In 2019, AKF Portugal, the Estonian Human Rights Center and Equality Strategies (Ireland), together with partners from 7 other European countries (Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Croatia and Spain), launched a pilot project to collect, develop and test a set of tools to foster the implementation of Diversity and Inclusion among European employers and reinforce the work of the Diversity Charters. These tools are now available on this website. This project was co-funded by the European Commission, Justice Department (Funding line: Rights, Equality and Citizenship).
Acknowledging the breadth of contextual realities within and across the European States, the toolkit was tested during 2020 in 10 countries with the support of the respective Diversity Charters – Ireland, Estonia, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Croatia, Czech Republic, Poland and Romania.
The Diversity@Work project is closely cooperating with the following partner organisations:
Portuguese Association for Diversity and Inclusion (APPDI – Portugal), Croatian Business Council for Sustainable Development, Fundacion Diversidad (Spain), Pontis Foundation (Slovakia), Responsible Business Forum (Poland), Business for Society (Czech Republic), Sentprima – Institute for Rehabilitation and Education (Slovenia) and Forum for International Communications (Romania). By testing the toolkit in a broad range of countries, relevance and applicability of the toolkit are improved.
During the two-year project period, a collaborative and participatory approach was used to develop, test and refine the toolkit in partnership with more than 200 professionals from 100 organisations in 10 countries. The resources fulfilled the aim of achieving measurable improvements in the awareness and confidence levels of participants to begin implementing D&I action plans that will further support the development of policies and procedures within their organisations.
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