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FMF Builds Resilient, Respectful Workplace

FMF Foods Limited has announced it has officially engaged the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) advisory services in building a resilient and respectful workplace. The signing took place on March 5,
08 Mar 2021 10:59
FMF Builds Resilient, Respectful Workplace
From left, IFC Resident Representative, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati and Tuvalu, Deva de Silva, with FMF managing director, Ram Bajekal.

FMF Foods Limited has announced it has officially engaged the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) advisory services in building a resilient and respectful workplace.

The signing took place on March 5, after FMF’s request to the IFC to provide the important assistance under IFC’s “Supporting Resilient and Respectful Workplaces in Fiji” program.

The engagement forms part of a broader scope of work by IFC to improve private sector employment opportunities for women in Fiji and coincides well with the celebration of International Women’s Day.

FMF and IFC will collaborate over the next six months to diagnose FMF’s current policies and practices related to respectful workplaces, undertake surveys, interviews, and discussions with FMF staff in relation to gender equality, bullying and harassment amongst other key things.

An important aspect that FMF is looking forward to is the development of the gender action plan with IFC.

The IFC will facilitate a Resilience for Success workshop with FMF’s management and produce a “Tabu Soro” business resilience case study which will showcase FMF’s innovative approaches in building a resilient and respectful workplace during COVID-19.

FMF embarked on the journey after the IFC presented research that stated that one in three women globally were affected by gender-based violence and harassment.

It not only has unfortunate consequences for families and communities, but affect the business’ bottom line.

In line with the IFC research, it increases health and safety risks, reduces employee engagement and productivity, increases absenteeism and turnover of employees.

FMF has an existing support system for the FMF workforce that experience such hardship.

The company also practices zero tolerance on workplace bullying and harassment.

The research provides a deeper understanding of the subject with the idea to strengthen existing framework at FMF.

Since its inception in 1973, FMF has been blessed with an immense workforce contributing significantly to the economy.

“We believe a respectful and resilient working environment is necessary for success, while operating in an uncertain global environment,” FMF said in a statement.

“We trust that our commitment will encourage other companies to sign up to the services offered by IFC under the project.”

 

Feedback: maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj



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