Home Credit Philippines, a renowned organization for diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as an equal opportunity employer, formally announces the establishment of its Pride Club. This group of LGBTQ+ identifying Home Credit workers will serve as the organization’s workplace inclusion ambassadors.
For the LGBTQ+ community in the Philippines, June is a significant month since it marks the beginning of Pride Month celebrations. Every year, various civil society organizations, advocacy groups, and organizations host Pride events that often end with a pride march.
Companies participate in these celebrations by sending expressions of support, inviting the public to events, or organizing their pride-related activities. One of the most active supporters of this cause has been Home Credit Philippines, the top consumer lending firm in the nation.
Nearly 200 of the company’s workers marched in the Pride March in Quezon City, Philippines, as part of the company’s participation in the Pride PH: Alab for Love celebration in 2022. Additionally, it assisted the Iloilo Pride Team, the group behind the Iloilo Pride March, at the Pride Pyesta celebration in Iloilo City in November 2023.
Home Credit Philippines has received appreciation for its diversity, equity, and inclusion policies in addition to its involvement in public pride events. Among its honors are the 2023 Gold Stevie for Diversity and Inclusion, the 2022 United Nations Women Empowerment Principles (UN WEPs) Awards for Transparency and Reporting, and the 2023 Asia CEO Awards- Circle of Excellence Diversity Company of the Year.
The company’s Environmental, Social, and Governance initiatives also put a lot of emphasis on DEI. showcasing its diverse staff of more than 14,000 workers, 52% of them are female. Plus, it has 5 women executives on its board.
To improve its DEI policies and services, Home Credit has been actively working with advocacy partners. To further demonstrate its dedication to workplace inclusiveness, the firm joined the Philippine Coalition for Women Empowerment (PBCWE) and the Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce (PLCC) in 2022.
The company completed the Gender Equality Assessment Results and Strategies (GEARS) last year in collaboration with PBCWE to identify the weaknesses, opportunities, and strengths of its plans for promoting gender equality at work.
With the launch of the Pride Club, an employee resource group that will push DEI and workplace inclusion activities inside the firm, Home Credit Philippines renews its commitment to these goals in 2023.
“At Home Credit Philippines, DEI and workplace inclusion are important for us. We have always championed these causes as integral for how we take care of our people and build safe spaces where our employees can be themselves and thrive,” said Alpha Omega Aquino, Chief People Officer of Home Credit Philippines.
The launch of the Pride Club in 2022 was coordinated by Home Credit Philippines’ team for people, culture, and development.
“The establishment of our Home Credit Pride team signals a more collaborative approach to creating equitable and inclusive policies and practices for our organization. This also allows our employees to be more empowered in advocating for causes that matter to them.” Alpha added.
Meet the Home Credit PH Pride Club Team
The Home Credit Pride Club, which has 200 members and is still growing throughout the Philippines, is well-positioned to take the lead in the organization’s Pride at Home Credit Philippines activities. On June 14 of last year, the club released the #AtHomeKaDito manifesto video, in which the club executives emphasized how Home Credit is an equal opportunity employer and urged job seekers to apply.
“We wanted to represent the LGBTQ+ employees of Home Credit and share how the company supports and empowers us. Our pride video is a glimpse of how diverse our employees are in terms of SOGIE and how we are celebrated for our contributions regardless of our gender orientation and identity. As a proud trans woman, I have always felt at home in my 5 years of being a Home Credit employee,” said Janna De Castro, Collections Project Specialist and President of the HCPH Pride Club.
Home Credit Philippines, an equal opportunity company, has provided its LGBTQ+ workers with fair benefits like wellness leaves, gender-neutral toilets, and HMO for domestic partners among others.
“Our goal as a club is to become a reliable partner for our company when it comes to strengthening our DEI policies and programs. Eventually, we hope to become an institutionalized employee resource group who can co-create initiatives and programs that will benefit and add value, not just the members of our club and our employees, but likewise, for the communities we serve,” said Russel Patina, Public Relations Manager and Vice-President of the HC Pride Club.
Since it first opened its doors in 2013, Home Credit Philippines has given approximately 10 million Filipinos more power through its brand and business. As we enter a new decade, it is anticipated that the firm will continue to expand and give more Filipinos access to additional credit alternatives.
Along with this expansion, it keeps putting its employees, who are the foundation of its success, first by creating a diverse and welcoming environment where everyone can be themselves and feel at home.