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D&I Weekly News Round Up: Gender, Neurodiversity and more

Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion News Round-Up. Today we are talking about an executive training for women that caused an uproar, a bank that is hiring candidates with criminal records, a company using neurodiversity as their competitive advantage and how an adapted skateboard made a little boy very happy.

Caroline Berns
Caroline Berns 

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA

Gender

“Don’t flaunt your body”. What sounds like business advice from decades ago, was actually part of an executive training that women at Ernst & Young attended in 2018. The training material telling women how to behave around men was made public this week and sparked a lot of outrage on social media. Read more here.

Inclusion

The American bank JP Morgan Chase announced this week that they will stop asking questions about criminal records in their job application process. The company started the “second chance” program last year and has since then hired over 2000 people with a criminal history.

Neurodiversity

Unemployment rates for people with Autism are very high – but a software company from New York uses neurodiversity as their competitive advantage. 75% of Ultranauts staff are on the autism spectrum and the company has adjusted its recruitment processes and workplace environment accordingly.

Inclusion

Although 7-year-old João Vicente from Brazil has cerebral palsy, he has always dreamed of skateboarding. His mom was finally able to help him when a local company started building skateboard adaptations. Worth watching!

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