19 Diversity Charters in the EU

Posted on December 19, 2017

From 2004 to date, 19 national Diversity Charters have been established across Europe aiming at encouraging companies to implement and develop diversity policies. The charter is a short document voluntarily signed by companies which outlines the commitment of the undersigning organization to promote diversity and equal opportunities in the workplace, regardless of, for example, age, disability, …

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What behaviour do you expect from others in your workplace?

Posted on December 12, 2017

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I like most have been reading numerous articles on sexual harassment, harassment and bullying over the last number of months. Just this morning I read two articles in one newspaper, one detailing the reasons the Financial Times awarded @SusanFowler the FT Person of the Year, the other listing some of the high-profile men who have been accused of workplace sexual harassment or assault. Seeing both …

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Why Consider Positive Action?

Posted on November 14, 2017

Who Experiences Discrimination In Ireland? 2017. ESRI & IHREC

I had a meeting recently, with Human Resource personnel in a medium sized company who were interested in the topic of Positive Action. Positive Action relates to activities aimed at reducing the disadvantage or under-representation experienced by those with any of the protected characteristics under the Equality Acts. In my experience it is often confused with positive discrimination and …

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8th EU Diversity Charter Forum - Leadership

Posted on November 09, 2017

8th EU Diversity Charter Forum

The 8th EU Diversity Charters Forum was opened by Jevgeni Ossinovski Minister of Health and Labour, Republic of Estonia, who led us to question human bias. We have he argued “ a natural cognitive mechanism, but the criteria for thinking about people are socially constructed. So how do we address the artificial reducing of the differences within groups, and amplification of the differences …

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Posted on October 31, 2017


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Integration in Action: Businesses and Local Authorities

Posted on April 07, 2017

In a week when the census figures are released to show that 11.6% of our population were non-Irish nationals, diversity is a topic of discussion again. Some of the discussion has focused on nationality, and while this a limited lens through which to look at diversity the discussions do highlight the need to talk about good practice that we can learn from.  Company Integration Initiatives in …

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Lessons from the 7th EU Diversity Charter Forum

Posted on March 22, 2017

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The European Commission, Equality Strategies Ltd, Diversity Charter Ireland and the Department of Justice and Equality in Ireland ran the 7th international diversity conference in Dublin Castle in October 2016. Over 150 participants from across Europe attended the conference. The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald TD and the Minister David Stanton, TD Minister of …

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Ireland hosted the 7th EU Diversity Charters’ Forum #DiversityEU

Posted on October 17, 2016

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We were delighted to partner with EU Commission DG-Justice and the Department of Justice and Equality in Ireland to deliver the 7th annual EU diversity conference in Dublin Castle in October 2016. This prestigious international forum brought together business leaders, social activists, policy makers and diversity and inclusion practitioners to explore some of the enduring questions facing …

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Commissioner Jourová – Women on Boards Directive ‘Pending’

Posted on September 07, 2016

EU Commissioner Jourová outlines her position on gender quotas and the business case for more women on boards. She has given a strong hint that the EU Directive is still on the table. She called on businesses to take action even though the directive is ‘pending’. Calling on businesses to take action to increase the number of women on their executive and managerial boards,@VeraJourova …

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Worrying Lack of Insight among Irish CEO’s

Posted on July 15, 2016

In the survey of CEO’s carried out in April-May this year by PWC Ireland, while workplace culture and behaviour tops the list (53%) for Irish CEO’s to attract talent, diversity and inclusion is at a mere 18%. 41% of global CEO’s identified change in workplace culture and behaviour and 22% diversity and inclusion. It would be dangerous to interpret the difference, for example to say that …

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