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


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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