Non-discrimination and equal opportunities – fundamental values promoted by the Diversity Charter
On 17 October 2018, the Association for Assistance and Sustainable Development Programmes – Agenda 21 organized at the headquarters of the Romanian-American Foundation a workshop on "Non-discrimination and equality of opportunities – fundamental values promoted by the Diversity Charter", as part of the European Project IDEAS, coordinated by DOBROVITA – Slovenia, with partners from the public and private sectors in Romania, Slovenia and Croatia. The Project is supported by the European Commission through the DG Justice and Consumers Programme, while in Romania it is implemented by the Association for Assistance and Sustainable Development Programmes – Agenda 21, the National Agency of Civil Servantsand Foundation Forum for International Communications.
The event was organized under such circumstances that Romania has become the 21st European signatory country of the Diversity Charter. The purpose of the workshop was to point out the values promoted by the Diversity Charter, that is, acknowledgement and promotion of diversity, non-discrimination and gender equality, as well as increase the number of entities to have signed the Diversity Charter, which stand up to 80 private and public entities at present.
In Romania, by signing the Diversity Charter, the signatory organisations are motivated to acknowledge and extend the advantages of integrating diversity into the organisational and human resources practices. Once the Charter is signed and acknowledged, diversity gets practical dimensions and becomes and integral part of the organisational culture of the signatory organisations and institutions. The Diversity Charter in Romania takes after the successful models existing in other European countries and is based on a set of general principles, assumed by the signatory entity on a voluntary basis.
By signing the Charter, the signatory entity makes a public commitment to assist, to protect and to develop diversity in its organisational framework. The document can be equally assumed by companies, small and medium enterprises, non-governmental organisations, public institutions, employers' associations, business associations, academic institutions, etc.