Slovakia is the 18th EU country where employers can join the Diversity Charter. It is the first initiative that enables companies, non-profit organisations, and state authorities to publicly declare their support of diversity and inclusion at workplace. On Tuesday, May 30, the first Slovak companies joined the Diversity Charter.
40% of Slovaks believe that fight against all types of discrimination in Slovakia is either inefficient or non-existent. It was shown by the results of the 2015 Eurobarometer polls. However, Slovak companies decided to take first steps to alleviate prejudice about diversity. "Employees who are diverse in age, gender, nationality, and disabilities adapt to growing demands of the market and customers for the quality of goods and services much more easily,“ says Michal Kišša, the programme director of the Pontis Foundation and the executive director of the Business Leaders Forum. This association is the administrator of the Diversity Charter in Slovakia. By signing it, companies declare that they will create a diverse work environment and voluntarily commit themselves to promoting ideas of equality, respect, and inclusion. “It has been proven that companies with an effective management of diversity perform better than other companies,” says Kišša.
First companies signed the Slovak Charter
The voluntary initiative called the Diversity Charter started on Tuesday, May 30, in the Nedbalka Gallery in Bratislava. The first signatories include sixteen companies operating in Slovakia - AT&T Global Network Services Slovakia, DELL, Heineken Slovakia, Henkel Slovakia, IBM Slovakia, ING Bank, Lenovo (Slovakia), Novartis Slovakia, Philip Morris Slovakia, Topvar Breweries, PricewaterhouseCoopers Slovakia, Skanska SK, Swiss Re, T-Systems Slovakia, domestic employers such as Matador Holding, and non-profit organisations and associations such as AmCham Slovakia (Business Service Center Forum), the Pontis Foundation, and Diversity Pro. Other companies or organisations can apply to become signatories of the document through the website www.chartadiverzity.sk. The membership is voluntary and free of charge.
About the Diversity Charter
The Diversity Charter is a voluntary initiative supported by the European Commission. The national Diversity Charter is in compliance with the Action Plan for the Prevention of All Forms of Discrimination for 2016-2019 under the auspices of the Ministry of Justice of the Slovak Republic and the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, and Family of the Slovak Republic.The Business Leaders Forum at the Pontis Foundation, which is the administrator of the Charter, organizes professional events focused on topics of diversity and inclusion and publishes practical recommendations for companies in these areas. In the past the association dealt with topics such as active ageing or support of the employment of the marginalized Roma. Recently, the forum, in cooperation with IBM, organized a seminar entitled Diver(SiTy): Women in Business. There are plans for an event on LGBTI in the autumn.
About the Pontis Foundation
The Pontis Foundation is one of the largest grant-awarding foundations in Slovakia. We support corporate and individual philanthropy, corporate volunteering and promote corporate social responsibility. We assist companies in devising and fulfilling their philanthropic strategies and managing their endowment funds. We develop corporate volunteering and pro bono assistance also thanks to the biggest corporate volunteering event in Central Europe Our City and the Pro Bono Marathon. We also administer the Business Leaders Forum, an association of responsible companies. We hand out annual Via Bona Slovakia Awards for corporate social responsibility. We also focus on developing individual philanthropy through the Great Country and Heart for Children programs. Through the Fund for a Transparent Slovakia we are also strategically involved in combating corruption. In education we focus on spreading innovative teaching approaches. We also promote a foreign policy of Slovakia and the European Union based on the values of democracy, respect for human rights and solidarity. Our projects are implemented in Kenya, Georgia, Belarus, Moldavia, Macedonia, and northern Kosovo.
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Slovakian Diversity Charter