About the project
The project of the platform Business for the Society “Diversity 2013+ – Getting Women on Board” is being supported by the Open Society Fund Prague from the Let’s Give (Wo)men a Chance programme, financed from Norway Grants.
The aim of the project is to carry out an intensive communications campaign to raise awareness about the necessity to increase women’s participation in the management of state, municipal and private enterprises.
Business for the Society has been involved for a long time in the field of supporting equal opportunities for women and men in the work and private life and it is trying to change the way how the women, who aspire to executive positions, are perceived by enterprises and also by the public.
The project´s main objectives:
1. Use systemic measures to increase women’s participation in the boards of state and municipal companies, in stock exchange-listed companies, and at the same time to implement measures to reach an equal proportion of men and women.
2. Use support and education activities to increase women’s participation in the executive positions in private companies.
- Make available a system of voluntary pledges to a broad spectrum of private companies.
- Implement a measure to inform about an equal proportion of women and men in the senior management of enterprises as standard part of the information the companies reveal about themselves.
- Change the way how the women, who aspire to executive positions in companies, are perceived by the companies and by the public.
- Support a change in the way how the middle and senior management think by implementing direct support measures in order to make them support and implement the principle of gender equality.
- Strengthen the cooperation between companies in the field of achieving gender equality in workplace.
3. If we want to react to the economic, demographic and social challenges Europe is facing, we need to look in a new way at the role of women and men as economically equal partners in relation to their roles in the society.
Demographic changes produce an increasing pressure on the economy and companies.
At the same time, diversity helps companies stay competitive, allows them to hire more talented people and provides them with space for innovation and development. The challenge is to support women in order for them to become or stay active in the job market.
This can be achieved by measures focused on implementing equality in employment combined with actions aimed at allowing men and women to combine their professional and private responsibilities.
The male and female roles and stereotypes have a strong influence on the current division of labor between men and women in family as well as professional life and in the society in general.
The Diversity 2013+ project follows the output of the Thematic Expert Group (TES) – Leadership of Women. The group’s objective is to start a discussion about the topic of equal opportunities for women and men in companies, support the positive examples and increase the readiness of Czech companies to adapt the planned measures of the European Commission, which include quotas for women’s participation in the boards of stock exchange-listed companies. The companies that participate in the project want to support the implementation of measures aimed at implementing equal opportunities in companies as well as the development and use of the leadership abilities of women.
Czech Diversity Charter
Diversity Charter as a strategic document where employers can publicly commit to diversity principles was officialy launched in the Czech Republic at the high-level diversity conference together with CEOs and top management representatives, representatives of the government, media and other stakeholders.
Diversity Charter is coordinated by the Business for Society Otevřít odkaz v novém okně, Czech Republic (Byznys pro společnost), national association for corporate responsibility and sustainability and supported by the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs
Czech Republic becomes the 14th country in EU where such charter exists. There are over 7000 organizations that signed the diversity charters so far across Europe.
We believe that employees’ competence and skills – as diverse, creative and innovative as possible – are a key to the long-term success of our business. In the era of advancing globalisation and social and demographic changes, the ability to acknowledge and respect diversity helps us to establish permanent relationships with our customers and business partners. Therefore, we are adopting principles of the Diversity Charter, which is based on, and further expands, the scope of Memorandum Diversity 2013+ focused on gender diversity only.
We perceive diversity as a principle that enables people to fulfill their potential irrespective of their individual differences. A conscious application of the diversity principle brings acceptance, support and further development of individuals’ talents. We also recognise that this approach brings opportunities for innovation
By signing the European Diversity Charter, we commit to maintaining a workplace environment that is open to all, irrespective of their gender, race, skin colour, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, world views, disability, age or sexual orientation.
By taking this step, we wish to contribute to an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust, which will in turn have a positive effect on society in the Czech Republic and beyond.
In accordance with the Diversity Charter, we will:
- Develop culture that is based on mutual respect and recognition of individuals’ talents. Top management fully endorses and supports the diversity principles and equal opportunities. We are committed to creating workplace conditions that will enable all employees to be guided by these values and to respect them. The company’s policies and procedures will incorporate the diversity principle to enable greater innovation and strategic development.
- Support and implement changes that will enable employees to take full advantage of their talents and skills while respecting the work-life balance. We understand that every individual is different and therefore we strive to align individual potential with efficiency standards.
- Promote rules in human resources management that will support the diversity principle, with the emphasis on equal-opportunity recruitment, training, career development, assessement and promotion, and consideration of personal and family situation of employees.
- Actively promote the implementation of Diversity Charter principles within our internal and external communication. On regular basis we will present our commitments, actions and successes both publicly and towards our employees.
Contact: Veronika Hejzlarová – email@example.com, +420 724 133 138
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