The Diversity Awards once again concluded this year's National Diversity Day, held across Luxembourg on 15 May 2019.
Diversity Day aims to bring together businesses, public organisations and associations around the promotion of diversity. Celebrated in all its dimensions, the initiatives of the participating organisations again brought to the fore topics as diverse as gender equality, age, sexual orientation or gender identity, physical disability, family situation, origins and beliefs and cultural traditions.
In the evening, the Committee for the Diversity Charter Lëtzebuerg presented for the third time the Diversity Awards, in the presence of Corinne Cahen, Minister of Family and Integration and sponsor of the Diversity Charter. These awards recognise the best practices in terms of managing diversity within organisations in Luxembourg in the following four categories: Recruitment, welcome and integration; Career Management; Well-being and working conditions; Communication and values of the organisation. The nominees for each category were presented by former winners of the awards.
In the first category, Marc Piron from the 2017 winning project "ASTI Connections", presented the following nominees: 4Motion peer training; Hogan Lovells' internships for people with disabilities; the Ville d'Esch's "sport for all". The 2019 winner in the "recruitment, welcome and integration" category was 4Motion for its peer training project for shared inclusion, in which many young people are involved.
In the second category, Ariane Toepfer, director of the 2017 winning project "Youth4Work", presented the following nominees: the Arendt & Medernach speech contest; Caceis' Climbing Up project; State Street's Mentoring Circles. The 2019 winner in the "career management" category was Arendt & Medernach for its project involving public speaking coaching.
In the third category, ADEM's Claude Reimen of the 2017 winning project "Contact Center", presented the following nominees: AXA's Parental Charter; ING's "key life stages"; State Street's "Luxembourg Professional LGBT & Allies" association. The 2019 winner in the "well-being and working conditions" category was State Street for its project promoting LGBT+ awareness in the workplace.
In the fourth and final category, Cécile Picart and Jonathan Picart of the 2017 winning Sodexo project "Vis ma vie", presented the following nominees: Digital Inclusion asbl; DLA Piper's "Know your rights" legal programme for asylum seekers; Elisabeth's "Embrace Diversity" project promoting cultural exchanges between different groups in Luxembourg. The 2019 winner in the "communication and values of the organisation" was the Digital Inclusion asbl for its inclusive digital literacy training courses offered in nine different languages.