Study (E&Y): Global Mobility Programmes fail to foster Talents

International experiences and cross-national exchanges are among the most wanted aspects in globally operating companies. Transferring these ideals to reality seems to be more difficult, as Ernst & Young’s sixth annual “Global Mobility Effectiveness Survey 2013” suggests. The study examines business practices and movements of expatriates and business travellers and gives detailed information about Continue reading

Alarming EU-Survey uncovers widespread Anti-Semitism in Europe

Almost 70 years after the liberation from the inhuman Nazi dictatorship, anti-Semitic beliefs and acts should have been eliminated from European societies as demons of darkest history. Unfortunately this turns out to be an all too optimistic wish. For the first time in EU history a cross-national survey of 5,850 Jews from eight countries was conducted by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). The resulting report reveals Continue reading

Mit Vorbildern für Diversity inspirieren: Role Model Survey bei Osram und Role Model Database bei Henkel

Es gibt solche und solche Vorbilder für Diversity: Die einen führen vor, wie Vielfalt produktiv gestaltet werden kann und die anderen zeigen, dass auch Menschen erfolgreich sind, die nicht der einheitlichen Vorstellung traditioneller Manager entsprechen. Osram und Henkel nutzen die zwei Typen von Role Models in ähnlicher und doch unterschiedlicher Weise. Continue reading

Hostility against LGBT Community: Hungary applauds Russia, Turkey censors gay apps, Merkel and Barilla against Gays

Even the new Pope has recently demonstrated awareness for the need to acknowledge the fact of different sexual orientations existing. But a few powerful anti-gay leaders feel confident enough to position themselves against open societies and equal rights for members of the LGBT community. After demonstrations against gay marriage in France, Putin’s Russia endorsed Continue reading

European Antidiscrimination law review for all EU Member States

It is nearly impossible to be informed about all kinds of anti-discrimination laws and relevant updates in more than 30 European countries at the same time. Thus a quality overview is not only helpful but essential to get a concise yet accurate overview of local specifics and regional similarities. The 16th bi-annual “European Anti-Discrimination Law Review” published by the European Network of Legal Experts in the Non-discrimination Field covers all 28 EU Member States, and the candidate countries Macedonia, Iceland and Turkey as well as Liechtenstein and Norway.

The aim of the network is to Continue reading

Schweizer Führungsetagen sind international – deutsche nicht

Wie setzen sich die Spitzengremien der größten Schweizer Unternehmen zusammen in Hinblick auf Internationalität und Geschlecht? Diese Frage beleuchtet seit 2006 der jährlich erscheinende Schilling Report durch Analyse der Geschäftsleitungen und Verwaltungsräte. Während sich der Anteil der Frauen in Geschäftsleitungsgremien seit 2006 nur um zwei Prozentpunkte auf 6 Prozent erhöhte, ist der Ausländeranteil seither deutlich gestiegen. Continue reading


Es ist eine simple Rechnung: Allein die Frauen könnten bei der kommenden Bundestagswahl die absolute
Mehrheit erzielen. Nähmen sie von den Männern noch die hinzu, die nicht ‚Mainstream’ sind, könnten sie
gemeinsam die Verfassung ändern – und zwar selbst dann, wenn es viele sogenannte Abweichler gäbe. Abweichler – das ist einer jener Begriffe, die sehr plastisch die politische Kultur in Deutschland repräsentieren. Continue reading

Number of over-65s in work tops one Million

The work force is aging as baby boomers move toward retirement. By now, one in ten over-65 year olds are still wage-earners. This question has recently been revisited by the Office of National Statistics in the UK (ONS). When they released a report showing that the number of employees older than 65 have reached far more than 1 million, that figure made the ghost of demographic shifts a spooky reality. Continue reading

Really real: Talent shortages are no longer just a future threat – how D&I can help

Talent shortages are having a high impact on a company’s ability to meet their clients’ needs. One out of five employers in the EMEA region that are in need of additional talent agree with this statement. This is one of the eye-opening results from the 2013 Talent Shortage Survey conducted by the Manpower Group. Especially in Asia but also in the EMEA region, organisations are having enormous difficulties to find enough of the rightly skilled talents now – while everybody thought this was only going to happen ‘some time in the future’. Continue reading

Swiss Boards are finally becoming international – German boards aren’t

What do the management boards of the largest Swiss corporations look like – with regard to internationality and gender? Since 2006, this question is answered by the annual Schilling Report which evaluates the composition of executive boards and so-called administrative boards (supervisory boards) of the country’s blue chip firms and other large organisations. A similar study was carried out for Germany in collaboration with European Diversity Research & Consulting. Continue reading


Einfach „bunt“ – auf diese griffige Formel brachte Moderatorin Dunja Hayali die Beschreibung dessen, was Diversity für sie im Kern ausmacht. Deutlich mehr punktete sie beim Publikum der Verleihung des Deutschen Diversity Preises in Berlin mit ihrer Selbstbeschreibung eines „Migrationsvordergrundes“. Gekonnte Zuspitzung wie es sich für einen solchen Anlass gehört. Ein Anlass, der wohl vor allem eines will: Ein strahlendes Licht auf große Namen werfen, um einem wichtigen Thema die nötige Beachtung zu verleihen. Continue reading

First speaking digital TV for blind people

The introduction of the digital TV led to problems for partially sighted and blind people as this technical revolution made watching TV impossible for them: While in the past a combination of hearing, residual sight, and audio description (AD) was used to describe what was shown on-screen, this information nowadays is written on the screen and cannot be accessed by blind people. Ironically, Continue reading

Unicredit offers different loans for different customers

This year, the Italian bank Unicredit was awarded four top recognitions, two second and three third ranks in the Italian “AIFIn Cerchio d’Oro dell’innovazione finanziaria”, an award organized by the Italian Financial Innovation Association with the aim to promote the role of innovation in banking, financial sectors, and insurance). Due to the fact that UniCredit had an excellent position in 7 different categories, the company received a special award as “Innovative Broker of the Year”. Over the last years, Unicredit has steadily improved Continue reading