On 15 October 2015, additional organisations have signed the Diversity Charter as part of an official joining ceremony in Budapest, thus increasing the number of signatories who have committed themselves to a discrimination-free corporate culture to fifty-four. The message conveyed by these organisations to their employees and the business community is clear: through their signatures they declare that they believe in the power of diversity and are willing to act to further its cause. Among those newly joined are SMEs as well as multinational companies, but also organisations from the non-profit sphere and representatives of the media.
The Diversity Charter and the related movement was originally initiated in France in 2004. This was the first document which outlined the European Union’s principles against discrimination and supported equal opportunities and has actively promoted equality and diversity at the workplace ever since.
The signing ceremony in Budapest was preceded by a professional meetup entitled "The Co-operation of Generations at the Workplace", which included, among others, presentations on the government’s CSR Action Plan, demographic issues, the Y generation and a round table discussion on the "Diverse Generation Challenges at the Workplace". Judit Németh, the Managing Director of mtd Tanácsadói Közösség (mtd Consulting Group), the leading body of the Diversity movement in Hungary, explained that through organising the event they intended to demonstrate how members of the Diversity Charter can form a community, benefit from sharing relevant information, knowledge and experience and improve their organisations through the good practices encountered.
Dr Katalin Tardos, Senior Consultant of mtd Tanácsadói Közösség emphasised that every responsible employer should openly declare their organisational values and that the Diversity Charter was an excellent forum to do just that.
The new signatories: BASF Hungária Ltd., BCCH British Chamber of Commerce in Hungary, BFH Európa Ltd., CEIPES Hungary Association, Civil Centrum Foundation, Civil Rádió, Dealogic Hungary Ltd., FreeQ Multimédia Ltd., Geomédia Zrt., iData Ltd., KÖVET Association for Sustainable Economy, Lexmark International Technologies Hungária Ltd., Alliance of Hungarian Workers’ Councils, Settlers Relocation Services Ltd., Gambling plc.
Photos of the event can be downloaded here.
Should you need further information, please contact Judit Németh, Managing Director / Vice President of mtd Consulting Group.