ECCT hosts Family Friendly Alliance Summit
The European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan (ECCT) today hosted the 2023 Family Friendly Alliance Summit with the theme “The ‘S’ in ESG - Sustainable Population, Sustainable Economy - How employers can make an impact and serve as role models”. The summit was the first major event arranged by the ECCT’s Family Friendly Alliance (FFA), which was established as a platform for collaboration among various stakeholders to address the challenges resulting from Taiwan’s low birth-rate, ageing population and talent shortage. The event brought together experts from government and the private sector to examine the major demographic trends and related challenges facing Taiwan and seek possible solutions to address them.
The event was opened by ECCT Chairman Giuseppe Izzo and Filip Grzegorzewski, Head of the European Economic and Trade Office in Taiwan. This was followed by presentations in two sessions by government officials and industry experts on topics including demographic challenges, advancing family-friendly policies to support sustainable population development, a sustainable economy, achieving work-life balance and labour law reform proposals for a family friendly environment, among others. The presentations were followed by a panel discussion moderated by Fran Milnes, Novartis Taiwan President. The event was concluded with a ceremony where representatives from 12 ECCT member companies pledged their commitment to create family friendly workplaces in their organisations.
This summit comes at a crucial time for Taiwan, which experienced its third consecutive annual population decline in 2022 as the country saw both its lowest number of births and highest number of deaths on record and is on track to become a super-aged society by 2025, with one in five residents over the age of 65. European countries and companies are global leaders in providing parental leave, childcare, advanced labour standards and workplace policies, reproductive healthcare, care for the aged and other benefits designed to encourage families to raise children and facilitate an optimal work-life balance for all stages of life. By sharing best practices from Europe, the FFA aims to promote cooperation between the government, corporations and NGOs to create a family friendly environment in Taiwan.
The first session on the theme “Demographic challenges and sustainable economy featured the following speakers and topics:
Shih Keh-her, Deputy Minister of the National Development Council, spoke on the topic “Demographic challenges for a sustainable Taiwan”.
Emily Tiemann, Manager of the Health Policy Team for Economist Impact, spoke on the topic “Declining birth rates and an ageing workforce – From theory to action”.
Lee Li-Feng, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Health and Welfare, spoke on the topic “Advancing family friendly policies to support population growth”.
Boonhuey EE, General Manager of Merck Healthcare Taiwan; Managing Director, Merck Hong Kong and Macau & Co-chair of the FFA spoke on the topic “Sustainable population, sustainable economy”.
The second session on the theme “Family friendly workplace and talent sustainability” featured the following speakers and topics:
Howard Shiu, Partner, Baker McKenzie & Co-chair of the ECCT’s Human Resources committee, spoke on the topic “Labour law reform for a family friendly environment”.
Cindy Chen, Regional Head, Adecco Taiwan & South Korea & Co-Chair of the FFA spoke on the topic “Gain an edge – winning the war for talent”.
The final panel discussion featured all of the speakers as well as Sherman Yu, Vice President and General Manager of GSK Taiwan.
歐洲商會(ECCT) 友善家庭聯盟(FFA)首次舉辦2023友善家庭聯盟高峰會，以「ESG中的『S』- 永續人口，永續經濟 -僱主如何發揮影響力並成為典範」為主題。該聯盟旨在建立合作平台，凝聚各方合作，以應對台灣低出生率、高齡化人口及人才短缺所帶來的挑戰。此次活動集結來自政府單位及企業的專家，探討台灣面臨的主要人口趨勢和相關挑戰，並尋求可能的解決方案。
此活動由歐洲在台協會主席尹容(Giuseppe Izzo)和歐洲經貿駐台辦事處代表高哲夫處長(Filip Grzegorzewski)致詞揭開序幕。緊接著的兩場會議，由政府官員和業界專家進行演講，主題包括人口挑戰、推動家庭友善政策以支持永續人口發展、永續經濟、實現工作與生活平衡、提出勞動法改革建議以創造家庭友善的工作環境等議題，會後由友善家庭聯盟會員麥芳蘭(Fran Milnes)主持座談會進行討論。本活動在12家歐洲商會成員企業代表發表聯合宣言，承諾打造親子友善工作場所後，劃下完美句點。