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Section: DAY 4: Diversity management in SMEs
With a more specific knowledge of what Diversity Management
actually is, the attention of this day will be mainly focused on SMEs and how
DM may be particularly useful for small business realities. There will be described the main difficulties faced by SMEs but also the main opportunities that these
have when approaching ethnic and cultural diversity. In the same realm,
participants will get to know the Guide for the Implementation of Diversity Management Practices in SMEs of the European Union
and will get to know better also the Diversity Chapters already
existing in the different participant countries. Examples and good practices of Diversity Management in big corporations and in SMEs will
be described and discussed. Finally, participants will continue to work on their Diversity Management
Once you have completed Topic 1, you should know/be able to
define/have knowledge of:
the main advantages and difficulties that may be encountered during the
implementation of Diversity Management programs and practices in a very
specific socio-economic context such as the one of SMEs;
Learning some of the main strategies/steps to elaborate and
implement Diversity Management initiatives in SMEs;
Identifying the main elements that characterize successful
examples of Diversity Management practices in big corporations and/or SMEs.
Differentiating the role of social partners in the promotion
of ethnic diversity in the different MIGRAID countries.
Please write three of the main benefits of Diversity
Management for SMEs and three of the main difficulties to overcome to implement
Summary Exercise 2
Summary Exercise 2
Please select one or more fundamental guidelines to elaborate initiatives of Diversity Management in SMEs:
Try to implement the initiative by yourself without getting lost in others’ advices.
Improve communication with all your employees
Get new costumers and access new markets
Do not worry too much of the company’s reputation.
Recruit people only from the native population.
Summary Exercise 3
Summary Exercise 3
In one or two paragraph maximum, please describe one
example of Diversity Management that you got to know during the training week
and briefly explain why, according to you, this is a successful case study (you
can select the example either from big companies or SMEs):
Please drag the items on the left to the correct definitions on the right hand side:
The four main Confederations of Trade Unions are committed promoting solidarity with foreign workers both at the legal level with the defense of acquired rights and at the social level trying to combat exclusion and exploitation. The network of companies and organization grouped through the Diversity Chapter are among the most active ones in the promotion of diversity practices within the workplace.
The educational and counselling programs of social partners are the most consistent effort in empowering working migrant populations. At the level of advocacy and policy making, social partners are involved in institutions such as the Economic and Social Committee (OKE) and the National Human Rights Commission (EEDA). However, it seems that diversity management in companies and organizations is not a priority, especially after the last economic crisis.
It does not exist a National Action Plan in terms of immigrants’ integration, the resources in this topic are limited, and the role of trade unions and civic organizations becomes one of merely consulting without the support of employees and local/national authorities.
Trade unions, employers’ organizations and local public authorities are all well involved in the design of the integration path for immigrants and refugees; this is done through meetings where representatives from all branches try to identify the obstacles and define solutions for facilitating the process.
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MigrAID: EDUCATING SOCIAL PARTNERS TOWARDS ETHNIC DIVERSITY IN SMEs
Introducing the Migraid Project
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