Today Germany celebrates its sixth Diversity Day. The initiative was set up in 2013 by the Charta der Vielfalt with the aim of promoting the recognition, appreciation and integration of diversity into Germany’s business culture.
So, what are the implications of diversity and how can firms and policymakers encourage a diverse workplace?
Paul Spoonley observes, “Empirical studies have found that achieving superdiversity—a substantial increase in the scale and scope of minority ethnic and immigrant groups in a region—can provide certain economic benefits, such as higher levels of worker productivity and innovation. Superdiversity can also provide a boost to local demand for goods and services.”
In terms of improving entrepreneurship in transition economies, Elena Nikolova suggests, “Exploiting diversity (in terms of gender or religion) can serve as a powerful policy lever in a number of ways, including by supporting would-be entrepreneurs who reside in culturally diverse areas and who are female, and by paying particular attention to those with extensive social networks. Female-friendly policies in the public sector can help more women to start their own business.”
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Opinion: Disability and labor market disadvantage
Disabled people, that is, individuals who report a long-term limiting health problem, are one of the most disadvantaged groups within the labor market. In the EU, for example, the employment rate among disabled people is just less than 50%. Moreover, the prevalence of disability amongst the population is sizable and often underestimated, with 1 in 8 Europeans aged 15–64 currently disabled. The substantial disadvantage experienced by a significant minority means the experience of disabled people within the labor market is an issue of key social, economic, and fiscal policy importance, with governments internationally looking for effective solutions. Read the full commentary.
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ILO: Polarisation(s) in Labour Markets, June 19. The Directorate for Research, Studies and Statistics (DARES) of the French Ministry of Labour and the Research Department of the International Labour Organization (ILO) are organizing an international conference on “Polarisation(s) in Labour Markets.”
The World Labor Conference 2018, June 26-29. The IZA will hold a World Labor Conference, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of IZA, in Berlin, Germany, on Thursday and Friday, June 28 and 29, 2018. There will be eight sets of two-hour parallel sessions, with each of the 48 sessions containing four papers