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, gender, race or ethnic origin, religion or sexual orientation. In 2010, Diversity Charters from across Europe came together to create an EU-level platform funded by the European Commission under the project ‘Support for voluntary initiatives promoting diversity management at the workplace across the EU’. The platform now consists of 19 Diversity Charters from the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden.

Diversity Charter Austria

The Austrian “Charta der Vielfalt” was launched in November 2010 as an initiative of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber and the Vienna Economic Chamber. From 11 signatory companies at the beginning, the Charter has grown now to over 215 signatories, including companies from both private and public sectors.

The charter’s objectives are to combat discrimination in multiple areas such as gender, age, ethnical affiliation, skin colour, disability, sexual orientation, religion and values. With their signatures, companies, organisations and public entities formally express their appreciation and respect for diversity. They commit to carry out measures to promote diversity internally and externally https://www.wko.at

Diversity Charter Brussels-Capital Region

The Brussels-Capital Region Diversity Charter was launched in December 2005 by Benoît Cérexhe, the Minister for Employment and Economy, in collaboration with the Union of Enterprises in Brussels (UEB) and the Ministry of the Brussels-Capital Region. By signing the Diversity Charter, a company, non-profit organisation or public service makes five commitments, from promoting the principle of non-discrimination in all its forms in human resources management to the introduction of a diversity plan with concrete actions to promote diversity. There are 162 signatories to the Brussels Charter, with 75 companies engaged in a diversity plan http://www.actiris.be/diversite/tabid/890/language/nl-BE/Diversiteit.aspx

Diversity Charter Czech Republic

The Czech Diversity Charter was launched in November 2014 by Michaela Marksová, the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs with 21 signatory companies. The signatories include some of the biggest multinational organisations: IBM Czech Republic, Microsoft Czech Republic, Sodexo, O2. The Charter is run by the Business for Society, Czech Republic (Byznys pro společnost), national association for corporate responsibility and sustainability. By signing the Diversity Charter, the signatories commit to maintaining a workplace environment that is open to all, irrespective of their gender, race, skin colour, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, world views, disability, age or sexual orientation http://diverzita.cz/

Diversity Charter Croatia

The Diversity Charter Croatia was launched on 4 October 2017 with 34 signatory companies. Diversity Charter Croatia is run by the Croatian Business Council for Sustainable Development (HR BCSD). Ambassadors of the Croatian Diversity Charter are Gordana Kovačević, president the board of Ericsson Nikola Tesla, Marinko Došen, president of the board of AD Plastik, Goran Ražnjević, president of the board of Ilirija Biograd, John Gasparac, president of the board of PwC Croatia and Daria Mateljak, director of Hauska & Partner www.raznolikost.hr

Diversity Charter Denmark

The Danish Charter for Diversity is the unifying body of several regional and local charters in Denmark. The Copenhagen Diversity Charter was launched in 2011 and reached 500 signatories in less than two years. In 2014 the experiences from Copenhagen are passed on to the second and third city of Denmark, Aarhus and Odense, who are establishing diversity charters of their own reaching 640 signatories together. Smaller cities are expected to follow in creating local charters. The secretariat for the Danish Charter for Diversity are providing knowledge, tools and network for the local charters as well as facilitating exchange of experiences both at the national and European level. The Association New Dane, who have been working with diversity management in Danish business life since 1998, established the Danish Charter for Diversity with support from the Danish Ministry for Children, Gender Equality, Integration and Social Affairs www.mangfoldighedscharter.dk

Diversity Charter Estonia

The Estonian Diversity Charter was launched at a conference in November 2012 by the Tallinn University of Technology. The 52 companies currently signed up include some of the biggest and best-known in Estonia – including Swedbank Estonia, Selver, Microsoft Estonia and Kaubamaja – as well as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In addition to the launch of the Charter at a two-day conference, a publicity campaign was developed to promote the Business Case for Diversity, featuring video clips, outdoor advertising and media promotion www.erinevusrikastab.ee

