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Diversity Awards: Applications are open!

Does your organisation have any innovative good practice on diversity management that has proven to be effective? Would you like to make the practice visible and to contribute to the development of diversity in Luxembourg?

Well do not hesitate, apply (until the 4th March) and try to win a Diversity Award that will reward the best practices in terms of diversity management in the following categories:

  1. Recruitment, Welcome and Integration
  2. Career Management
  3. Wellbeing and working conditions
  4. Communication and Organisation's Values

The Diversity Awards ceremony will take place on May 15th 2019.

Applications can be downloaded here in French and here in English.

 

DIVERSITY & BUSINESS LËTZEBUERG BAROMETER 2018: Towards a clear evolution

 

On 11 December 2018, IMS Luxembourg presented its third edition of the "Diversity and Business Lëtzebuerg" barometer during a press conference in presence of Laure Amoyel, Head of OLAI's Integration and Diversity Division and Nicolas Poussing, Researcher at LISER.

 

The necessary data to publish the barometer are collected every two years, and analyse the practices put in place by 138 signatory organizations. The particularity of the 2018 barometer is that it makes it possible to identify, for the first time, the differences between the organizations that signed the Charter before 2015 and those that signed it after 2015. Globally, 64% of the signatories of the Charter have found that people have a more respectful behavior since the implementation of their diversity management approach.

 

One of the trends is that signatories manage diversity in order to develop the well-being of all employees, especially with respect to work-life balance: 82% of them prioritize this topic. In this context, 92% of the signatory organizations have implemented a system of flexible working hours, while 89% have a system of part-time, parental leave, leave without pay and absence of meetings after 6pm. Telework is also progressively developing since 57% of the signatories have implemented it (against 37% in 2016).

 

Progress to note among the signatories in 2018:

  • 23% of boards are made up of more women than men (compared to 19% in 2016);
  • The Charter allowed 59% of "old signatories" to implement at least one action;
  • 59% of the "new signatories", meanwhile, have increased their theoretical knowledge;
  • 65% of all signatories see a positive impact on the image and reputation of their organization;
  • 63% of the "old" signatories see it as an opportunity to enter new markets.

These percentages demonstrate that organizations are becoming more aware of the competitive advantage and increased performance that diversity brings. In addition, they communicate better about their diversity commitment both internally and externally, thereby raising awareness and bringing together not only employees but also customers and partners.

You can download the Diversity & Business Lëtzebuerg 2018 barometer here (only in French for the moment).

 

United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights

 

As diversity management falls within the broader scope of human rights, Catia Fernandes, Diversity Charter Coordinator, attended the United Nations Forum which is the world's largest annual gathering on business and human rights, bringing together more than 2,000 participants from governments, businesses, local associations and civil society, law firms, investors, UN agencies, national human rights institutions, labor organizations, academia, and the media.

 

For three days, participants attended more than 60 discussion sessions presenting numerous initiatives and sharing experiences on current issues of human rights and business and notably the due diligence. 

 

IMS Luxembourg will adress human rights due diligence with a training organized in collaboration with Fairtrade and ASTM in February 2019. Stay tuned. 

 

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