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Συνέδριο στην Κύπρο

Λευκωσία 25.2.2022

Το Center for Social Innovation – CSI πραγματοποιεί συνέδριο για την συμπερίληψη της διαφορετικότητας στους εργασιακούς χώρους, στις 15 Μαρτίου 2022, 9.00 – 12.45, στο Θέατρο Πόλης – ΟΠΑΠ (Τεμπών 10-12, έναντι Παλιάς Ηλεκτρικής, Λευκωσία). Το συνέδριο λαμβάνει χώρα στα πλαίσια της ολοκλήρωσης των εργασιών του ευρωπαϊκού προγράμματος EMBRACIVE, στο οποίο το CSI συμμετέχει εκ μέρους της Κύπρου.
Στην εποχή των πολλαπλών δοκιμασιών της παγκοσμιοποίησης, η διαφορετικότητα αποτελεί μια αδήριτη πραγματικότητα. Η αναπηρία, ο σεξουαλικός προσανατολισμός, η καταγωγή, τα θρησκευτικά πιστεύω, η εξωτερική εμφάνιση δεν μπορούν να αντιμετωπίζονται ως προβλήματα προς επίλυση αλλά ως δεδομένα που κάθε εργασιακός χώρος οφείλει να συμπεριλάβει αρμονικά.
Μετά από 2 χρόνια εργασιών σε Ελλάδα και Κύπρο, τις δύο χώρες που συμμετέχουν στο πρόγραμμα EMBRACIVE, εργασιών που απέφεραν πλούσια και βιώσιμα αποτελέσματα, το CSI προσκαλεί σε μία εφ’ όλης της ύλης συζήτηση για το πώς το κάθε διαφορετικό άτομο εντάσσεται ισότιμα στον εργασιακό χώρο.
Στο συνέδριο παρεμβαίνουν:

  • Αλκίνοος Ιωαννίδης, τραγουδοποιός
  • Conor Long, Πρέσβης της Ιρλανδίας στην Κύπρο
  • Δημήτρης Χατζησοφόκλη, Managing Director του CSI
  • Δημήτρης Λαμπριανίδης, Πρόεδρος Οργάνωσης Παραπληγικών Κύπρου
  • Diya Arishe, αναγνωρισμένος πρόσφυγας (Συρία)
  • Παναγιώτα Κωνσταντή, Senior Project Manager, CSI
  • Μαρία Μουσμούτη, Εκτελεστική Διευθύντρια Ιδρύματος Τσάτσου (Ελλάδα)
  • Σταύρος Μηλιώνης, Πρόεδρος KEAN Κύτταρου Εναλλακτικών Αναζητήσεων Νέων (Ελλάδα)
  • Γιάννης Σιδηρόπουλος, Policy Expert του ΙΒΕΠΕ-ΣΕΒ (Ελλάδα)
    Συντονίζει ο Βαγγέλης Γέττος, Project Manager & Social Media Coordinator του CSI
    Το συνέδριο, στο οποίο η συμμετοχή είναι δωρεάν, θα πραγματοποιηθεί στα ελληνικά, διά ζώσης και σε απόλυτη συμμόρφωση με τα ισχύοντα υγειονομικά πρωτόκολλα.
    Δήλωση συμμετοχής (περιορισμένος αριθμός θέσεων) μέσω του συνδέσμου (https://forms.gle/TLCdsxYDPjXQNvNH6)
    Πληροφορίες: 22610711 & vaggelis.gettos@csicy.com

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Diversity Management Workshop

On Monday 31 January 2022, the Diversity Management Workshop was successfully held online by KEAN for Greece in the framework of the European project Embracive. The Workshop was attended by HR executives from major companies such as Inditex, PPC Renewables SA, Ellinikos Chrysos, Mili Loulis, Ecolab S.A., Printec Hellas S.M.S.A., Chimar Hellas, Labadarios and Partners and Kyvernitis Travel.
The Workshop was opened by the President of KEAN and founder of Diversity Charter Greece, Mr Stavros Milionis.

The 1st part of the workshop was dedicated to the presentation of the Embracive project and its results, the experience gained so far, as well as the business objectives of the participating companies on diversity.

The 2nd part was dedicated to the Diversity Charter for Greek businesses. Katerina Psiha, Communication Manager of Diversity Charter Greece, presented the benefits of the signatories of the Charter, as well as the activities implemented by Diversity Charter Greece.
In the 3rd part, good practices on Diversity from the Greek and international market were presented by Mr Theodoros Katsikis, Inclusion & Diversity Lead of Accenture and Ms Lia Bertsiadou, Inflammation & Immunology Lead, Head of the “Diversity & Inclusion, Action!” initiative of Pfizer in Greece, Cyprus & Malta. In the 4th part “Role Models – Diversity Expert”, people with a positive attitude talked about their own experience and shared with the participants the difficulties they faced and the ways they themselves overcame all the obstacles. Mr Vangelis Avgoulas, President of the organization “Me alla matia” spoke about the right of every citizen to autonomous, equal and safe access and participation in all areas of activities (productive, political, cultural, etc.) of society. Then, Mr Yannis Hadjimbeis, Marketing & Fundraising professional, Paralympian, Ironman, motivational speaker and mentor spoke positively about his own experience, encouraging the participating companies to hire employees representing all pillars of diversity. Finally, Dr Anastasia Kyniwou, Academic Coordinator for Global Online Programmes, Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management at Manchester Metropolitan University stressed the importance of diversity policies.
The 3rd and 4th part of the workshop was jointly attended by businesses from Greece and Cyprus – via Teams.

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Free Training Program: Management of Diversity in the Business Environment in Cyprus

Today, on Friday 4th of June, the FREE training program on MANAGEMENT OF DIVERSITY IN THE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT started in Cyprus by CSI, representing the Diversity Charter in Cyprus. The training programme is held for the European Project EMBRACIVE.