Diversity Charter Finland

The Diversity Charter Finland was launched in October 2012 with 18 signatory companies. The Charter is run by FIBS, the leading corporate responsibility network in Finland. Organisations signing the Charter promise to offer equal opportunities, recognise and utilise individual competences and needs, have fair HR and customer management systems and communicate the goals and achievements of their diversity management to stakeholders. FIBS provides the signatory organisations with know-how, tools and networking opportunities, which aim to increase organisations’ capabilities to manage diversity and inclusion. Currently there are 120 organisations that have signed the Charter. The majority of signatories are private companies, but the public sector is also represented http://www.fibsry.fi/

Diversity Charter France

The French Diversity Charter, launched in October 2004 on Claude Bébéar, CEO of Axa initiative and signed by 33 companies, was the first of its kind to be established in Europe inspiring other initiatives across Europe. By signing a company agrees to implement each of the six articles in the Charter, from raising awareness about diversity among staff involved in the recruitment processes to dedicating a chapter in the organisation’s annual report to the concrete diversity measures undertaken. In this way, the Charter commits the signatory companies to carry out tangible actions to promote diversity. The signatory company also agrees to report on the actions it has performed in the previous year in an online questionnaire every two years. There are currently more than 3 600 signatories to the French Charter, 80% small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). But the charter includes also more and more public institutions. The charter is hosted by Les entreprises pour la Cité, a French organisation working with 250 companies engaged in promoting Corporate Social Responsibility http://www.charte-diversite.com/

Diversity Charter Germany

The German 'Charta der Vielfalt' was launched by four German multinationals in December 2006 with the support of Maria Böhmer, the Federal Government’s Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration at the time. Inspired by the French Charter, the German Charter covers 9 fields of discrimination: gender, race, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, philosophy, physical ability, age, sexual orientation and identity. The patron of the German Charter is Chancellor Angela Merkel. The number of signatories has now grown to 2,200 organisations with more than 7.4 million employees. More than half of the signatories belong to the private sector, 18% are large corporations, and 16% are from the public sector. The Charter association is funded by Adidas group, BASF, Bayer, BMW, BP Europa, Commerzbank, Daimler, Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Post, Deutsche Telekom, Ernst & Young, E.ON, Ford, GE Germany, Henkel, Metro, Siemens, OSRAM and the Federal Government’s Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration www.charta-der-vielfalt.de

Diversity Charter Hungary

The Diversity Charter Hungary was launched in October 2016 with 50 signatories. Primary goal of the charter is to represent the diversity of the Hungarian society in the workforce and create equality and a discrimination-free environment. The charter is run by HBLF with the professional support of mtd Consulting. The number of the 2017 signatories were close to last year’s numbers. Some names of multinationals or public bodies members in the charter: Shell Hungary, Magyar Telekom, IBM Hungary, Bosch Hungary, Legrand, British Petrol, Vodafone Hungary, Heineken Hungary, Schneider Electric Hungary https://sokszinusegikarta.hu/sokszinusegi-karta-2/

Diversity Charter Ireland

The Diversity Charter Ireland was launched in October 2012 by eleven founding companies: An Post, Dell, Dublin Bus, Dublin City University, ESB, Equality Strategies, Irish Business and Employers Confederation, Permanent TSB, Rehab, Sodexo, Telefonica 3 Ireland. There are 51 members in the Diversity Charter Ireland. Signatories, as a community of Diversity and Inclusion practitioners, are uniquely placed to build best practice in managing diversity, preventing discrimination and promoting equality in the workplace. In signing the Diversity Charter, organisations in Ireland join their counterparts across Europe in publicly stating their commitment to promote effective diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We are business led partnership of employers that seek to improve the equality and diversity competency of all stakeholders involved. We estimate that our companies cover over 100,000 employees in Ireland. Thus far we have run a number of annual Irish National Diversity Days, with celebration activities in enterprises all over Ireland and held annual networking meetings, with master-class inputs. We are actively involved in the EU Diversity Charter Platform www.equalitystrategies.ie

