Four in 10 companies have diversity quotas in place for recruitment

Four out of 10 Belgian companies are recruiting a more diverse workforce on the basis of quotas or company policies, according to a survey of 500 companies and 2,700 employees by HR services company Acerta on International Day against Racism and Discrimination.

Three out of four companies (76 per cent) say they have a well-developed diversity and inclusion policy. These policies appear necessary given that one in five employees say they have experienced discrimination in the workplace. However, a quarter of companies (24 per cent) do not yet have a real diversity policy.

Some 69 per cent of companies say their workplaces are fairly or very diverse. A further 17 per cent of employers say they could do more in this area. In 14 per cent of companies, diversity remains limited or very limited.

Within their diversity policies, companies are also increasingly focusing on inclusive recruitment. Four in 10 companies say they recruit on the basis of quotas or diversity guidelines. Half say they use inclusive selection tools and techniques to recruit people from diverse backgrounds. Some 39 per cent have a clear policy on the employment of older workers in the organisation.



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