Credit: IMS

The ninth edition of the Diversity Day, organised by IMS - Inspiring More Sustainability, took place on Tuesday 23 May 2023.

This national day is an opportunity for organisations to illustrate their engagement through concrete actions (signatories or not of the Diversity Charter). This event aims to bring together companies, public organisations and associations around the promotion of diversity.

The day ended with the official signing session of the new signatory organisations of the Diversity Charter Lëtzebuerg. Described by IMS as a significant moment at the beginning of a commitment towards diversity promotion and management or formalisation of an existing commitment, the signing session is a highlight of the Diversity Charter agenda, gathering the new signatories' management.

According to IMS, 73% of the signatories of the Diversity Charter observe an improvement in their image and reputation thanks to their diversity policy (source: Barometer Diversity & Business Lëtzebuerg 2021).

On Diversity Day 2023, an official tour was organised in the presence of Corinne Cahen, Luxembourg's Minister for Family Affairs, Integration and the Greater Region and Patron of the Diversity Charter Lëtzebuerg, accompanied by a delegation from IMS, represented by President Christian Scharff. The tour featured the "Diversity Fair" at Lycée Michel Lucius, a "50 ways to fight bias workshop" at SES, the opening of the Trisomie 21 exhibition at the Banque et Caisse d'Épargne de l'État (BCEE; Spuerkeess) and a stands visit at ArcelorMittal.

In addition, the following 43 organisations newly signed the Diversity Charter Lëtzebuerg: Aztec; Baker McKenzie; BlackRock; Campus Contern; D'co; Digitalize; École Internationale Gaston Thorn; European Stability Mechanism (ESM); F3C Systems; Ferrero; Fidelux; Fondation APEMH; Fujitsu; Grant Thornton Luxembourg; Hofstede Insights Luxembourg-Belgium; HR Community; Indoor Forest; Intelsat; Julius Baer; Lab Group Luxembourg; Lamboley Executive Search; Laure Maillard; Ligue Luxembourgeoise d'Hygiène Mentale; LuxCMA; Luxembourg School of Business; LuxTrust; Lycée Michel Lucius; Mobbing; Morgan Philips; Moulins de Kleinbettingen; Novotel Suites Luxembourg; Return2Career; Revantage; Rollingertec; RSM Tax & Accounting Luxembourg; Savills; Schroder Investment Management (Europe); SIX Financial Information Luxembourg; SOS Kannerduerf; Swissquote; The Event Agency; The NETWORK; Workculturati.

All in all, the Diversity Charter currently has 294 signatories committed to promoting and managing diversity through concrete actions that go beyond legal obligations.

This ceremony was also an opportunity to present three new tools developed by the Autonomous Working Groups 2022; these tools will be available during summer 2023:

• Intergenerational management: a practical guide led by Sodexo;

• Impaired health at work: a practical guide and testimonials led by PwC;

• Gender equality: a self-assessment tool led by ABBL.

Moreover, two new Autonomous Working Groups 2023 have been set up and will work on the following themes:

• Against racism, to draft a good practice guide, led by SES Satellites;

• LGBTQIA+ Inclusion, to establish a state of play of what is being done to promote the inclusion of LGBTQIA+ people in companies, led by RBC Investor & Treasury Services.