The observation is clear: discrimination is still (often) present in the world of work. And even when a company demonstrates diversity, it is not necessarily a champion of inclusion. However, there are simple and effective solutions. This is particularly the case of CSR, an approach at the service of inclusion. Let’s take a closer look.
Diversity and inclusion at work
The 14th edition of barometer on the perception of discrimination in employment (dedicated to youth) reports that in 2021, more than one in three young people (37%) say they have already experienced discrimination or discriminatory harassment at work. These discriminations concern in particular:
- Recruitment situations (34% of respondents);
- The performance of the job (33% of respondents);
- The career development process (23% of respondents);
- and access to an internship (18% of respondents).
These worrying figures show that problems of diversity and inclusion in the workplace still persist. If this study concerns youth, it is only a reflection of what is happening more broadly in the world of work.
It will therefore also be understood that a company that demonstrates diversity does not necessarily demonstrate inclusion. We speak of inclusion when an organization makes the necessary efforts to create an environment in which all employees feel in their place, welcome and valued..
Inclusive business: an advantage
A team rich in experience and diverse backgrounds is a non-negligible asset for the company. By opening up to inclusive recruitment (followed by an inclusion policy), the organization gives itself access to a broader talent pool. This approach allows an indisputable gain in economic performance, as well as a rare cultural dynamism within the teams.
Indeed, the more the profiles are varied, the more the organization has ways of approaching problems and finding solutions. Diversity and inclusion thus boost creativity, as well as the capacity for innovation of companies that make the effort to benefit from it.
Inclusion at work also promotes better understanding and collaboration within work teams. It calls for team spirit and mutual support, which improves the feeling of belonging and the retention of talent. In addition, this is of course generally beneficial to the image of the company.
CSR: the basis of inclusion
For a company, applying the principles of CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) means caring about the consequences of its actions, internally and externally, and acting accordingly. Inclusion and diversity are therefore strong axes of CSR.
Thanks to a global policy, CSR allows a company to encourage consultation between stakeholders, to ensure close monitoring of results and to highlight its commitments to become an example of diversity.
Of course, it is not always easy to know how to set up a solid inclusion process. This is why it is strongly encouraged to surround yourself with the right people who can provide personalized support, saving you time and efficiency.