ACP YPN at the Final #BHMEU “CSOs Capacity Building Workshop” and the “Multi-Stakeholder Debate on Actions for PAD Rights”

After one month of events in partnership with local People of African Descent (PAD) organizations all over Europe, the ACP YPN organized on the 5th of  November 2019 a final training day with its partners’ representatives as well as experts from various Civil Society organisations in Europe. The “Final #BHMEU CSOs Capacity Building Workshop” was a full day event on capacity building, networking and reflections on how to build on the Resolution on PAD Fundamental Rights as well as the UN Decade for PAD, in their own activity and as a European Network. The main objectives of the workshop were as follows:

  • Gathering CSO, International organisations and European Parliament Representatives to report and discuss PAD fundamental Rights situation in Europe. 
  • Set the bases of a new European Network of PAD organisations coordinated by ENPAD, designed to compose a board of experts for a permanent Forum to be formed around the UN PAD Decade. 
  • Find together the next steps of social equality improvement for European PAD: best practices and support to advocate for implementing the PAD decade in their countries. 

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This workshop given by the international and European organizations was followed by a panel on “BHM EU Final Multi-Stakeholder Debate on Actions for PAD Rights” at the European Parliament. This panel discussion was hosted by MEP Pierrette Herzberger Fofana, with the aim of raising awareness and exchange on actions to take around the Resolution on Fundamental Rights of PAD, voted in March 2018, with a particular focus on 4 topics: 

  • Women and Intersectionality
  • Youth perspective
  • Employment, Social Affairs and Integration
  • LIBE – Justice and Home Affairs

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You can follow the discussion and contribute using the hashtag #ACPYouthTalk, #BHMEU, #BlackHistoryMonthEU

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ACP YPN at the “Take your identity to work: Best practices on managing diversity from leading companies” panel discussion.

On the 30 October 2019, the ACP YPN organized at Google HQ in Brussels, a panel discussion on “Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace”, which was then followed by a virtual visit of Google Arts & Culture. This panel discussed different diversity strategies from leading companies: Google, Mastercard, McKinsey & Company and last but not least Sodexo. 

Background of the debate and objectives

What can we learn from the top private sector stakeholders in recruiting and managing a diverse workforce? Behavioral tests show that the origin of the candidate causes a difference in treatment and influence the probability of being invited to a job interview. In Belgium, job applicants with foreign sounding names have 30% less chances of being invited to a job interview compared to applicants with a similar profile but Belgian sounding names.Other characteristics such as nationality, origin and skin colour affect the chances of the candidates’ selection. 20% of Belgians prefer not to have a person of foreign origin as a colleague, let alone as a chef. One person of foreign origin out of three believes that his/her Belgian colleagues have difficulties accepting.

What we can learn from the top private sector stakeholders in recruiting and managing a diverse workforce

Google is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce that celebrates the diversity of its employees, customers, and users. 

Mastercard  was recognised by DiversityInc for its efforts to create an inclusive culture built on a foundation of decency and respect” last year for the 6th year in a row.

The McKinsey’s 2015 Why Diversity Matters and 2018 Delivering through diversity both report a “statistically significant [positive] correlation between a more diverse leadership team and financial out-performance”. 

Sodexo works to “attract, develop, engage, advance and retain a high performing workforce that reflects the communities they serve, with a global commitment to diversity and inclusion which covers five key dimensions – Gender, Cultures & Origins, Disability, LGBTQ and Generations. *

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Speakers included:

Jacqueline Rajuai – Lead of Black Google Network at our Dublin HQ and Programma  for our Geo (Maps) team

Michel Croisé – president of Sodexo Benelux 

Lerato Matsion – Engagement Manager in Mckinsey & Company

Virgile Aitondji – Director, Market Delivery – Co-Lead of th Mastercard LEAD Business Resource Group, Belgium

Moderator: 

Adelaide HIRWE – ACP Young Professionals Network

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The panel was live Streamed by: 
ADEPT Platform

You can follow the discussion and contribute using the hashtag #ACPYouthTalk, #BHMEU, #BlackHistoryMonthEU

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