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EQUAL@WORK  | June/ May 2019
ENAR’s Election Analysis - Ethnic minorities in the new European Parliament 2019-2025

This review encompasses (A) total racial, ethnic and religious minorities, or all of those racialised in their countries and (B) people of colour, all those racialised as ‘non-white’, with origins outside of Europe. Reviewing results from the 28 EU Member States amounting to 751 MEPs, we found that racial/ethnic minorities are hugely underrepresented according to proportion of population. Read More

Europe’s two-faced authoritarian right: ‘anti-elite’ parties serving big business interests

If the more pessimistic projections are to be believed, authoritarian right-wing politicians will do well in the upcoming European Parliament elections, reflecting a surge in EU scepticism and disillusionment with establishment parties, many of whom have overseen a decade or more of punishing austerity. Read More

ENAR's Equal@work Platform brings together employers from the public and private sector, social partners, NGOs, public authorities and political institutions to explore progressive ways to operate workplaces that are open, equal and free from discrimination.

Election Breakdown - Ethnic minority candidates in the 2019 European Parliament Elections
Without the UK, the number of diverse candidates drops to 149/6500 (2%). Sweden, France and Germany are likely to have 4 POC elected MEPs each. Ireland, Greece, Slovakia, Slovenia & Austria have zero POC. #EndracismEU #EUElections2019 #EP2019 #SocialEurope Read More
2019 STRATEGIC DIVERSITY MEASUREMENT SURVEY

Building on the insights from the Diversity Value Index, we want to take a deep dive into the strategic measurement practices for diversity.  In collaboration with Affirmity, we’ve created the 2019 Strategic Diversity Measurement Survey and are seeking information about your organization’s diversity measurement practices. To begin the survey, click here.

EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Hackathon Diversité, Pour la Solidarité, April-October. Read More
Online course: Fight against Racism, Xenophobia, Homophobia and Transphobia. Read More

7th Biennial Afroeuropeans Studies Conference: Black In/Visibilities Contested, 4-6/07/2019, Lisbon. Read More
Bootcamp campaign training for activists, 14-19/07/2019, London. Read More
Listen to Europe: Campaign and event calendar. Read More
Webinar: Dissemination Project of the Network IQ, 19/06/2019. Read More
Hire Immigrants at the International Metropolis Conference, 24-28/06/2019, Read More
ENAR NEWS
Book: Dimensions of Antigypsyism in Europe

A new book ‘Dimensions of Antigypsyism in Europe’, published by the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) and the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma, sheds light on the complex and different dimensions of this specific form of structural racism in Europe.

The book ‘Dimensions of Antigypsyism in Europe’, published by the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) and the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma, brings together a combination of academic and activist writing, based on practical experiences, to shed light on the multi-dimensional and complex phenomenon of antigypsyism. It uncovers how racialised discourses shape knowledge, policies, and racist practices and behaviours; analyses the role of European policies; and presents different case studies of structural discrimination against Roma in Europe. Read More

 
EQUAL@WORK PARTNERS IN THE SPOTLIGHT
L’Oreal Advertises Gender Diversity ‘Because Women are Worth It'
As reported in several publications, L’Oreal recently launched a series of advertisements that showcase creative interpretations of its products as a measurement of the power of female leaders. The displays are based on research that L’Oreal conducted with the advertising firm McCann Worldgroup Deutchland in Germany. Read More
We Need to Get Comfortable Talking about Race

Today, Sodexo, a leading global services company, hosted a breakfast event at the company’s London headquarters on the subject of Modern Racism in the Workplace in recognition of World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

The event brought together a range of experts, practitioners and interested parties from across industries to explore the attitude change and actions need to promote increased comfort in discussing the topic. The event was conceived in an era when getting race equality right in the UK is worth £24bn per year to the UK economy, (1.3% of GDP) [1]. Read More

Sodexo Named National Employer of the Year for Youth with Disabilities
 Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company committed to improving Quality of Life, was awarded today the National Employer of the Year recognition by the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities for its participation in the "Bridges from School to Work" program. This initiative engages employers, schools, community resources, youth and their families to help businesses meet their workforce needs while offering young people with disabilities the opportunity to learn, grow and succeed through employment. Sodexo received this award at the annual Bridges Recognition Dinner on June 11, 2019. Read More
How Fashion Schools Are Tackling the Sustainability Puzzle
Nancy Diniz has built a career turning microbes into material. Now, she wants to teach a new generation to unlock bacteria’s design potential.An architect by training, Diniz will lead Central Saint Martins’ newest programme: a masters in biodesign that will launch in the new academic year. The school’s ambition is to educate a future wave of designers and entrepreneurs who can break down barriers between disciplines and lead advances in bio-materials.Underpinning the course is an understanding that technological shifts and growing climate concerns will require a new way of thinking about and teaching design. Read More

BEST PRACTICES ON BUSINESS & INCLUSION

L'Oréal USA, Official Sponsor of WorldPride 2019, Launches "March for Me" Campaign

860 L'Oréal employees will march together in New York City on Sunday, June 30 on behalf of its 86,000 employees worldwide and people everywhere who cannot attend

The public is invited to take part in the March virtually by submitting photos and videos of themselves that will be broadcasted from the L'Oréal float. Read More

 
Inditex signs the Diversity Charter in Germany

Inditex has signed the Diversity Charter (Charta der Vielfalt), a voluntary commitment and an association under the patronage of the German Federal Chancellor that advocates a working environment free of prejudice.

