The Diversity Charter is a voluntary initiative aiming at encouraging companies or public institutions to implement and develop diversity and inclusion policies. They outline what the organization does - and will do - to promote those policies at the workplace. Most importantly, Diversity Charters are a valuable asset in fighting discrimination and promoting equality at work.
The first step into Diversity Charter was made in January, 2004: French Diversity Charter was the very first document established in Europe regarding the diversity at the workplace. In 2010, the Diversity Charters from across the EU came together to work as the EU level exchange Diversity Charter Platform. Currently, Diversity Charters are launched in 22 EU countries (read more).
The “Practical Guide to Diversity Charter” (Guide) is developed as part of the DIMAIN project and aims to introduce benefits of the diversity and its management at the workplace, as well as covers good practices from companies along with testimonials. Overall, Guide aims to encourage to take actions in order to promote social inclusion within the workplace.
The Guide is localized to national context of each partner country, thus four different versions of the Guide are available in three different partners languages (Lithuanian, Latvian, Greek) as well as in English.
The Guide is broken into two main parts: I Part Why Diversity? is transferable and common, while II Part is dedicated to national Diversity Charter of partner country, thus localized and presents national Diversity Charter.
The Guide is addressed to organizations in general and theirs CEOs, personnel and human resource (HR) managers in particular and aims to:
- raise awareness on diversity management and its benefits for the organizations
- present Diversity Charter and encourage to become a member of Diversity Charter community
- share good practices on diversity management in the organizations