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20 April 2022
Canada: National Bank is recruiting neurodivergent professionals to its data science teams
Convinced that neurodiversity allows companies “to access unique skills and ways of thinking,” the National Bank of Canada has implemented a tailored recruitment process in collaboration with EY Canada (consulting and financial services) to attract neurodivergent professionals to its data engineering analyst and data scientist teams. The process is based on greater communication with the candidate and a detailed explanation of the steps involved. “We are proud to offer candidates who identify as...
19 April 2022
Great Britain: Virgin Media 02 will fund gender transition treatment for its employees
On 13 April the recently merged UK telecommunications giant unveiled new commitments to improve inclusion and gender equality within the group over the next five years. The group’s ‘All In’ diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) strategy is the first since the merger between Virgin media and O2 in 2021 and includes company funding for gender transition treatment for its transgender and non-binary employees.
31 March 2022
France: the Saint-Gobain national ‘Agir Durablement’ programme relies on employee engagement to strengthen diversity and inclusion
In spring 2021 the French multinational building materials group launched its ‘Agir Durablement’ (Act Sustainably) programme, which enables its 38,000 employees in France to get involved in sustainability-linked projects, green mobility, renewal energy and, since November 2021, diversity and inclusion (disability, gender equality, social inclusion, LGBTQ +). In this way the company is demonstrating its determination to ‘respond to the changes of its time’ as it gears up to recruit 7,500 people in 2022.
18 March 2022
Great Britain: diversity representation is improving in FTSE 100 company boards of directors
Unveiled on 16 March, the results of the latest Parker Review survey found that as of December 2021, 89 of the 100 companies in the FTSE 100 blue-chip stock market index had at least one person from an ethnic minority on their board of directors (BoD). Between then and now, five more groups have appointed board members, so that today 94 companies have at least one member of a diversity cohort on their board.
9 March 2022
Stellantis creates an international network of women to improve female representation in the company
On 08 March, International Women’s Day, the multinational automaker announced the launch of ‘Women of Stellantis’, an international network of women designed to support the company’s diversity and inclusion journey. This newly formed business resource group represents and supports nearly 3,000 members in 26 countries. “When diversity and inclusion is integrated across all corporate levels, it not only strengthens performance and fuels innovative product development but is also critical to...
23 February 2022
India: Tata Steel augments its transgender employee base
On 21 February, Indian steel giant Tata Steel announced it has recruited 12 transgender crane operator apprentices at its Kalinganagar plant in the western state of Gujarat. The apprentices will undergo a one-year training course before being able to commence work as crane operators. The hiring of these twelve apprentices is part of the group’s broader LGBTQ+ inclusion policy. Already in December 2021, Tata Steel hired 14 earth-moving machine operators exclusively from the transgender community for mining...
23 February 2022
Great Britain: nearly 40% women on FTSE 100 boards
On 22 February, the UK Government-backed FTSE Women Leaders Review – revealed that the boards of companies in the FTSE 100 stock market index now include 39.1% women, compared with 36.2% in 2020 and 12.5% ten years ago. Following on from the work and aspirations of the Hampton-Alexander review (c.f. article No.12783), this rise is the result of a decade of incentives that have been based on voluntary participation rather than on a quota system. ” It is excellent to see the progress being made, but we...
31 January 2022
Germany: number of pensioners in work on the rise
Germany’s Federal Employment Agency has calculated that the number of pensioners in work has increased by 30% since 2017. Looking more closely at the details, 300,000 people over the legal retirement age were found to still be in work in June 2021, serving in jobs that are normally subject to social security contributions. Added to that is the group of pensioners who hold one or more so-called ‘mini jobs’, which allow them to work 15 hours a week for a maximum of €450 per month, without paying...
28 January 2022
United Kingdom: Deloitte introduces flexible public holidays
On 26 January, consulting giant Deloitte announced a flexible public holiday policy for its 22,000 UK employees, meaning they can opt to work on public holidays such as Christmas Day or Good Friday if they wish, taking other days in the year off in exchange. “Our new approach means that our people can choose to take public holiday leave on the dates that are most meaningful to them,” Jackie Henry, Managing Partner for People & Purpose at Deloitte, explains. Staff at the firm “are still entitled to take...
12 January 2022
France: Axa’s Diversity & Inclusion policy rated and published, enabling both ‘comparison’ and ‘progress’
Since 2018, Axa has been using the French start-up Mixity, which specialises in generating diversity & inclusion footprint ratings, to assess the company’s status and progress on criteria relating to gender, disability, ethnicity, age generation, and LGBTQI+ issues. The ratings and areas for improvement are made public and complement the agreements signed with the trade unions on the subject. For the insurance group, this type of publication also operates as an employer branding tool.