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Diversity & Inclusion Friday news round-up: May 10 2019

Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up. Today we are talking about diversity in the workforce, a very inclusive IT startup, a sexist mother’s day advert and a world record in scrubs. Happy Friday!

D&I Roundup
Caroline Berns 

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA

Category, topic & hashtags

Diversity

While the majority of Americans say that diversity in the workplace is important, there are doubts about how to achieve it. According to a new study from Pew Research Center, 75% of Americans surveyed said that racial and ethnic diversity needs to be promoted in the workplace – but only 24% want this to be considered in decisions about hiring and promotions.

Inclusion

An IT startup is proving that inclusion is possible! Ultra Testing, founded in 2013 by two engineers from MIT, believes in hiring neurodiverse employees and 75% of their staff are on the autism spectrum. And it pays out – the company is doing very well, their clients include Fortune500 and they even managed to take business away from giants like IBM or Capgemini. Read more here.

Stereotypes

A nurse's uniform is a short skirt, a cap and an apron, at least according to Guinness World Records when they told a nurse that her world record attempt for running the fastest marathon in a nurse's uniform was void, because she was wearing scrubs. After an international outcry, they have now decided to update the definition and awarded Jessica Anderson her title.

Sexism

Edeka, a large German supermarket group, released a new advert for the upcoming Mother's Day and received harsh criticism from both men and women, calling the advert sexist. The clip is showing dads failing at parenting and ends with "Mama, thank you for not being Papa".

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