Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round-Up: February 23, 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up. Have you watched Black Panther yet? The movie is breaking one box-office record after the other – not only because it is made by Marvel, has a great story and the makers had a huge budget – but because it is inclusive and so empowering!

Diversity and Inclusion
Caroline Berns

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA

My colleague Lisa Smith-Strother wrote this blog post after watching the movie over the weekend.

Diversity

Black Panther, the long awaiting Marvel movie featuring a black superhero, hit the theaters last week and it is a great success. The movie has already broken several box-office records and lets us hope that more movie studios will invest in diversity.

Gender Equality

According to Barclays 2017 gender pay gap report, there are huge pay gaps across the group. The report showed that women earn up to 43% less per hour, and even up to 73% less in bonuses. Barclays commented that the gender pay gaps are due to very few women working in senior roles and they have to accelerate the progression of women into these roles.

Sexism

Spanish PR agency rejected a female applicant via email, saying that they were only looking for males, since they could handle the pace of working with big accounts. The applicant shared a screenshot on social media and customers like Coca-Cola reacted immediately and terminated their contracts with the agency. Read more here.

Inclusion

In the US, an estimated 80% of adults with autism are unemployed – but some companies are making an effort to change this. This very interesting article talks about 3 of those stories and shows how SAP’s and Microsoft’s inclusive approach is a success for the candidates and their employers.


ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTOR
Caroline Berns
Caroline Berns is the Head of Talent Acquisition for Ericsson Middle East & Africa. Born in Germany, she lived in the US and various countries in Europe until 2012, when she moved to South Africa.
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