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30 November 2017
Aviva: the UK insurer puts parental leave in place for second parents in five countries
Going forward, second parents employed by Aviva and currently working in France, the UK, Ireland, Canada and Singapore can, upon the birth or adoption of their child/children, benefit from real parental leave, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or the date they became Aviva employees. Full paid leave for ‘the other’ parents has been set at 10 weeks in France, 26 weeks in the UK, 12 weeks in Canada, 18 weeks in Ireland, and 16 weeks in Singapore. Anne-Sophie Curet, Chief peoples officer, Aviva...
28 November 2017
Sweden: Spotify employees can choose their own ‘public holidays’
On 17 November Sweden’s online music streaming company, Spotify announced that its 3,500 staff would be offered flexible public holidays (Flexheg). Since Spotify employees come from many different cultural backgrounds the company decided give its staff the right to choose which holidays they wish to observe. This is not new to Sweden as for the last ten years or so Swedish companies have been implementing a system that is nonetheless struggling to become widespread.
14 November 2017
Italy: the ‘Maternity as a Master’ start-up is now both attracting fathers and looking to expand abroad
While company-based parenting practices are burgeoning, the unusual ‘Maternity as a Master’ (MaaM) training program aims to transpose competences that parents acquire during parenthood over to the workplace. The digital platform that was launched two years ago now include twenty-five Italian client companies (including UniCredit, Poste Italiane, Enel, Luxottica and subsidiaries of various multinationals such as Ikea and Coca-Cola) and approximately 2,000 participants. The MaaM start-up is seeking a capital...
11 October 2017
India: social enterprises build 100% female delivery teams
In Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai women roam the streets on scooters, delivering packages door-to-door. India has seen e-commence grow rapidly, with the number of consumers making online purchases set to grow from 69 million in 2016 to 100 million this year, according to a study by the Associated Chambers of Commerce of India (Assocham). A number of firms have begun to make use of delivery teams that are entirely staffed by women.
2 March 2017
How Carrefour implements its diversity policy in Argentina
Within a legal context that strange to the topic of Corporate Social Responsiblity and diversity, the French distributer applies its group-wide defined norms and has established a set of measures that are tailored to Argentina’s specific challenges. Adapting to the local context gives the group the opportunity to assess the positive feedback.
3 February 2017
Brazil: companies faced with challenge of fostering racial diversity
Around 10 years after Brazil introduced quotas for people of African ancestry in its universities, the integration of people of colour in the corporate world is on the up. However, the issue remains a significant challenge for human resources chiefs in the country. Only 8% of the largest companies in Brazil say they have dedicated programmes to promote racial equality among workers.  
31 January 2017
Italy: Vodafone engages directly with employees to establish inclusion and diversity agenda
The Italian branch of the telephone service provider, which employs around 6,500 people of which 50% are female, launched an innovative initiative which saw it engage with employees to understand what their expectations are as regards inclusion and diversity. The initiative consisted of a nine-stage roadshow, attended by the CEO and HR director. Having gathered thoughts and opinions, Vodafone has been able to take new concrete measures and formalise an ‘inclusion commitment’. 
22 July 2016
Japan: an index is created for companies combatting LGBT based discrimination
An LGBT index has been developed in Japan to assess companies’ positive action towards sexual minorities. Officially named Pride, the index is measured by the work with Pride (wwP) body set up in 2012 by IBM Japan and the international NGO, Human Rights Watch. Thirty Japanese employers have already committed to implementing positive policies for its employees. However only a few employees in the workplace are actually coming forward to claim there recognized rights.
4 July 2016
International: four companies sign the ILO Global Business and Disability Network charter
On 29 June at the head offices of host and 2016 ILO Global Business and Disability Network president, Carrefour, four companies, namely BNP Paribas, IBM, Repsol, and Sodexo joined the originating eleven members in signing the ILO Business Charter on disability inclusion. By signing, these four new members have expressed their commitment to promoting and including people with disabilities throughout their global operations.
9 June 2016
Japan: record numbers of foreign workers mark a turning point in the country’s labor market
According to the Labor Ministry data, for the very first time, the number of foreigners working in Japan is expected to exceed the one million mark. This is a major turning point in the country’s labor market history that has traditionally hired almost 100% Japanese nationals. The hiring policies of the country’s big companies such as Hitachi, Toyota, and Shiseido are now indicating a need to diversify their manpower so as to ‘better align themselves with globalization’ (Shiseido).