EBRD held a Gender and Inclusion Regional Conference to address investment in tomorrow's workforce


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EBRDs Gender and Inclusion conference was a great success

EBRD's Gender and Inclusion conference was a great success

Prime employer for women, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) held a half day conference in collaboration with Google - the Gender and Inclusion regional conference: Investing in tomorrow’s workforce - to discuss the future of equality and inclusion in the workplace and to share best practices from companies in Central and Eastern Europe. The event was held at the Google Campus in Warsaw in Poland.

EBRD Google gender event in Warsaw Poland

The event addressed emerging economic inclusion in the region and explore solutions driven by the private sector under equal opportunities practices across operations, including recruitment, outreach, training, retention, safety, promotion, advancement, family leave, and skills development strategies.

The ethos of diversity and inclusion in the workplace is changing due to rising awareness on fairness in business. The EBRD says employers are beginning to understand the importance of creating an equal and diverse workplace for attracting and retaining talent. Education around diversity and inclusion is now a vital aspect of company culture.

"An increasing number of millennials believe that organisations have a moral obligation to give back to the society in ways that create an inclusive environment for everyone to participate and thrive, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity or disability. What does this mean for the future landscape of the workplace? What can companies do to meet the demand of the new workforce?" asks the EBRD. 

A varied and informative conference agenda

The conference aimed to build the understanding of the audience in the following topics:

  • acknowledging progress on gender equality-based equal opportunities policies and practices and taking stock of emerging challenges (childcare provision, women on boards)
  • recognising the importance of wider diversity and equality in the future workplace landscape, especially for LGBTI and people with disabilities
  • discussing the key issues facing companies around equality and diversity and the relevant advice to address them
  • demonstrating the value of creating a diverse and equal workplace to facilitate peer-learning through sharing case studies and training opportunities.

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