 40,600 employees and 3.5 percent of them are PWDs.

Allianz Malaysia currently employs a workforce of 1,986 employees and hopes that PWDs will make up five percent of the Company’s workforce by 2017.

The company will continue to present more job opportunities to PWDs and jobseekers with disabilities are requested to contact their human resources personnel by email at career@allianz.com.my