Welcome to the fifth issue of the EU Platform of Diversity Charters newsletter!

The fifth edition of the EU Platform newsletter provides you with an insight into the LGBTI anti-discrimination in European companies, how to fight against xenophobia and help migrants and refugees to integrate into the EU labour market. In addition, you will find updates from our diversity network and our recent events.

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Feature articles
The EU Platform of Diversity Charters met in Brussels to discuss age diversity, the role of social partners in promoting diversity at the workplace and the integration of migrants in the labour market
by CSR Europe
The latest EU Platform of Diversity Charters meeting took place in Brussels on 09-10 February, hosted by DG Justice and Consumers of the European Commission. The meeting gathered representatives from the 17 Diversity Charters, experts from the European Commission and NGOs to discuss the trends and know-how on today’s diversity management.
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Europe should take the lead on LGBTI anti-discrimination
by Lucinda Pearson, CSR Europe

This year, there have been major shifts in the global political sphere. Since then, the media has been flooded with stories of a rise in hate and discrimination, following on from what we saw after the Brexit vote. The world is yet to grasp how these changes, especially those on the other side of the Atlantic, will affect the rights of the LGBTI community, not only in the US but also around the world. 

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Charter updates
Austria: Insight into the world of HR managers
During this year's programme of mentoring for migrants, the mentees and their mentors could once again gain exclusive insight into the world of personnel. Four experienced recruiting experts gave tips and tricks on the application process. These included Katarina Bijelic, head of HR services & development at “Schönherr Rechtsanwälte”, Dr. Frank Preissler, Human Resources Director at “Liebherr Transportation Systems GmbH & Co AG”, Birgit Sciborsky, lawyer, mediator and HR consultant, “DOPEG GmbH” and Mag. Monika Sternathova, HR and career manager, “Erste Bank der österreichische Sparkassen AG”.
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Czech Republic: Supportive corporate culture and benefits for LGBTI employees

Open corporate culture, benefits and other topics connected to LGBTI diversity were discussed at our last meeting with companies in February 2017. The meeting was a part of the Pride Business Forum initiatives that connect companies, LGBTI employee resource groups and the Czech diversity charter. Almost 30 people participated in the meeting, which was organised by Czech Diversity Charter (Business for Society), Prague Pride (the largest Czech LGBTI organization) and Vodafone Czech Republic.

 

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Denmark: Finnish & Danish Diversity Charter Benchmarking and Peer Exchange Study Visit to Copenhagen
On 26-27 January 2017, the Finnish and Danish diversity charters met for a study visit in Copenhagen, funded by the European Commission through the small scale grant. The visit strengthened cooperation between the two diversity charters and was an opportunity for the participating signatory companies to benchmark with their peers from another Nordic country as well as learn best practice.
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Estonia: Overcoming xenophobia in the workplace: practical tips for employers
A seminar was held on 6 September 2016 for members of the Estonian Diversity Charter and other interested employers on the topic of xenophobia and intolerance in the working environment.
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Finland: Rapper Princess Nokia speaks out about equal treatment
Structural racism has been all over the Finnish news since the American rapper Princess Nokia performed in Helsinki last week. During her performance, she asked women and people of colour to move to the front row while white men were asked to remain in the back rows. With this act, she wanted to visualize the society’s prevalent power structures and create a safe place for people from different minority groups.
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France: Religious diversity management at the workplace
The topic of religion diversity is becoming of greater importance due to the huge migratory flows. This raises the matter of integration and inclusion in every aspect of life, including in the labour market. In addition, international tensions, especially around radicalised movements, could contribute to the rise of extremism and xenophobia with, as a consequence, greater discrimination in recruitment and management processes of different ethnic groups.
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Germany: Information platform for people who have fled their homes

www.handbookgermany.de informs about living and working in Germany.

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Italy: From age management to life-course management
On the 29th of November 2016, Fondazione Sodalitas organised a workshop on demographic trends and the future of employment. The event was open to HR, CSR and Diversity Managers and was focused on the issue of age management and relations between different generations at the workplace.
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Luxembourg: Overcoming the declarations of intent
The Committee for the Diversity Charter Lëtzebuerg, in collaboration with the LISER (Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research), presented the results of the second “Diversity & Business Lëtzebuerg” barometer, during a press conference, on Monday 28 of November.
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Poland: Two Polish cities sign the Diversity Charter
On November 17, Jacek Jaśkowiak President of the city of Poznań, signed the Diversity Charter. On behalf of the municipality office he declared that he would be implementing diversity management and anti-discrimination policies in Poznan City Hall.
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Portugal: Portuguese Diversity Charter 2017 Plenary Meeting
Almost a year after the official launch of the Portuguese Diversity Charter, on 31 March 2015, where 80 organisations publicly signed their commitment with diversity, 110 organisations from all sectors have committed to this movement.
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Spain: For the second consecutive year Fundación Diversidad holds the Diversity Business Management Acknowledgements

These acknowledgements aim at recognising initiatives which incorporate diversity management models that focus on; integration, equal opportunities for all employees and sustainability. As part of the eligibility criteria, it was an essential requirement to be a signatory of the Diversity Charter.

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Sweden: ADHA, Aspergers syndrome, Autism and Toruettes syndrome at work - becoming a better leader and colleague in recognising talents.
Many of us may have experience of colleagues or employees that are exceptionally structured, creative or having in-depth skills in a very specific area.  These are skills that are beyond others and are often of great value when we recognise them, however a different working environment may be demanded for an individual in order to perform. As a leader this can be challenging to arrange and may cause discussions among other employees. Co-operation can take longer to develop. Colleagues may be challenged to accept other routines or “rules” for some.
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The Netherlands: Towards an inclusive workplace
How does a culturally diverse workplace grow into an inclusive work environment? Employees with non-Dutch ethnic backgrounds tend to leave organisations faster due to a lack of inclusion. These employees are often confronted with prejudice, are less likely to promote and do not feel at home in the workplace. This not only affects employee morale but also productivity and leads to a loss of talent and profit for the company. The question, which then arises, is how to create an inclusive environment where every employee feels comfortable and valued.
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