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

Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion News Round-Up. Today we are talking about dangerous masculine stereotypes, a new Diversity in the Workplace report, why companies have to commit to drive disability inclusion and The Body Shop’s new and inclusive hiring policy.

Caroline Berns

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA


An estimated 15 percent of the world’s population have disabilities, and a high number of them are without work (40% in the EU and over 60% in the US). As part of the “Valuable 500” campaign, over 240 companies have now committed to put disability on their board agenda and make a conscious effort of disability inclusion. Read more here.


Vessy.com just released their latest “Diversity in the Workplace Report”. The report features interviews from companies like IBM, Spotify and Atos, sharing best practice examples of their diversity and inclusion initiatives. Interesting read!

Gender Stereotypes

“Boys don’t cry”, “You are a man, toughen up” – those sentences probably sound familiar to a lot of men. There are more and more supports groups now challenging these dangerous masculine stereotypes, one of them is HUMEN, a mental health charity in the UK. Watch the video.


The retailer The Body Shop just announced their new hiring philosophy, called “open hiring”. Basically anyone who applies to a job at their retail stores, will be hired at a “first come first serve basis”. The company is saying that this “no interview, no background checks” process will hopefully reduce bias in the recruitment process and improve retention.

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