Pranda Group is among few Thai companies selected for the award "Disability Matters 2015: Asia-Pacific - Workforce Category" this year.
Founded in 1973, Pranda Group said it had the policies to promote and create career opportunities for people with disabilities. According to the statement from the listed jewellery-manufacturing company, it has employed more than 37 disabled employees, accounting for 60:1 which was higher than the required law of 100:1.
“These employees are now working in management level, supporting units and production units and being offered equal treatment in benefits and welfare. As most of the disabled employees are hearing-impaired, the company provides training for regular employees to develop communication skills in sign language with more than 100 employees participating, which could increase the effectiveness in workplace communication,” the company said.
It has also established long-term cooperation with schools and institutions for the disabled, providing training classes and study trips concerning jewellery manufacturing, granting learning equipment to support future careers in jewellery industry and inviting experienced guest speakers in jewellery production to share knowledge and experiences.
The company has been in collaboration with various institutions in Thailand such as Khanchanapisek Royal Goldsmith College and Ratchasuda College, the school for the deaf in Nakhon Pathom and Kanchanaburi Province, Nakornluang Polytechnic College and the Art for All Foundation to support the disability concerns.