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EQUAL@WORK  | December 2019
AI, Algorithms & Recruitment: Equal@work seminar
ENAR's Equal@work seminar on the issue of "AI, Algorithms and Recruitment" discussed how Artificial Intelligence can discriminate racialised people and reinforce existing bias and structural discrimination in the labour market. We also explored how employers can avoid discrimination and use new technologies to improve diversity. Read More - See the photos

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.

What can the EU institutions do to improve racial diversity? 
We outline the steps needed in our roadmap to racial diversity by 2024. Read More
Inroads to entrepreneurship: Local strategies to support immigrant business and local prosperity. Webinar, 23/01/2020. Read More
Formation 10 jours: De la diversité à l’inclusion dans le monde professionnel, BePax, from October 2019 to June 2020, Namur, Belgium. Read More
Online course: Fight against Racism, Xenophobia, Homophobia and Transphobia. Read More
TELL MAMA reporting app on Measuring Anti-Muslim AttacksRead More
Race and Mental Health at Work Toolkit
Racism and structural inequalities intersect with mental health. On #WorldMentalHealthDay, our new Equal@work toolkit on race and mental health at work explores these intersections and how we can ensure wellbeing and equality for all workers. Read More
Inditex appoints new head of sustainability in full ‘eco’ push
The person in charge of the division will be Javier Losada, up until now responsible of management. Inditex shapes a new team to lead its turn towards sustainability. At the last annual shareholders meeting, the executive chairman of the group, Pablo Isla, shared the company’s new roadmap in terms of sustainability, which involves increasing the use of recycled or sustainable materials and progressively reducing waste by 2025. Félix Poza has taken over the area of diversity, inclusion and equality, framed within the human resources division headed by Begoña López. Read More
L'Oréal défend les droits humains
Le 10 décembre est la journée internationale des Droits Humains. Cette année, nous voulons partager ce que les Droits Humains signifient à L’Oréal et les témoignages de certains de nos collaborateurs qui travaillent sur ces enjeux. A L’Oréal, nous sommes une entreprise constituée d’êtres humains dont les actions et produits ont un impact sur des populations aussi bien que sur notre planète. De ce fait, c’est notre responsabilité d’assurer le respect des Droits Humains en évitant un impact négatif sur les Humains et sur la planète de par nos activités, et en créant un impact positif là où nous le pouvons. Read More


AI expert calls for end to UK use of ‘racially biased’ algorithms 
An expert on artificial intelligence has called for all algorithms that make life-changing decisions – in areas from job applications to immigration into the UK – to be halted immediately. Prof Noel Sharkey said algorithms were so “infected with biases” that their decision-making processes could not be fair or trusted. On inbuilt bias in algorithms, Sharkey said: “There are so many biases happening now, from job interviews to welfare to determining who should get bail and who should go to jail. It is quite clear that we really have to stop using decision algorithms, and I am someone who has always been very light on regulation and always believed that it stifles innovation. Read More
Why We Need Data For Black Lives
Algorithms may be hidden from most of us but they’re shaping many aspects of our lives. Who’s creating them, and what background and biases do they bring? Entrepreneur and data scientist Yeshimabeit Milner is sparking a movement of technologists, mathematicians, and community changemakers who want to use data to create a more equitable world. Ashoka’s Lorena García Durán spoke with her about why she started Data 4 Black Lives and what the big opportunities are. Read More
Unilever saves on recruiters by using AI to assess job interviews
Unilever has claimed it is saving hundreds of thousands of pounds a year by replacing human recruiters with an artificial intelligence system, amid warnings of a populist backlash against the spread of machine learning. The system scans graduate candidates’ facial expressions, body language and word choice and checks them against traits that are considered to be predictive of job success. Vodafone, Singapore Airlines and Intel are among other companies to have used similar systems. Polling commissioned by the Royal Society of Arts and released on Friday suggests 60% of the public are opposed to the use of automated decision-making in recruitment as well as in criminal justice. Read More
Building Ethical AI for Talent Management
In the war for talent, AI plays a very specific role: to give organizations more accurate and more efficient predictions of a candidate’s work-related behaviors and performance potential. Many AI systems use real people as models for what success looks like in certain roles. This group of individuals is referred to as a “training data set” and often includes managers or staff who have been defined as “high performers.” Theoretically, this method could be used to find the right person for the right role faster and more efficiently than ever before. If the training set is diverse, if demographically unbiased data is used to measure the people in it, and if the algorithms are also debiased, this technique can actually mitigate human prejudice and expand diversity and socioeconomic inclusion better than humans ever could. However, if the training set, the data, or both are biased, and algorithms are not sufficiently audited, AI will only exacerbate the problem of bias in hiring and homogeneity in organizations. In order to rapidly improve talent management and take full advantage of the power and potential AI offers, then, we need to shift our focus from developing more ethical HR systems to developing more ethical AI. Read More