Diversity Charter Italy

The Italian Charter for Equal Opportunities and Equality at Work, supported by the Italian Minister of Labour and the Minister of Equal Opportunities, was launched by the National Councellor for Equal Opportunities of the Ministry of Labour, Fondazione Sodalitas and a Steering Committee of Promoters: AIDDA, AIDAF, Impronta Etica and UCID. The Charter covers all fields of discrimination: gender, age, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and religion, with a particular focus on gender equality at work. The 10 concrete actions listed by the Charter are relating to the priorities identified by the EU, with particular emphasis on creating and improving female employment policies. A questionnaire monitors the implementation of the 10 actions and the impact of best practices adopted. About 600 private enterprises (including around 450 SMEs) and 200 public authorities, employing more than 700 000, had signed the Charter http://www.sodalitas.it/fare/lavoro-e-inclusione/carta-per-le-pari-opportunita-e-luguaglianza-sul-lavoro

Diversity Charter Luxembourg

The Diversity Charter Lëtzebuerg was launched in September 2012 by IMS Luxembourg (Inspiring More Sustainability), thanks to the support of the five privileged partners: the Ministry for Family, Integration and the Greater Region (OLAI), PwC Luxembourg, Deutsche Bank Luxembourg, RBC Investor and Treasury Services and Sodexo. Together, these partners form the Committee for the Diversity Charter Lëtzebuerg. The Charter contributes to Luxembourg’s progress in the field of diversity management and integration. It supports the signatories in their commitment to implement diversity beyond the mere legal obligations. From 40 signatories at the beginning, the Charter has reached now 164 signing companies, from both private and public sectors, employing more than 58 140 employees (15 % of labour force). Signatories include the City of Luxembourg, Centre Hospitalier Luxembourg, RBC Investor Services, PwC Luxembourg, BGL BNP Paribas, Press Group Maison Moderne. The Patron of the Diversity Charter Lëtzebuerg is Mrs Corinne Cahen, the Minister of Family Affairs and Integration http://www.chartediversite.lu

Diversity Charter Poland

The Polish Diversity Charter was launched in February 2012 by the Responsible Business Forum in collaboration with the Office of the Government Plenipotentiary for Equal Treatment and the Office of the Polish Human Rights Defender. The Charter document, which exceeds the regulations of the Polish Labour Code, was created in collaboration with public administration, non-profit organisations, trade unions and business representatives. The main objectives of the Charter are: promoting diversity management in Poland and creating tools and guidance for companies, public institutions and non-profit organisations to implementation diversity management in the workplace; organizing events and education programmes for signatories. The first Diversity Charter signatories were Orange Polska (the main partner of the Polish Diversity Charter), Aviva, British American Tobacco, Danone, Deloitte, Grupa Orbis, Grupa Żywiec, Kompania Piwowarska, L’Oréal Polska, NUTRICIA, Provident Polska, PwC, Totalizator Sportowy and Unilever. Those were joined among others by ArcelorMittal Poland, Bank BPH, Carrefour Polska, CEMEX Polska, EDF Polska, Grupa Saint-Gobain, Henkel Polska, KPMG, Sephora Polska, Siemens and T-mobile Polska. The Polish Diversity Charter has 195 signatories, including five municipalities: Słupsk, Poznań, Częstochowa, Lower Silesian (Wrocław), Gdańsk http://odpowiedzialnybiznes.pl/karta-roznorodnosci/

