Norwegian quota decreased companies’ values while accepted gender diversity adds value

After Norway introduced a mandatory 40 percent quota of women on (supervisory) boards of directors for all publicly listed firms, the value of those companies has decreased as a result for several reasons. This is one of the key findings of a study conducted by two US American Finance professors from the University of Michigan. The researches examined a total of 248 listed Norwegian companies using stock market information. First, they found that Continue reading

B2B Managers engage in Diversity at Orange Business Services internationally

Even Diversity experts wonder, at times, if and how D&I management works in a Business-to-Business (B2B) environment. One of key arguments – referring to customer diversity – seems to be missing at a first glance. Orange Business Services shows how an international organisation that caters solely to corporate clients can align its implementation with both, the specifics of its business organisation and the overarching Group strategy (in this case FT [France Telecom] Orange). Continue reading

Managing Diversity in practise, European Commission DG JUST “Summary of the day and moderating workshop results”

Held within the European Commission’s project ‘Support for voluntary initiatives promoting diversity management at the workplace across the EU’, the High Level Event took place on 31 October 2012 in Vienna under the patronage of the Austrian State Secretary for Integration, Mr. Sebastian Kurz, and hosted by the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber and the Vienna Economic Chamber. Continue reading

Integration am Arbeitsmarkt braucht Chancengleichheit

Die Arbeitsmarktstatistik lässt alljährlich erkennen: Die Arbeitslosenquote unter MigrantInnen ist mehr als doppelt so hoch wie unter Deutschen. Aktuelle Daten weisen 6 Prozent Arbeitslose unter Deutschen aus, aber 14 Prozent bei ausländischen Erwerbstätigen, die zudem häufiger geringfügig beschäftigt und vor allem in gering qualifizierten Bereichen tätig sind. Strukturelle Benachteiligung verhindert die Nutzung von Potenzialen und dagegen wendet sich ein neues Projekt. Continue reading

New Diversity Charters in Poland and Finland

Diversity Charters are written public statements of self-commitment to D&I that can be signed by companies, public employers or not-for-profit organisations that want to underscore their engagement and leverage activities for positive image. Since the first charters were created in France and the Brussels Capital Region in Belgium, several follow. Now, the first Charter was launched in an Eastern European country. Continue reading

The Diversity Councils at Credit Suisse make a difference around the world

Over the last years, Diversity Councils have become almost standard tools in the implementation of Diversity & Inclusion (D&I). In practice, these committees vary significantly regarding their set-up, objectives and approaches, which consequently leads to different results. Credit Suisse pursues a distinct approach and has established four regional Diversity Councils in their global organisation. Continue reading

Internationality in Corporate Diversity Management in EMEA

The perception that Diversity Management continues to become more important and thus more prevalent in International companies has not been confirmed through hard data. The first comprehensive analysis of organisational structures for D&I in large multinational firms in Europe shows a steady increase in D&I functions – and the study found some interesting facts around the international scope and set-up of corporate Diversity departments. Continue reading

The Revolution at Work: Diversity in Companies in Europe; European Diversity Forum, XXIe Siecle & AMFD, The revolution at Wo

The European Diversity Forum 2012 (FED) held in Paris on 2nd & 3rd July 2012. Co-organised by Club XXIe Siècle (21st Century Club) and the French Association of Diversity Managers (AFMD), it is probably the largest quality event on Diversity & Inclusion in Europe.
European Diversity Research & Consulting is an international partner of the European Diversity Forum and contributed to the event.
It brings together hundreds of practitioners, experts, academics and special interest experts. In plenary sessions and workshops, they discussed about new trends and developments. You can read a summary of Michael Stuber’s presentation “The revolution of work” here. Continue reading

No female directors at the Cannes film festival: just a coincidence?

Why is there only one woman who won the Palme d’Or in the entire history of the Cannes film festival? Is it because men are simply ‘better’ in making movies? Probably not. So what could be the reason? Due to an open letter written by a group of French female filmmakers commenting the fact that there was no woman among the 22 nominees for this year’s award, this question is now being discussed in public. In their letter, Continue reading

Does a Different View Create Something New?

Researchers found that gender diversity leads to a higher likelihood of introducing innovations at the workplace. Furthermore, a positive relationship between an open culture towards diversity and innovative performance is found. „This provides empirical evidence to the model of the Propelling Potential Principle which links differences, open-mindedness and inclusion to create value added,” Diversity expert Michael Stuber comments. Continue reading

Male leaders are judged more harshly than their female counterparts for their errors

It is a widespread – and disputed – assumption that men and women have different leadership styles, but when it comes to judge leadership behaviour, the traditional paradigm ‘Think Manager – Think Male’ comes to mind. At least until the executive makes a mistake. In that case, male leaders are seen as less competent, effective and desirable to work for than female managers in the same situation, a new study from the Pennsylvania State University has just found. Continue reading

4. Frauentag, IG BCE; „Key Note: Frauen erfolgreich unterwegs”

Im Namen der Gleichstellung referierten vom 7. bis 9. Juni prominente Gäste auf dem 4. Frauentag der IG BCE in Hannover. Prominente RednerInnen aus Politik und Wirtschaft, darunter Ursula von der Leyen und Gesine Schwan, widmeten sich Gleichstellungsthemen, vom Berufseinstieg bis zur Führungsverantwortung.

Als Impuls- und Inputgeber war Michael Stuber zu Gast auf der Veranstaltung. Weil Impulse häufig von außen kommen, kann jemand, der mehrere externe Sichtweisen bietet (als Mann, aus der Wirtschaft, als Quotenkritiker und Zielbefürworter und jemand, der Gerechtigkeit als Ergebnis und nicht als Antrieb sieht) nur bereichernd sein. Continue reading

Industrie und Handel: „Problemloser“ Migrationshintergrund?

Der Alltag in Deutschland ist bunt – inzwischen hat etwa jeder fünfte Deutsche einen Migrationshintergrund. Und die Menschen, die ihre Kultur und Kenntnisse hierzulande einbringen, sind längst fester Bestandteil der Belegschaft von mittleren und großen Unternehmen – eigentlich… Um sicher zu gehen, dass kein Handlungsbedarf besteht, hat der Deutsche Industrie- und Handelskammertag bei seinen Mitgliedsunternehmen nachgefragt, wie Integration vor Ort gelingt. Continue reading