Diversity Charters Across the EU

by ERIO on September 11th, 2015


EU Platform of Diversity Charters connects the 14 existing Diversity Charter in the EU (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Spain and Sweden) to facilitate the exchange of best practices and to support the Diversity Charters movement in Europe. The EU exchange platform allows the existing Charters to meet on a regular basis to share their experiences and develop common tools and know-how.

Diversity is a core value of the European Union. Companies and organisations that recognise and value diversity as a business strategy by putting people first, regardless of their gender, race, age, religion, sexual preferences or physical disability, have an advantage in a competitive market. The EU aims to promote diversity in the workplace to boost competitiveness and to promote equality and the wellbeing of its citizens. 

In the past years several diversity charters have been established in the European Union. They are voluntary initiatives that encourage companies to implement and develop diversity policies. By signing the diversity charter document, companies and public institutions commit to undertaking measures to promote diversity and equal opportunities at the workplace. The entities that have signed this document understand that diversity management in the workplace delivers great benefits in terms of recruitment and staff retention, creativity, problem-solving and customer engagement. In 2010, the European Commission launched the EU Platform of Diversity Charters to provide support and guidance to current and candidate charters.

The European Commission and the EU Platform of Diversity Charters have produced material containing evidence of the business case of diversity and management aspects of diversity in business.

The latest Eurobarometer survey, carried out in 27 EU Member States, Discrimination in the EU in 2012, revealed that there is widespread support among Europeans for training employees and employers on diversity issues (79%), monitoring recruitment procedures (76%) and monitoring the composition of the workforce (69%).

In the framework of the project "Support for voluntary initiatives promoting diversity management at the workplace across the EU", the European Commission gives visibility to the work of the Charters and the business case of diversity by organising High Level Events, regular meetings with the Diversity Charters and produces documents on diversity management.

High Level Events aim to raise awareness of the value of diversity strategies among influential policy makers and connect them to business representatives. The event takes place in the form of an interactive conference to build a greater understanding of the contribution that diversity can make to meet common challenges in the EU in the employment area.

Here you can read some key moments from the Diversity Charters from several EU member states.

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