Orange and L’Oréal: Some French giants are becoming more female in their management

The French multinational telecommunications corporation Orange is making progress towards its goal to have at least 35% of women on all levels of the organisation by 2015. Also L’Oréal reported at an International conference in Paris in October 2014 that they have almost reached their goal to have 50% of women in management (across all levels). Orange posted a 5% increase in female leaders between 2011 and 2013 alone.

Continue reading

New study: Men seeking work-life balance are seen more favorably than women

Christin Munsch, professor of sociology at Furman University in San Francisco, has recently conducted a study on flexible work arrangements. Her spectacular results suggest that it is men rather than women who can take advantage out of such arrangements, while women might experience disadvantages. How is that possible and what does it mean for work/life-balance programmes and Gender Diversity in the workplace? A closer look provides some of the answers.

Continue reading

Praise and criticism for the EU’s first report on the implementation of the UN Disability Convention

How much progress can be expected within a space of four years? The European Commission has published their first evaluation of the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which they had ratified in December 2010. It comes as no surprise that different stakeholders present different interpretations of what success looks like.

Continue reading

Study Results: D&I now more prevalent in Annual Reports (for Investors) than in Corporate Responsibility Reports

D&I is on the move from a social context (previously) to a more business-focused stakeholder positioning. This key finding is based on the analysis of all Annual Reports, CSR Reports and Websites of Europe’s 50 largest corporations as listed in the STOXX ® 50 Europe index. The research carried out by EMEA’s D&I pioneer research & consulting firm, EuropeanDiversity (Cologne), shows for the first time more frequent Diversity content in Annual Reports (92%) than in CSR Reports (82%).
Continue reading