Unions have the power to combat racism in the workplace 
Hate crime and far-right activity is on the rise, but trade unions play a pivotal role in challenging it. Workplaces are not exempt from this upward trend of racism and far-right populism. In fact, they reflect the wider society as a whole. Trade unions have been working to challenge the toxic environment being created by hate and far-right ideology in workplaces across the country. Trade Unions play a crucial role in uniting people in the workplace. Our core values promoting solidarity, equality and fair treatment are more important than ever in defending our multicultural communities and workplaces. Read More
Why One Woman Is Giving Away Thousands Of Free Tips For Minority And Women Entrepreneurs
More and more people are deciding to leave their 9-5s to pursue dreams of entrepreneurship. As glamorous as entrepreneurship may seem on social media, a less publicized part of the journey is the strife, pain, setbacks and challenges that most entrepreneurs are not prepared for. For entrepreneurs of color, these challenges can be even more pronounced. Women and minorities reportedly have fewer years of industry and start-up experience, on average, compared to their white male counterparts, which often means fewer resources and limited access to mentors who can help them traverse the waters of entrepreneurship. Alquincia Selolwane has made it her mission to level the playing field by providing a wealth of free information and resources to entrepreneurs on her Instagram page. Read More
9 Diversity And Inclusion Practices To Leave In 2019
As the year comes to a close and a new decade swiftly approaches, it’s time to assess what organizational practices related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) were effective and what practices need to be left in the old decade. Diversity has become a popular buzzword for corporate leaders and companies are now spending billions of dollars to make their organizations more diverse, equitable and inclusive but much of these efforts fail, research suggests. Which DEI practices need to be swapped out for new ones in the new decade? Read More
Black Facebook staff describe workplace racism in anonymous letter
One year after a former Facebook manager accused the company of having “a black people problem” – failing its black employees by allowing the proliferation of a hostile workplace culture — an anonymous group of tech workers at the social media giant have penned a letter in which they argue that the problem has only metastasized. “Racism, discrimination, bias, and aggression do not come from the big moments,” they write. “It’s in the small actions that mount up over time and build into a culture where we are only meant to be seen as quotas, but never heard, never acknowledged, never recognized, and never accepted.” Read More
Workers obtain condemnation for racial discrimination in Paris
25 undocumented Malian workers who were employed on a construction site obtained more than one million euros in damages for "systemic racial discrimination". The “25 de Breteuil” obtained justice. These undocumented Malian workers, illegally employed on the Breteuil-Ségur construction site carried by the insurance group Covéa, obtained damages, in particular for "racial and systemic discrimination", from the Paris industrial tribunal. This is the first time in France that this concept has been recognized in a court decision. Read More
A Data-Driven Approach to Hiring More Diverse Talent
Within 25 years, people of color are projected to be a majority in the United States. As this key demographic rapidly expands, businesses of all sizes across America are realizing the need to hire diverse talent in order to develop products, services, and experiences for a changing population. But while companies understand why they need to have a more diverse workforce, many aren’t sure how to make it happen. The PGA of America was one, and it faced challenging public perceptions. Golf is often viewed as a primarily white sport, which makes it difficult to recruit from underrepresented communities. Recently, the PGA decided to partner with Jopwell, a career advancement platform for Black, Latinx, and Native American students and professionals. Jopwell, after being commissioned by the PGA, collected direct feedback from its community on their perceptions of the golf industry, including barriers to entry and career opportunities within it. Read More
“You will have to change your first name”: in his office Mohamed was… Antoine
During his 20 years spent as a sales engineer in a software company based in Rungis, in the Val-de-Marne, Mohamed Amghar called himself Antoine. A decision of the management, according to him. Now retired, Mohamed Amghar, a commercial engineer from 1997 to 2017, is seeking compensation from the industrial tribunal for discrimination and moral harassment. Read More
Refugees get traction in Germany’s auto industry
A programme by Volkswagen offers refugees a path to a permanent job at the world’s largest auto maker. When Volkswagen – the world’s largest automaker – offered Mastura Ekhlas a place on a programme that could lead to a permanent job, she knew it was the chance of a lifetime. VW’s programme started in 2017. Its entry qualification couples a traditional programme with extra language tuition to help newcomers find their feet in the German workplace. Read More
Unipol promotes diversity through inclusive hackathon
In the context of the Group’s efforts to ensure an inclusive and diverse workplace, Unipol recently launched its #HackDiversAbility, one of Italy’s first inclusive hackathons. The event was organised in collaboration with Unica – Unipol’s Corporate Academy. The objective was to bring together a diverse group of participants to develop innovative projects around the topic of insurance distribution. Through the competition, Unipol attracted talent and empowered young people to work for 48 hours on an engaging challenge and most importantly, in an inclusive environment. Read More
La cour d'appel de Paris condamne EDF pour discrimination envers un ex-salarié 
La cour d’appel de Paris a condamné EDF, jeudi 5 décembre, pour discrimination envers un ex-salarié musulman qui avait découvert, dans son casier, son livret de prières brûlé et marqué « FN 2017 ». Elle juge que l'entreprise, qui « se contente d’expliquer avoir appelé les services des renseignements », s'est montrée « peu réactive » après cet événement reconnu accident du travail. Read More
Business-related human rights abuse and remedies 
Ensuring access to effective remedy is an important part of global efforts to encourage business conduct that respects human rights. A new Fundamental Rights Agency’s (FRA) paper looks at examples of business-related human rights abuse and identifies key factors facilitating access to remedy. FRA’s paper provides an overview of select examples of business-related human rights abuse identified through desk research. It refers to the types of industry sectors involved, the profile of victims and types of rights affected, as well as the complaints mechanisms used. Read More
Lack of skills, networks, motivation and finance keep female, migrant and young entrepreneurs from growing stronger
The “Missing Entrepreneurs 2019” report focuses on inclusive entrepreneurship policies. These policies aim at reaching the target groups (such as women, migrants, youth) for whom the usual barriers to start and grow a business are larger than average. The report finds that the gender gap in entrepreneurship only closes slightly, while immigrants are more likely to be self-employed than one decade ago. The report also finds that these target groups are under-represented among digital entrepreneurs due to several factors such as the absence of digital entrepreneurship role models and lack of digital skills. Read More
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