Diversity charters are among the latest in a series of voluntary diversity initiatives aimed at encouraging companies to implement and develop diversity policies.

A diversity charter consists of a short document voluntarily signed by a company or a public institution, in which it outlines the measures it will undertake to promote diversity and equal opportunities in the workplace, regardless of race or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender, age, disability and religion.

The diversity policies developed within companies adhering to a diversity charter recognise, understand and value people’s similarities and differences as representing huge potential sources of innovation, problem-solving, customer focus etc.

EU-level exchange platform

The European Commission recognises that diversity charters can contribute to fighting discrimination in the workplace and to promoting equality. Therefore it is funding a platform for EU-level exchange between organisations promoting and implementing national diversity charters. The platform is part of a larger project which aims at supporting voluntary initiatives promoting diversity management in the workplace.

The EU-level exchange platform allows the promoters of the existing diversity charters to meet on a regular basis, to share their experiences and develop common tools. In 2010, three working groups were established on the following topics: setting up and launching a diversity charter; tools to help signatory companies setting up their diversity charters; and attracting and supporting SMEs to participate in diversity charters.

Diversity charters across the EU
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Belgium
France
Germany
Italy
Spain
Sweden
Austria

Netherlands – different charter:  “Talent to the top – women charter

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Know of other charters or similar initatives in countries in europe? Let us know so we can update the information here.

Source: http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=915&langId=en

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