The launch of the National Diversity Charter of Cyprus took place on January 28, 2019 at the Headquarters of the Cyprus Telecommunication Authority (CYTA). CYTA is a semi-governmental organization and is the main telecommunication provider of Cyprus. CYTA was interested in signing the Diversity Charter from its very first stages and after the launch event it has now become the first organization to sign the National Diversity Charter of Cyprus. Prior to the launch event, an invitation was prepared by CYTA in collaboration with CSI (Annex I) and was sent out to all the managers of the various department of CYTA, as well as to TV stations and radio channels. On the day of the launch event, which took place on the Main Board Room at the Headquarters of CYTA, all the company’s department managers, HR managers, HR personnel, as well as 5 TV stations, 1 radio channel, and journalists were present.
The launch event started with a welcome address by Mr. Theodoulos Makriyiannis, Director of the Corporate Social Responsibility unit of CYTA, who greeted everyone and explained what the event was about. Then, CYTA’s Executive Director, Mr. Andreas Neokleous gave a speech, highlighting the significance of the Diversity Charter and the impact that this will have on the CYTA at the strategic level. Mr. Neokleous’ speech was followed by the presentation of DIMAIN and the Diversity charter, which was delivered by Mr. Demetris Hadjisofocli, Executive Director of the Center for Social Innovation. The National Diversity Charter of Cyprus was then signed by Mr. Neokleous and the floor opened for discussion and questions from the audience. The discussion mostly revolved around actions that CYTA is willing to take in order to implement the Diversity Charter, and encourage other organizations to do the same.
The ceremony ended with a small reception, which gave the opportunity for networking and also for follow-up questions to be discussed with the audience.