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World Premiere for Europe: First Diversity Chamber of Commerce is established in Romania

15 December 2020

The project was launched on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

The world’s first Diversity Chamber of Commerce has been established in Romania in order to promote the principles of diversity and inclusion in the country’s business community. The Chamber will serve as a forum where multinationals can interact with Romanian businesses run by individuals from minority groups that have traditionally been marginalized economically — and in particular, women, the LGBTQ+ community, Roma, people with disabilities and others.

The project is the only one of its kind in the world, organized on the model of a typical chamber of commerce. Through a whole range of activities, from mentoring and coaching, to training, networking and certification, the Chamber will support the Romanian economy by helping make it easier for minority businesses to connect, compete and grow. The Romanian Diversity Chamber of Commerce was founded by Dentons, ING Bank, Mega Image and Raiffeisen Bank and the NGO “Orasul Meu, Culorile Mele” and was inspired by the Diversity Charter. Other members include Accenture, Accept, GKN Fokker Engineering, Roma Entrepreneurship Development Initiative (REDI) and Visa, with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) as an honorary member. The Romanian Diversity Chamber of Commerce is audited by PwC. Both the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Bucharest and the Netherlands-Romanian Chamber of Commerce supported the formation of Chamber.

“For most international businesses, membership in the Diversity Chamber of Commerce is a natural extension of their focus on corporate social responsibility and an acknowledgement that diversity and inclusion are not only morally right but also good for business. According to international studies, diverse companies are 35% more likely to see better returns than their industry medians. We encourage companies with similar ideals to join us in this revolutionary initiative,” explained Perry Zizzi, Managing Partner of Dentons in Romania and President of the Chamber.

Serge Offers, Chief Financial Officer of ING Bank, and Adrian Nicolescu, Vice President for Brand Market, Communication and Sustainability at Mega Image, were elected as Vice President and Treasurer of the Chamber, respectively.

Leading the way

While most of Western Europe is already championing diversity and inclusion, Romania is one of Eastern Europe’s most active advocates on this matter. More than 70% of respondents to the study “Diversity and Inclusion in Romanian Organizations” conducted by the Romanian Diversity Charter in partnership with MKOR Consulting believe that diversity and inclusion management has a direct impact in increasing motivation and satisfaction at work. Moreover, an inclusive environment that focuses on everyone’s needs is reflected in the improvement of quality of life and mental and physical health of employees (51% of respondents).

60% of large companies have diversity and inclusion strategies and 33% allocate annual budgets for them. On the other hand, 47% of SMEs and 44% of micro-enterprises have an ad hoc approach and only 6% of SMEs allocate diversity and inclusion budgets. Most public institutions participating in the study have an ad hoc approach to diversity and inclusion practices (86%).

86% of organizations addressing diversity and inclusion focus on gender diversity. The companies that focus the most on gender equality issues are large companies and SMEs. 63% of organizations address the inclusion of people with disabilities and 54% include ethnic or religious groups. These are generally public institutions.

International Day for People with Disabilities

Several companies, embassies and organizations in Romania including the Swedish Embassy in Romania, AFI Europe Romania, Light into Europe Association, Dell, Dentons, GlobalWorth, ING Bank, Kaufland, Prime Kapital, Raiffeisen Bank, Motivation Foundation, Sky Tower and Special Olympics Romania joined the Romanian Diversity Chamber of Commerce initiative and celebrated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3rd) by illuminating buildings in purple, thus sending a message of solidarity with the disabled community. According to official statistics, there are approximately 800,000 people with disabilities in Romania.

About the Romanian Diversity Chamber of Commerce

The Romanian Diversity Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization that promotes the principles of diversity and inclusion in the Romanian business community and supports the development of the Romanian economy through implementation of greater diversity and inclusion.

Source: www.nineoclock.ro

World Premiere for Europe: First Diversity Chamber of Commerce is established in Romania

15 December 2020

World Premiere for Europe: First Diversity Chamber of Commerce is established in Romania.

