Survey finds areas of Innovation in D&I among Europe’s Top200 – and companies’ criteria for innovativeness

Leading companies identify most of their innovative D&I practices in the area of ‘Development & engagement’, followed by the fields ‘Women in management positions’ and ‘Work life balance’. This is one result of the latest International study initiated by European Diversity Research & Consulting. Companies consider D&I programmes innovative if they acknowledge specific needs of certain groups or if they perceive them to be unique.

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Fördermöglichkeiten für Studierende mit Behinderung

In Deutschland gibt es mehr als 1.600 Förderprogramme für Studierende mit Behinderung oder chronischer Erkrankung. Studien zeigen, dass jeder vierter dieser Studierenden die erheblichen beeinträchtigungsbedingten Zusatzkosten nicht oder nur unzureichend decken kann. Die neue Plattform www.barrierefrei-studieren.de bringt Studenten und Förderprogramme einfach, schnell und kostenlos zusammen.

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Size and shape of the Business Case for Diversity

Diversity & Inclusion evidently promotes performance, productivity, customer satisfaction, brand image, and competitive edge – we say. The International Business Case Report (2014) now underscores the accuracy of this statement with unprecedented empirical evidence. The 3rd edition of the unique (global) research report summarises 195 studies which illustrate the benefits and value-added from Diversity & Inclusion management in a robust, reliable and valid way. Furthermore, it reflects Diversity in its composition and structure.

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There is (only) so much you can do for D&I in one year

For the publishers of this website, European Diversity Research & Consulting, 2014 was a year with important projects and fundamental changes. As often, such ground-breaking developments provide both, a base for new activities and a challenge to operate in the new model while still reaching all objectives and target groups. After 18 years in operation, for us the paradigm shift affects many areas and you can also see and feel this.

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EU study on inclusion of disabled people in the workplace: rather beneficial than just beneficent

A few weeks ago, the Directorate General for Internal Policies published the study „Reasonable Accommodation and Sheltered Workshops for People with Disabilities: Costs and Returns of Investments“. It investigates different policy measures across six EU countries, which aim at supporting the employment of people with disabilities. Results suggest that not only the business but also states experience beneficial bottom line effects from an improved integration of people with disabilities in the workplace – if policy measures are chosen carefully.

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Dossier „Perspektiven und Analysen von Sinti und Roma in Deutschland“ der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung erschienen

Rund 120.000 Sinti und Roma leben derzeit in Deutschland. Die meisten von ihnen haben mit struktureller Diskriminierung und gesellschaftlicher Ausgrenzung zu kämpfen. Dennoch wird die Lebenssituation von Sinti und Roma in Medien und Öffentlichkeit kaum thematisiert. Hier setzt ein kürzlich erschienenes Dossier der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung einen Gegenpunkt. Diversity zieht sich dabei wie ein roter Faden durch das Papier, so vielfältig wie die Menschen sind auch die Beiträge.

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