How Diversity and Inclusion Empower Knauf Insulation APAC

By Lana Yurova
March 08, 2023

March 8th marks International Women's Day, a global celebration of women's achievements and a call to action for gender equality. By embracing diversity and inclusion, we can better understand and serve our diverse customer base, foster innovation, and create a more dynamic and fulfilling workplace.

Knauf Insulation APAC unites a number of countries in the region, including: Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. In each country we recognize the invaluable contributions that women make to our company, and we pledge to support them in their professional journeys.

We are fortunate to have so many wonderful women contributing to innovations, engineering and technology who inspire us every day. To mark International Women’s Day 2023, we spoke to members of our team from Japan and Malaysia to find out their journeys into the construction industry.

KIAPAC-team-JapanMioko Ito, Supply Chain Manager, Knauf Insulation APAC - Japan, says: “Women's work rights in Japan have historically been limited, with women facing significant obstacles in terms of career advancement and equal pay. However, there is a growing awareness of the need to address these issues. I feel that at Knauf Insulation it is recognized that everyone's path to success is different, and that we have a supportive workplace that allows each employee to achieve their full potential regardless of gender.

My personal journey with Knauf Insulation APAC is testament to the many career opportunities available for women within the company. I started out as a customer service coordinator, working closely with our customers to ensure their needs were met and issues resolved. Over time, I was given the chance to take on more responsibility and develop my knowledge of our supply chain operations. This led to my current position as Supply Chain Manager". 

Among our talented international team, Nurul Shahida Sahak has played a significant role with many others in the start-up of the Malaysian factory.

KIAPAC-team-MalaysiaNurul Shahida Sahak, Procurement & MRP Lead, Knauf Insulation APAC —  Malaysia, says: “Gender should never be a barrier to success and with hard work, dedication, and a supportive workplace, women can thrive in any industry.

By providing equal opportunities and promoting diversity and inclusivity, Knauf Insulation is creating a supportive work environment where team members are given the opportunity to reach their full potential.

My career at Knauf Insulation APAC began in October 2020, just before uncertain pandemic times, when I joined as a Material Replenishment Planner (MRP). As an MRP, I was responsible for ensuring that raw materials and supplies were available for smooth and efficient operations.

Despite the numerous challenges we faced during commissioning period, including the COVID-19 pandemic, I remained focused and determined. It was a challenging time, but with the support of my team and the company, I was able to contribute to the successful start up operations in early 2021 ensuring efficient and responsible sourcing of materials.

One aspect of our diversity that is particularly noteworthy is the increasing number of women who are joining our team. I have seen a growth in the number of women working in this plant compared to the day when I started — even now seeing the gender split pretty much equal in our plant office. Which is an endeavor of Knauf Insulation's commitment to gender equality and inclusivity.

Being in an industry dominated by men, it is inspiring to see Knauf Insulation value gender equality and create opportunities for women to thrive in our workplace. By providing equal opportunities and promoting diversity and inclusivity”.

KIAPAC-team-AustraliaLydia Sharples, Marketing Manager, Knauf Insulation APAC —  Australia, says: “As we continue to grow and develop in various markets, I am confident that our commitment to diversity and inclusion will remain a key part of our sustainability strategy. I look forward to seeing more women take on leadership roles and contribute to our company's continued growth and success”.




Putting People First

Knauf Insulation’s diversity and inclusion work is in line with the company’s For A Better World sustainability strategy. For further information about Knauf Insulation’s approach to Diversity and Inclusion read our annual report here.

For more information about International Women’s Day visit the IWD site here.