The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands signs the Slovene Charter of Diversity as first foreign mission

On Tuesday, 10 December 2019, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands was the first foreign mission to sign the Slovene Charter of Diversity. With their signature, they want to bring attention to the importance of diversity in the workplace and set an example. Next to the Embassy, three Dutch companies signed the Charter as well: Shell-Adria, Butan Plin and Ocean Orchids.

The event was opened by the Advocate of the Principle of Equality Mr. Miha Lobnik and was very well visited: almost 70 people gathered in the Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO) on Tuesday morning to exchange their views and best practices on diversity management.

In his opening address, ambassador of the Netherlands to Slovenia Mr. Marco Hennis spoke about the importance of diversity and inclusivity. “Diversity is an invitation to a party, inclusivity is when everybody is dancing.” He also warned his fellow signatories that signing the Charter was not the end of the journey, but rather the start: “Diversity and inclusivity are buzz-words: everyone uses them but do you act on them?”

Stressing that the Netherlands became a competitive economy by allowing everyone to express his opinion, he emphasized that it takes courage to create a truly inclusive work environment. Fostering a diverse and inclusive culture not only helps to face societal challenges like migration and an aging population, but also enables companies to emerge from these challenges as more competitive businesses. Research has shown that diversity contributes to the quality of decision-making, innovation and happiness within a company.

Since 2017, the Charter has grown to 145 signatories. The network is growing fast and has support from i.a. multinationals, SMEs, NGOs and academia.

The event was organized by Šentprima, in partnership with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Advocate of the Principle of Equality. The location was facilitated by Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO).