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EQUAL@WORK  | September #2020
ENAR series on What #BlackLivesMatter Mean in Europe concluded after 6 sucessfull discussions.

These are conversations between ENAR members, civil society movements, youth leaders, activists and partner researchers. Ojeaku Nwabuzo, Senior Research Officer of ENAR moderated all 6 discussions that had more than 72,000 views on facebook. It was also live streamed on 14 different facebook pages of ENAR partners. A total of 22 speakers took part providing a much needed bridge between the BlackLivesMatter movement and EU level policy making. Watch now:

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.

Racism is an issue for all businesses – Stuart Affleck
In the summer of 2020, many companies across the UK, Europe and the US entered a period of introspection about the extent and nature of racism within and around their organisation, prompted by the latest phase of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. Read More
How to set up an ERG for black and ethnic minority employees
Employee networks or employee resource groups (ERGs), representing different and specific groups from diverse communities, can help offer an inclusive environment in which everyone in an organisation feels like they belong. ERGs can also provide a safe channel through which black and ethnic minority employees are able to express their voice and share their experiences with a sense that these experiences will be understood, heard, listened to and responded to without judgement or condescension, and with genuine concern and care by those who are more likely to have experienced similar issues and challenges themselves (both in and outside the workplace). Read More
Call for participants: GEF Digital Workshop on Resource Mobilisation, Deadline:  October 2. Clickhere
DREAM TO GROW: How to make Europe's labour markets a place for all, DeadLine: October 7, Registration here
Black professionals describe agencies as hotbeds for racism and microaggression

At the time, Curtis, a Black woman, was vying for a post as an associate creative director at R/GA Austin, but was never given the role. Curtis says she raised several concerns over how she felt she wasn't being paid fairly but those concerns were disregarded, which she alleges is due to a culture of racism at the agency. Curtis says she raised concerns with leadership and human resources but she says she was brushed off. In performance reviews written by her white manager, which were shared with Ad Age, Curtis was criticized for being "overly ambitious." Read More
Time to take real action this Diversity and Inclusion Week

There has been a welcome increase in awareness through the #IAM, #BlackLivesMatter #TimesUp and #MeToo campaigns, but awareness does not equal action. To create impactful change, firms must make significant cultural changes, and that starts at the top. The lack of real, measurable results by investment managers demonstrates where diversity and inclusion sit in terms of importance. Read More

Diversity without inclusivity is just skin deep

Heritage Month is that one month a year when all South Africans celebrate how diverse we are as a culture and question how much of this diversity is reflected in our industries, companies, leadership and society at large. Often that is where the conversation ends. With diversity – instead of focusing on inclusion, where transformation really starts. Read More
Sodexo Named To Highest Level Of Diversity Best Practices Inclusion Index

Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company committed to improving Quality of Life, announced today that it has been recognized for the fourth consecutive year as a Top 10 Percent Inclusion Index Company on the Diversity Best Practices (DBP) Inclusion Index for receiving an 81 percent or higher score. The index helps organizations understand trends and gaps in demographic representation, creates a road map to drive internal change, and identifies diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) solutions to close the gaps.

Key findings of the DBP 2020 Inclusion Index are that one hundred percent of the top 10 percent use employee resource groups to recruit underrepresented talent. Eighty-five percent of the top 10 percent organizations require gender and racial/ethnic diversity in succession planning, and ninety-five percent of the top 10 percent organizations set percentages goals in diversity.

Sodexo’s commitment to diversity and inclusion has been consistently recognized by external organizations and notable diversity publications. In January, Sodexo was recognized on Bloomberg’s 2020 Gender Equality Index and FORTUNE’S 2019 list of the World’s Most Admired Companies. Read More

How Is the Art World Responding to the Black Lives Matter Movement Now?
More than 70 contemporary artists from around the world have created unique one-of-a-kind collector edition jigsaw puzzle. Puzzles with Purpose is now selling puzzles by artists like Amoako Boafo, Idris Khan, Louise Lawler, Marilyn Minter, Andres Serrano, Kenny Scharf and Spencer Tunick, with a percentage of the proceeds going directly to Artist Relief as well as charities of the artists' choosing, including Black Lives Matter. Read More
‘Racist’ shampoo advertisement sparks protests in South Africa

The advertisement, commissioned by the TRESemme hair company and carried on the Clicks pharmacies’ website, compared two photos of Black women’s hair with two photos of white women’s hair, labelling the natural hair “dry and damaged” and “frizzy and dull”, while the white women’s hair was “fine and flat” and “normal”. Read More


Users tweeted about out what they claimed was a racially bias of Twitter’s photo preview feature

Several Twitter users posted of long vertical photographs that had a white and black person’s face at either end to back the claim that the photo preview feature was more likely to show the white person’s face. Twitter user Colin Madland claimed the facial recognition feature was not showing his black colleague’s face when he was using a virtual background. Read More

EU Action Plan Against Racism: strong push on Member States to act better against racism
Hats off for #blacklivesMatter protesters demanding equality for all in Europe.They created a political force that lead to an #EUActionPlan to address structural racism. We at ENAR are eager to support in strengthening it and be key stakeholders in the implementation. #SOTEU2020

The EU Action Plan Against Racism published today by the European Commission is the first time that there is high-level recognition at European Union level of the need to fight structural racism. It strongly urges Member States to have better policies against racism and report regularly about it, and considers adoption of new legislation on racism in law enforcement.

The plan could be stronger on measures to address racist and disproportionate policing, as it plays a key role in maintaining and fostering racial inequalities in Europe. There should be more focus on collecting data disaggregated by racial or ethnic origin on profiling. It is also problematic that profiling is presented as a legitimate practice, given the numerous abuses of this law enforcement tool. Solutions proposed include good practice guidance and training, but this should go further and include strong accountability measures. It is also disappointing that the plan does not include specific measures to tackle the structural racism and barriers faced by migrants in Europe.

“We count on the EU institutions and national governments to be drivers of positive change to ensure we achieve justice and equality for all. ENAR and the broader anti-racist movement will remain vigilant to ensure these goals lead to real action”, said Karen Taylor.
Read the press release by ENAR: Click here
Regina Harris, the first Black woman on RISD’s Board, is listening

In November of 2019, Regina Harris became the first Black woman elected to the Richardson ISD Board of Trustees. After 30 years working in corporate America for Coca-Cola, Yum! Brands, Pizza Hut and technology company Webvent, Harris decided to run for school board after it was redistricted to create more diversity. Before winning the election with 52% of the vote, Harris was on the district’s new Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Read More

Companies across the US pledge to give workers time off to vote

A growing number of U.S. companies are pledging to give workers time off to vote in the presidential election this November, an effort that's gaining steam despite the government's reluctance to make Election Day a federal holiday. Starbucks said Thursday it will give its 200,000 U.S. employees flexibility on Election Day, encouraging them to plan ahead with managers and schedule time to vote or volunteer at polling places. The Starbucks app will also help customers learn how to register to vote, the company said. Read More
Inditex donates 750,000 garments to refugees through UNHCR

Inditex is set to donate 750,000 garments from its various brands to the Spanish Committee of the Agency of the United Nations High Commision for Refugees (UNHCR) for distribution at seven refugee camps in Rwanda. These camps are sheltering around 149,000 displaced individuals, mainly from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi. Read More

Biden Fends off Backlash for Saying Latino Community is Diverse, ‘Unlike the African American' One

Earlier, presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden remarked that the Latino community was "incredibly diverse," "unlike" the Black community, as he addressed a panel of journalists at the National Association of Black Journalists-National Association of Hispanic Journalists 2020 virtual convention. Read More

New York Times Lists White People as Examples of Diversity in US Elites

The 'Faces of Power' article also lists Moroccan Jewish immigrant Marc Lasry, co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team, and Iranian-born Carnegie Mellon University President  Farnam Jahanian as 'white'. A New York Times list of the rich and powerful has included dozens of white faces among its examples of racial diversity. Read More

World – CEOs of The Adecco Group, Randstad and ManpowerGroup join forces to enable a safe ‘return to work’

The CEOs of the three largest global staffing firms The Adecco Group, Randstad and ManpowerGroup are joining forces to enable companies and workers to return to work safely when the time is right. The three firms wrote an open letter and published a white paper which includes industry recommendations on what is needed to prepare for the new normal in the workplace in the wake of Covid-19. Read More

Workforce Logiq Hires William T. Rolack, Sr. as VP of Diversity and Inclusion

Workforce Logiq, a global provider of AI-powered workforce intelligence, technology, and services to large corporations, has hired William T. Rolack, Sr. as its VP of Diversity and Inclusion. Rolack will lead Workforce Logiq’s diversity and inclusion strategy, strengthen the company’s culture of belonging, and advise clients looking to develop and improve diverse workforce and human capital management strategies. Read More

Roma and Travellers Survey: Europe needs to break the vicious circle of poverty and discrimination against Roma and Travellers

Living in some of the richest countries in the world, a quarter of Roma and Travellers in Western Europe cannot afford basic items such as heating or healthy food, and up to a fifth of their children go to bed hungry, reveal the results of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency’s (FRA) new survey. Rampant discrimination coupled with early school leaving also leads to lack of job opportunities and widespread poverty for many. Read Now
COVID-19 and race: supporting employees

As the impact and effects of the coronavirus pandemic continue to emerge, there has been evidence to show that one group the disease has a disproportionate impact on are people from ethnic minority backgrounds.

While the Public Health England review into the risks and outcomes shows that older age, ethnicity, male sex and geographical area are associated with the risk of getting the infection, experiencing more severe symptoms and higher rates of death, the recommendations are focused predominantly on health services and the community rather than workplace guidance. Elsewhere in the UK, the Welsh Government has produced a report from its BAME steering group, which contains recommendations on the security of employment and income and a risk assessment tool for BAME front line health and care workers. In Scotland, the Government has convened a new expert group to provide a clearer picture of the impact on minority ethnic communities of coronavirus (COVID-19). Read the guide
Report: Intersectional discrimination in Europe
ENAR is launching a report on "Intersectional discrimination in Europe: relevance, challenges and ways forward", in collaboration with the Center for Intersectional Justice. This publication explains how the concept of intersectionality can help policy makers, lawyers and sociologists to approach discrimination and social inequalities from a systemic and structural perspective, but also to capture discrimination patterns which tend to be invisibilised or overlooked in the current legal and policy frameworks for anti-discrimination. Read More
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