Embrace Difference

More than 50 global CEOs and Chairs of leading European industrial and technology companies #EmbraceDifference.

These corporate leaders signed a pledge committed to create the right environment and conditions for ALL employees to reach their full potential.

Because Inclusion & Diversity is not just about gender, race, sexual orientation or disability. It’s about welcoming a full range of talents from across the entire spectrum of society.

Inclusion & Diversity Toolkit

Our Inclusion & Diversity toolkit provides some concrete actions that contribute to a more inclusive company culture, to unleash the full potential of a diverse workforce.
Jean-Pierre Clamadieu
Merck Group

OUR pledge

The leaders of some of Europe’s largest companies call for
  • 1

    A culture of inclusion

    Create an open and inclusive work environment where all individuals’ contributions are valued, their voices are listened to and respected.
  • 2

    Leadership that embraces inclusion

    Establish Inclusion & Diversity as a strategic business imperative at all levels of an organisation visibly led by the “top leadership”, acting as role models.
  • 3

    Aspiration and goal setting

    Set and maintain challenging but achievable goals and ambitions within the organisation.
  • 4

    Clear responsibility for Inclusion & Diversity

    Ensure that all managers are responsible for reaching diversity goals and ambitions and that they have appropriate oversight of strategies and initiatives to achieve them.
  • 5

    Equal opportunities

    Review people policies, processes and practices, including recruitment, retention, development, remuneration and career planning to foster diversity and avoid any bias.
  • 6

    Societal engagement and responsibility

    Contribute to bridging the skills gap by supporting the development of STEM and digital subjects in education. Focus on apprenticeships, dual learning (i.e. combined learning in schools and on the workfloor), and business-education partnerships especially for underrepresented groups.
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Voluntary targets

Since 2012, ERT has published company-specific targets and figures on the involvement of women in business.

Targets for Women

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The European Round Table for Industry is a forum that brings together around 60 Corporate Leaders – Chief Executives and Chairs – of leading multinational companies of European parentage, covering a wide range of industrial and technological sectors. ERT strives for a strong, open and competitive Europe, with the EU and its Single Market as a driver for inclusive growth and sustainable prosperity. Companies led by ERT Members have combined revenues exceeding €2 trillion, providing direct jobs to around 5 million people worldwide – of which half are in Europe – and sustaining millions of indirect jobs. They invest more than €60 billion annually in R&D, largely in Europe.