Inditex is committed to providing an inclusive work environment that empowers all its employees without exception. We focus on creating a working environment where everyone will be accepted as they are, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, and nationality, among any other characteristics. Read More

NEWS FROM EUROPE & BEYOND
How fashion companies can avoid more blackface scandals
The Prada monkeys. The Gucci sweater. These fashion scandals sparked outcry from consumers, who pointed out that the different designs resemble blackface, the racist face-painting practice currently making headlines across the country. Gucci apologized, saying in a statement that "We are fully committed to increasing diversity throughout our organization and turning this incident into a powerful learning moment for the Gucci team and beyond." Prada removed the monkeys from stores and the keychains and charms are no longer available for purchase. Read More
New LGBTQ+ Tech Community Includes BoA, HP, PayPal

The world’s biggest community of LGBTQ+ tech professionals, Out in Tech, has formed a membership program to improve opportunities for LGBTQ+ individuals called Qorporate, according to a press release.

Founding members include Bank of America, Automattic, Snap, HP and PayPal. Read More

Hispanic Public Relations Association Announces 2019 Bravo! Awards Honorees

The National Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA) is proud to recognize the Coca-Cola Company's Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Lori George Billingsley, full-service agency Pinta's CEO Mike Valdés-Fauli, Univision's host of Aquí y Ahora, Teresa Rodríguez and We Are All Human Foundation led by Claudia Romo-Edelman for their work and leadership in advancing diversity within the public relations industry and upholding journalistic integrity. This year's awardees will be recognized alongside the top Hispanic public relations campaigns impacting an array of industry sectors. Read More
UPS Brings Commitment and Support to Pride Month
UPS is continuing its support for the LGBTQ community, and UPS employees are volunteering their own time in more than a dozen pride celebrations. The company is also extending its global commitment to diversity and inclusion by confirming support for two new initiatives and continuing to drive progress through business and community efforts. Read More
Prada creates diversity and inclusion council, invites Ava DuVernay & Theaster Gates

Prada has invited artist and activist Theaster Gates and writer, director and producer Ava DuVernay to join the company’s new Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council, which aims to bring prominent academic and cultural experts together to “elevate voices of color within the company and the fashion industry at large”. Prada intends for the Council to partner with universities and organizations to develop internship and apprenticeship incentives in diverse communities, so that the “inclusion gap” in the fashion industry is closed. “We will help ensure that the fashion world is reflective of the world in which we live”, said the label’s Chief Executive Officer and Lead Creative Director, Miuccia Prada, in a statement. The Italian fashion house will also sponsor scholarships and training programs in the United States and Prada offices worldwide. Read More

Why did none of the "Spitzenkandidaten" answer during the Maastricht debate with European Commission President candidates on 29 April?
Why did all of them ignore a question considered important by all minorities and pro social justice Europeans? Why do European politicians not want to address a real problem for so many people living in the EU? Watch the debate
Pushing for a world of equality and diversity
 Clarisse Spiteri from Bank of Valletta recently attended the BPW European Conference 2019 and Young Symposium together with a group of business and professional women from BPW Valletta Malta.The conference was organised by The International Federation of Business and Professional Women, which is a non-government organisation with consultative status with the United Nations and the Council of Europe, with affiliates in more than 100 countries over five continents. Read More
Six Ways Your Company Can Help Refugees

Over the past few years, we’ve seen some incredible momentum as the private sector has stepped up to support the millions of people fleeing conflict to safer haven. Thanks to the leadership of Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulakaya and the Tent Partnership for Refugees, companies like Starbucks, Ikea, and many others have committed to hiring thousands of refugees over the coming years. Others have donated millions to nonprofits supporting refugees, like the International Rescue Committee. That’s the good news. Read More

 
Volkswagen: Supporting Refugee Employment and SMEs

In German, Volkswagen stands for “car of the people”. In the city of Wolfsburg, where the company has its headquarters, this couldn’t be more true: Volkswagen has become the center of the city’s economic life – most companies and businesses, from family-owned automotive component suppliers to the farms producing meat for the “Volkswagen currywurst”, are in some way connected to Volkswagen. So, when these small and medium size companies (SMEs) were faced with daunting skill gaps, and the city’s refugee population was struggling to find employment, Volkswagen was motivated to step-in. In 2016, the company started a collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce and Wolfburg’s Federal Employment Agency, which provides job training and placements in Germany, to begin connecting unemployed refugees with companies in Wolfsburg who are searching for new employees and offering apprenticeship positions. Read More

Gender goals could ensure diversity on corporate boards

After years of raising awareness about the beneficial impacts of women’s presence on corporate boards of directors, fewer than 20% of such seats are filled by women. Cindy Schipani, the Merwin H. Waterman Collegiate Professor of Business Administration and professor of business law at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, says that a system of quotas like ones used in Europe would face legal obstacles in the United States. But there’s another way.  “Private employers should set gender goals to address past discrimination,” Schipani said. Read More

 
PUBLICATIONS
New leaflet: how to promote  inclusive employment ? 
Mental Health Europe, together with other European organisations, produced a new leaflet on how to encourage inclusive employment. Access to work on the open labour market is a right that persons with disabilities (including people with psychosocial disabilities) are entitled to enjoy equally to others. Read More
A New Home at Work: an Employer’s Guide to Fostering Inclusion for Refugees in the Workplace 
This guide draws on extensive primary, ethnographic research and established leading practices across diversity and inclusion and employee experience. Read More
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