On Thursday 18th April, members of EmployAbility joined other representatives from some of Europe’s most diversity-inclusive employers for the launch of the European Diversity Awards at the W Hotel in Paris.
The European Diversity Awards will take place on Thursday 15th September at the Natural History Museum in London. The Awards recognise and celebrate those organisations and individuals that have shown innovation, creativity and commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion during 2013. EmployAbility is proud to be the disability partner for the event. Tab Ahmad, our Managing Director, will be on the judging panel again this year.
The event launch marked the opening of applications for this year’s awards and whetted our appetite for the main awards ceremony. It was also a great opportunity to meet with others who are passionate about disability equality and diversity in general.
The following day, we were pleased to attend the European Diversity Conference, an annual event which brings together delegates and leading diversity experts from all over Europe to debate today’s crucial diversity-related issues. The Conference proved to be extremely thought-provoking and motivational. The speakers took time to acknowledge Europe’s successes in becoming more diversity-inclusive, but to stress that much work still needs to be done across all strands of diversity. During the afternoon session, Tab formed part of the expert panel, together with Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe, Head of Diversity EMEA at Google, and others, to examine disability in the workplace. Topic discussed included the employer’s role in creating an inclusive work environment where disabled people can thrive.
We very much enjoyed attending these inspirational events and EmployAbility looks forward to such events in the future which help to further disability and diversity in the workplace.