Diversity Charter Portugal

The Portuguese Diversity Charter was officially launched on March 31st 2016, with 80 signatories (profit and non-profit, public and private organizations). Since then, they have achieved 188 signatory organisations this month (from all sectors and sizes). The promotion of the Charter is the responsibility of GRACE Corporate Citizenship (non-profit entity), ACM, I.P.: Portuguese High Commission for Migration (public entity), CIG: Portuguese Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality (public entity), CITE: Portuguese Commission for Equality in Labour and Employment (public entity), INR, I.P.: National Rehabilitation Institute (public entity) and Aga Khan Foundation, Portugal (non-profit entity). Some of the activities of the Portuguese Diversity Charter include, 4 working groups actively involving 60 organisations (meetings every month), promoting a collaborative enviroment that has been very important for the engagement and sustainability, diversity awards with 29 applications, annual event (Diversity Forum), two self- assessment tools www.cartadiversidade.pt

Diversity Charter Slovakia

The Slovak Diversity Charter was launched in May 2017 . The Charter was signed by first signatories : 16 companies and 2 NGOs. It 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 Slovak Diversity Charter is administrated by The Business Leaders Forum at the Pontis Foundation. By signing the Diversity Charter, the signatories commit to respect diversity and an inclusive approach in the workplace, to equally foster an inclusive culture by creating a work environment that values and understands differences and that is founded on fairness, openness and trust, where people feel that they belong, that people are respected and heard http://www.chartadiverzity.sk/

Diversity Charter Spain

The Spanish Diversity Charter was launched in March 2009 by the European Institute of Diversity Management and Alares Foundation with the support of the Spanish Ministry of Equal Opportunities. More than 800 companies have now signed the Diversity charter in Spain, including PSA Peugeot Citroën, DKV, EMC2, Orange, Novartis, Iberdrola, Grupo Alares, Citi, Allianz, AXA, Grupo Femxa, Caixa Bank, Ferrer, Hospital Plato, with organizations from both the private and public sector. The companies that voluntarily sign of the Diversity Charter pledge to respect the current regulations on equal opportunities and anti-discrimination. In addition, signatories pledge to abide by a number of basic principles such as; providing equal opportunities and promoting diversity in the workplace, progress in the construction of a diverse workforce: the company should promote the integration of people with diverse profiles (regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, beliefs, age, disability, etc.) www.fundaciondiversidad.org

Diversity Charter Sweden

The Diversity Charter Sweden is a non-profit association that was initiated in December 2010 by Skanska, Volvo Cars, Axfood, A-Search, Novartis, Scandic, L’Oréal, Sodexo, Managing Diversity and Lectia. Today, the signatories include organisations from private as well as public sectors, large companies and also small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Avarn, Ericsson, Scandic, Skanska, Sodexo and the Royal Institute of Technology are a few examples. The Diversity Charter Sweden highlights the benefits of cultural, demographic and social inclusion within organisations, and supports the implementation of policies and processes to strengthen a work environment which is free of bias and discrimination. Based on the Swedish discrimination legislation — which protects gender, age, ethnical affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and religion — the Charter has a broad definition of diversity, viewing all differences as assets. The objective is to strengthen competitiveness and business benefits for companies and organisations. The Charter view diversity and inclusion as a driving force to develop businesses as well as the society at large http://www.diversitycharter.se/

Diversity Charter the Netherlands

On 2 July 2015 the Diversity Charter was officially presented in The Hague. The 103 employers currently signed up the Dutch Charter include big and medium enterprises like Schiphol airport, Shell, Rabobank and Computerfutures. Various organisations in the public sector like the city of Amsterdam, 12 ministries and several fire departments also signed. Together the signatories add to a movement aiming to improve diversity at the work and focusing on gender, LHBTI, culture and ethnicity, age and health. The Diversity Charter is an essential part of the project Diversity at Work, an initiative of the Labour Foundation. Being a national consultative body its members are the three peak trade union federations and three peak employers’ associations in the Netherlands. Through this project the Dutch Labour Foundation wants to support employers and employees in the public and private sector in their efforts to increase diversity in their businesses and work towards a more inclusive environment http://diversiteitinbedrijf.nl/





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