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Free Training Program: Management of Diversity in the Business Environment

Yesterday, on Monday 17th May, the FREE training program on MANAGEMENT OF DIVERSITY IN THE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT started by IBEPE – SEV as the person responsible for the implementation of the Embracive training program. The program is conducted in six series of training seminars, lasting six hours each, with the participation of 102 trainees.

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Information on the results of the expressions of interest for participation in the training program for business executives.

The period of submission of applications by companies, for the participation of their executives in training on MANAGEMENT OF DIVERSITY in the BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT, ended on April 16 with extremely intense interest.

The training, implemented within the European EMBRACIVE program, addressed to 90 business executives, will be conducted in a series of 6 seminars lasting 8 hours each in the period May – June, which will be implemented by IBEPE-SEV.

The applications exceeded all expectations, reaching the number of 84 companies and 173 executives, almost doubling the project forecasts. This strong interest confirms the need to introduce modern systems and methods of human resource management in companies as a key component for their development. IBEPE-SEV has defined the final list of executives who will participate in the seminars according to the terms of the invitation, as well as the final dates of the seminars.

For those executives who will not be able to participate to the seminars, due to the inability to serve all the requests for participation, the possibility of finding alternative solutions and the distribution of the relevant material is already being considered.

The companies and executives that will participate in the seminars will be informed in detail within the next few days.

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Diversity in Business: Benefits and Challenges

Managing diversity in the work environment is a relatively modern trend for most Greek companies. The need to implement relevant policies, however is growing – mainly due to changes in the composition of human resources. For  example, the recent EU Proposal for a Joint Employment Report 2021 states, that despite an increase in women’s participation in the workforce, the wage gap with men has narrowed slightly in recent years. Respectively, employment opportunities for people with disabilities are significantly smaller compared to the general population.

On the issue of diversity management, SEV – Hellenic Federation of Enterprises, in the framework of the European EMBRACIVE project, concludes from a relevant survey completed in October, that 204 business executives responded with extremely interesting results. Responses show that diversity management is a recorded value for 138 companies (68%), while only 87 companies (43%) have written policies on the same issue. When asked about the reasons for adopting formal policies for business diversity, the most important reasons for adoption of modern trends is the strengthening of the company’s image/reputation.

Participants answered that nationality / citizenship, gender and sexual orientation are the first three issues covered by formal business policies.

Although gender seems to be the second most important feature, in a recent publication of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) of the Equality Index for 2019, Greece ranks last amongst 28 countries. It is mentioned, that  our country needs to improve significantly on this issue.

To avoid direct or indirect discrimination in the recruitment / selection process participants consider, that the most important factors are to provide specific instructions to executives involved in the selection process, and to avoid gender discrimination in ad content. The biggest problem companies face regarding the enhancement of diversity in attracting / choosing is the prejudices within the company itself.

Similarly, to avoid discrimination amongst existing staff, a company considers the most effective practice is to provide salary increases based solely on performance and not on ‘different’ characteristics of employees. Usually, employees are informed and educated about issues related to diversity through general culture or behavior inclusion programs. Possibly because the issue of diversity is relatively recent in business culture, there are, for most participants measurable goals except for gender, age, and the educational level. Finally, the majority findings show that the implementation of the General Regulation on Personal Data Protection (GDPR) facilitates, while respectively the pandemic of Covid-19 doesn’t affect the enhancement of diversity.

Based on results of the quantitative research in combination with the analogous ones from the parallel quality, it appears, that to improve the capacities of Greek companies, it is extremely useful to enhance the diversity of human resources, especially relevant and needed when operating on a global level.

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A SUCCESSFUL KICK-OFF MEETING OF THE NEWLY LAUNCHED PROJECT EMBRACIVE

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A SUCCESSFUL KICK-OFF MEETING OF THE NEWLY LAUNCHED PROJECT EMBRACIVE

The kick-off meeting of European project EMBRACIVE “Embracing Diversity and Fostering Inclusion in the Workplace” was, successfully, held online on April 28th and 29th  2020, amid the restrictive measures for the prevention of the Covid-19 pandemic.

This is a new and innovative project that aims to promote diversity, equality and social inclusion in the business sector both in Greece and in Cyprus. The support and promotion of the Diversity Charter, a tool for businesses that has created the theoretical framework for the implementation of equal opportunities and diversity in the work environment is of great importance to the project.

All partners agree on the need to encourage both businesses and all public and private sector organizations to develop and implement diversity and inclusion policies. Research shows that in Greece and Cyprus there are common challenges due to the great similarities in political, cultural and economic level.

The Center for European Constitutional Law (CECL), as the coordinator, the Institute for Industrial and Business Education & Training (IBEPE-SEV), the Center for Social Innovation (CSI) and the Cell of Alternative Youth Activities planned and prepared the project activities and agreed on the common goals. The partners discussed the various stages of the project which include research, training, promotion and evaluation of activities in general. The main objectives of the Embracive project include the promotion of non-discrimination, the fight against racism and intolerance in the business environment.

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“Embracing diversity and fostering inclusion in the Workplace” Conference

The “Embracing diversity and fostering inclusion in the Workplace” Conference took place on Friday, September 25th at Zappeion Megaron. Institutional actors, renowned speakers, sponsors and signatories were present with both physical and digital presence and framed the content of the hybrid conference with very interesting speeches and discussions.
They raised key issues about the importance of diversity and equal opportunities in the work environment while examining the progress made in accepting diversity and equal opportunities in Greek companies.
The Conference was implemented online, while at the same time there was the possibility of attending it physically in different rooms in Zappeion, complying with all safety measures and distances, in groups of 9 people per room.