28 May 2019:
Seminar on the impact of the inclusive working culture | 28.05
The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Polish Institute for Human Rights and Business invite to a seminar:
“Impact of the inclusive working culture on the company performance. Tools, indicators, good practices”
May 28, 2019, at 10.00 – 16.30
Conference Hall, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Poland, ul. Kawalerii 10, Warsaw
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The honorary patronage over the event was taken by the Netherlands-Polish Chamber of Commerce, the Diversity Charter coordinated by the Responsible Business Forum and the Vital Voices Poland.
The newspaper Rzeczpospolita took the media patronage over the event.
Peter Drucker used to say that „culture eats strategy for breakfast”. Together with participants we will explore how your company can use the potential of inclusive culture and become a work-friendly place, increasing the productivity and creativity of employees and your financial success.
The aim of the seminar is to support companies in effective implementation of activities aimed at counteracting discrimination in the workplace, managing diversity and – what will be the main focus of the seminar – creating an inclusive organizational culture in the workplace, which – as the research results show – has a real influence on effectiveness, efficiency and creativity of employees as well as on the company’s financial results. The seminar also fits in the series of activities supporting the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, including indirectly the implementation of the (Polish) National Action Plan for the implementation of the UN Guidelines on Business and Human Rights 2017-2020.
The seminar will focus in particular on good practices, and examples of how to overcome the challenges of creating an inclusive and safe work environment for all, with particular emphasis on minorities. We will pay attention to the multidimensional nature of diversity – from traditionally perceived minority groups through a greater presence on the labor market of older people or foreign workers.
We will look at the sequence of actions that should be taken to ensure that the company reaches a level of maturity that will lead to long-term results and enable the implementation of diversity management and, more generally, a work culture that promotes social inclusion. We will also discuss why the attempt to implement policies aimed at stakeholders, and in particular employees, who are not ready for such policy yet, just because „everyone does it” can – although well intended – have an opposite effect in the long run. We will also look into the difference between terms that are often used interchangeably, such as the prevention of discrimination, equal treatment and diversity management. We will look into why it is crucial that the company is able to assess where it is on its way in building an inclusive culture to enable choosing or developing measures that are best suited to the level of awareness among stakeholders and the company’s capabilities and needs.
We will also show tools that companies can use in the context of building inclusive culture in the workplace as well as in the context of non-financial reporting requirements. One part of the seminar will be dedicated to how to design and select indicators, and how to analyze them to have a real picture of the situation and to achieve strategic goals in the area of diversity management and integration. We will also provide space for presenting good practices and solutions by companies with Polish and Dutch capital.
Preliminary Agenda of the Seminar:
Part I: Inspiratorium – good practices and solutions in the implementation of diversity management and inclusive culture
9.30 – 10.00 Registration
10.00 – 10.15 Welcome by Ambassador / Deputy Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and President of the Polish Institute of Human and Business.
10.15 – 10.45 The role of the State in supporting human rights in the business context – the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights, SDGs, the role and activities of the SD and CSR Committee, Accessibility Plus Program (MIIR). TBC.
Presentation of activities and tools developed to support entrepreneurs, incl. a tool for measuring the pay gap (MRPiPS, MIIR). – TBC
10.45 – 11.00 Trends in diversity management. Diversity Charter – Research results. – Katarzyna Mróz (Responsible Business Forum)
11.00 – 11.10. Non-financial reporting in the area of human rights. Good practices and what is worth improving. – Beata Faracik (Polish Institute of Human Rights and Business)
11.15 – 12.30 Good practices:
– Aktywizacja & Poczta Polska
– Orange (TBC)
– Diveristy Hub
– Workplace Pride (TBC)
12.30 – 13.00 Coffee break/ Snacks
Part II: Instrumentarium.
13.00 – 13.45. A panel on the experience of enterprises in implementing solutions to counteract discrimination and their path to the stage of designing and implementing diversity management, with particular emphasis on identifying / mapping diversity in the organization.
Participants: speakers from companies and other invited guests
13.45 – 14.15 „Organisation’s development of the approach to human rights: from combating discrimination to managing diversity. Different understanding of the concept of diversity „- Dominika Sadowska (Strefa Różnorodności)
14.15 – 15.00 „Art (and knowledge) of choosing indicators”
– Dr Kinga Wysieńska di Carlo.
The aim of the presentation is to show what indicators measure, and what type of diagnosis and measurement of the effectiveness of possible changes in diversity management they allow. We will also address the difference in the measurement of diversity vs. the measurement of discrimination.
15.00 – 15.20 Q & A session.
15.20 – 15.30 Summary and „next steps”.
15.30 – 16.30 Reception