Dienstag, März 07, 2006


its all so diverse

I am just right now trying to find out a little more about diversity management policies of public and private organisations and it is amazing which nice words they use!
It is fun to see what kind of “diversity” different actors a talking about. Here are some examples for you:

IBM: “We take positive actions to ensure equal opportunity in the conduct of business activities without regard to gender, race, colour, national origin, sexual preference, marital status, pregnancy, potential pregnancy, age, disability, religious belief, family responsibilities, ethical belief, employment status and any other factors that are not related to individual ability, job performance and potential to develop in the workplace.“

HP: „ In accordance with this, HP does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, disability, age, or covered veteran status“

“All Lexmark employment practices are conducted without regard to race, color, age, gender, religion, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or disability.“

„Xerox Corporation is an equal opportunity employer and, as such, affirms in policy and practice to recruit, hire, train, and promote, in all job classifications, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Furthermore, Xerox will not discriminate against persons who are veterans of the Vietnam era. Similarly, considering the need for reasonable accommodation to their limitation, Xerox will not discriminate against persons because of their handicap, including disabled veterans.“

Ithaca college: “Increase the diversity of the Ithaca College population – students, faculty, staff and trustees – with regard to age, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical ability, and religious belief, and ensure equity in admissions and employee positions. … Everyone is treated fairly regardless of their race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, sex, marital status, family responsibilities, disability, age, sexuality, political or religious beliefs, socio-economic group, trade union activity or being an ex-offender”

Making conclusions for youth NGOs I have not found any jet who has the following “diversity criteria” included in their mission statement: marital status, family responsibilities, trade union activity, being an ex-offender, political belief, veteran status, potential pregnancy, military status…

Those things seem not so relevant for European NGOs or so obvious that they are legally regulated.

But – “all different – all equal”

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