Ireland: Dublin will host the 7th Annual Forum of Diversity Charters in October
Earlier this year an online survey was undertaken amongst the Charter members. It was the first time such a survey has been undertaken in Ireland. While the numbers involved were small, the survey helped to provide an initial profile picture of DCI and diversity in action. In particular, it highlighted the need to build awareness of the diversity work in Irish enterprises, to examine metrics for the measurement of progress, address training needs and to look at ways that the impact of the Charter could be improved in organisations.
In April, a very successful signing event was hosted by Eir, during which five new organisations joined the Irish Charter. This brings the number of organisations currently involved in Diversity Charter Ireland (DCI) to 34. Active recruitment of new members continues with additional signing events planned for later this year.
DCI members have also organised a number of diversity events in the upcoming months. Vodafone hosted a 'Vodafone and International Women’s day celebration' event in March, while in May Citi hosted a diversity and inclusion event as part of the company’s global wide Diversity Week. The event featured presentations from Citi employees involved in a range of diversity initiatives, followed by an opportunity for discussion and networking over coffee. Equality Strategies attended a signatory event in Warsaw as part of Diversity Day in Poland on May 24th, and delivered a workshop on managing age in the workplace.
Preparations continue for the 7th Annual Forum of Diversity Charters, which will be hosted in Dublin for the first time this October. Building on feedback from DCI members and colleagues involved in other DCI charters in Europe, this year’s theme focuses on demonstrating the value of the diversity message and selling it more effectively. European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Vĕra Jourová and the Irish Minister for Justice and Equality are expected to join the event.
The first ever EU-wide Journalist Diversity Awards have recently been established and we are delighted that the inaugural awards ceremony has been scheduled to coincide with the conference in Dublin. The awards will be presented at the pre-conference dinner on the evening of October 17, which journalists from 28 member states will be attending. The thematic focus of articles for consideration this year is “Promoting social acceptance and diversity of all faiths and beliefs”.
Irish Diversity Charter