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IMS Luxembourg has reported that 39 organisations signed the Diversity Charter Lëtzebuerg at the official ceremony held on the tenth anniversary edition of Diversity Day on Tuesday 14 May 2024.

The signing ceremony took place at BIL's headquarters in Luxembourg City on Tuesday evening. The charter currently has almost 350 signatories. As reported by IMS Luxembourg, this national day is an opportunity for organisations to take concrete action to promote greater equity and inclusion in the workplace. The official programme of four visits was organised in the presence of Yuriko backes, Luxembourg's Minister for Gender Equality and Diversity and Patron of the Diversity Charter Lëtzebuerg, accompanied by a delegation from IMS, represented by President Christian Scharff.

The day concluded with the official signing session of the 39 new signatory organisations of the Diversity Charter Lëtzebuerg. According to IMS, this event marks the start of an organisation's commitment to promoting and managing diversity, or the formalisation of a new or existing commitment, and brings together the leaders of the new signatories.

Earlier in the day, Minister Backes took part in an official tour aimed at highlighting the benefits of diversity within Luxembourg organisations. As reported by Luxembourg's Ministry for Gender Equality and Diversity, she began her tour with a visit to Sodexo, where she participated in a presentation of the "Vis ma vie [live my life] @ Sodexo" project which offers staff the opportunity to voluntarily discover another profession within Sodexo for a day without constraints of basic training, seniority, gender or hierarchical framework. The minister then inaugurated together with CEO Julien Dumoulin the Diversity Library (Bibliothèque de la Diversité), a project launched on the initiative of the Diversity Network (Réseau Diversité) in the "Happy Corner". Next up was a visit to the Automobile Club of Luxembourg (ACL), where Minister Backes participated in an interactive workshop on diversity and intergenerational issues.

IMS also organised a visit to an exhibition at Handicap International as well as "fun" activities on stereotypes at the Keter plant.

In the evening, at the official signing session, Minister Backes delivered a speech during which she recalled the importance of data collection on the journey towards greater diversity.

The new signatories of the Diversity Charter Lëtzebuerg are: ACL; Administration Parlementaire; adVeci Advisors; Aral; Bâloise Assurances; Banque Degroof Petercam; BESIX RED Luxembourg; CMS Luxembourg; Cocottes; municipality of Roeser; DEFI-JOB asbl; DZ Privatbank; Ecocitizen; École Sainte-Sophie; EHS 3 Frontières; emeis Luxembourg Exploitation; Express Pare-Brise Lux; Fedas Luxembourg; Fiduciaire Cabexco; Formation et Sensibilisation Luxembourg; Fund Channel; Grün Signalisation; Highlight Consulting; INCA Ingénieurs Conseils Associés; Innobullus; Laboratoires Réunis Luxembourg
SA; Le Cachou Graphic; Luxcare; Luxembourg National Data Service (LNDS); LuxRelo; Luxsecurity; Luxembourg's Ministry of the Civil Service; One People; Partnrs; Société Nationale des Habitations à Bon Marché (SNHBM); Sportsvision; Stoll Trucks; Talan Luxembourg; Vistim.

The ministry reported that, one day earlier, Minister Backes had met with representatives of companies in Luxembourg that are part of the "Actions Positives" network. This programme includes a set of measures aimed at establishing de facto equality between women and men in all areas and at all levels of a business. Today, 120 companies are among the signatories of the programme.