The latest EU Platform of Diversity Charters meeting took place in Paris on June 15-16, 2017. The meeting gathered representatives from the 18 Diversity Charters, experts from the European Commission and a company representative to discuss the most recent trends in today’s diversity management.
Nowadays, hiring and retaining the best talent has become a priority for most companies across Europe. Yet, to ensure the selection of diverse talent, HR policies and practices often need to be drastically reviewed to be more in line with the company’s diversity targets. In order to understand what the main challenges that big multinationals face in this process, Ms. Dalia Turner, HR Director from Microsoft Portugal, was invited as guest speaker to share her experiences and some best practices from her company with the audience.
Moreover, participants also discussed the successful integration of third-country nationals with Ms. Agnese Papadia, Policy Officer at the European Commission, DG HOME. As a matter of fact, on May 23, 2017, the European Commission launched a new initiative called “Employers together for integration” to give visibility to what employers are doing to support the integration of refugees and other migrants into the EU labour market. Many possible synergies between this new measure and the activities already implemented by the Diversity Charters in this field have been identified.
Finally, the participants also exchanged views on how to fight stereotypes and prejudice in diverse teams, highlighting the importance of developing concrete strategies that companies can implement to minimise the effects of conscious and unconscious biases and prevent discrimination.
Background information on the Diversity Charters:
Diversity Charters in Europe are national networks of companies and organisations that recognise and value diversity as a business strategy and have, by putting people first, regardless of their gender, race, age, religion, sexual preferences or physical disability, an advantage in a competitive market. The Diversity Charters’ aim as a community is to promote diversity in the workplace to boost competitiveness and promote equality and employee well-being.
The platform currently consists of 18 Diversity Charters from the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Slovakia and Sweden.
For more information on the EU Platform of Diversity Charters, click here or contact JUST-D1@ec.europa.eu.