European Charters First Meeting Madrid 2019.

Posted on February 06, 2019

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The gathering of European Charters in Madrid began with an opening address from the patron of the Spanish Charter, Mercedes Pescador. Her message of respect for all, set the tone for a constructive and productive meeting. On the agenda for this meeting was disability, generational diversity and the proposal to examine establishing a European Diversity Charter that companies could sign. …

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Flexibility at Work - The Communication Challenge.

Posted on October 04, 2018

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Most companies believe they have a culture of flexibility, but what does that mean? We know it’s best for all when a company creates a culture where employees can do their best work. This means a culture where employees bring their ‘whole-selves’ to work. But it also means understanding what we need to do to create ‘employee friendly’ working arrangements. A workplace is a living …

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Legislation to Address Pay Transparency and Gender - Scheme of the Bill Published

Posted on August 15, 2018

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I have had a number of meetings with companies recently who are looking to take action to promote diversity and inclusion in their organisations. At each of these meetings I have stressed the need to be aware of the external drivers for action, one of which is the move for legislation to provide for pay transparency that is proposed this year. The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie …

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Diversity Charter Ireland Three New Signatories

Posted on August 02, 2018

DCI Signing July 2018 CCS, DIT & IKEA

On July the 19th we welcomed three new organisations to the Irish Diversity Charter, CCS, DIT and IKEA. It brings our number to 54 companies in Ireland who have signed the Charter. The Diversity Charter is a public statement of commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion. By signing companies commit to do all they can to improve their internal initiatives and collaborate to raise awareness of …

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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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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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