The project was launched on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities The world’s first Diversity Chamber of Commerce has been established in Romania in order to promote the principles of diversity and inclusion in the country’s business community. The Chamber will serve (…)

Source: www.romaniapress.com

First Diversity Chamber Of Commerce Is Established In Romania

14 December 2020

The project was launched on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

The world’s first Diversity Chamber of Commerce has been established in Romania in order to promote the principles of diversity and inclusion in the country’s business community. The Chamber will serve as a forum where multinationals can interact with Romanian businesses run by individuals from minority groups that have traditionally been marginalized economically — and in particular, women, the LGBTQ+ community, Roma, people with disabilities and others.

The project is the only one of its kind in the world, organized on the model of a typical chamber of commerce. Through a whole range of activities, from mentoring and coaching, to training, networking and certification, the Chamber will support the Romanian economy by helping make it easier for minority businesses to connect, compete and grow. The Romanian Diversity Chamber of Commerce was founded by Dentons, ING Bank, Mega Image and Raiffeisen Bank and the NGO “Orasul Meu, Culorile Mele” and was inspired by the Diversity Charter. Other members include Accenture, Accept, GKN Fokker Engineering, Roma Entrepreneurship Development Initiative (REDI) and Visa, with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) as an honorary member. The Romanian Diversity Chamber of Commerce is audited by PwC. Both the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Bucharest and the Netherlands-Romanian Chamber of Commerce supported the formation of Chamber.

“For most international businesses, membership in the Diversity Chamber of Commerce is a natural extension of their focus on corporate social responsibility and an acknowledgement that diversity and inclusion are not only morally right but also good for business. According to international studies, diverse companies are 35% more likely to see better returns than their industry medians. We encourage companies with similar ideals to join us in this revolutionary initiative,” explained Perry Zizzi, Managing Partner of Dentons in Romania and President of the Chamber.

Serge Offers, Chief Financial Officer of ING Bank, and Adrian Nicolescu, Vice President for Brand Market, Communication and Sustainability at Mega Image, were elected as Vice President and Treasurer of the Chamber, respectively.

While most of Western Europe is already championing diversity and inclusion, Romania is one of Eastern Europe’s most active advocates on this matter. More than 70% of respondents to the study “Diversity and Inclusion in Romanian Organizations” conducted by the Romanian Diversity Charter in partnership with MKOR Consulting believe that diversity and inclusion management has a direct impact in increasing motivation and satisfaction at work. Moreover, an inclusive environment that focuses on everyone’s needs is reflected in the improvement of quality of life and mental and physical health of employes (51% of respondents).

60% of large companies have diversity and inclusion strategies and 33% allocate annual budgets for them. On the other hand, 47% of SMEs and 44% of micro-enterprises have an ad hoc approach and only 6% of SMEs allocate diversity and inclusion budgets. Most public institutions participating in the study have an ad hoc approach to diversity and inclusion practices (86%).

86% of organizations addressing diversity and inclusion focus on gender diversity. The companies that focus the most on gender equality issues are large companies and SMEs. 63% of organizations address the inclusion of people with disabilities and 54% include ethnic or religious groups. These are generally public institutions.

International Day for People with Disabilities
Several companies, embassies and organizations in Romania including the Swedish Embassy in Romania, AFI Europe Romania, Light into Europe Association, Dell, Dentons, GlobalWorth, ING Bank, Kaufland, Prime Kapital, Raiffeisen Bank, Motivation Foundation, Sky Tower and Special Olympics Romania joined the Romanian Diversity Chamber of Commerce initiative and celebrated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3rd) by illuminating buildings in purple, thus sending a message of solidarity with the disabled community. According to official statistics, there are approximately 800,000 people with disabilities in Romania.

Source: www.romaniajournal.ro

Dentons co-founds the world’s first Diversity Chamber of Commerce in Romania

10 December 2020

Bucharest— Dentons, ING Bank, Mega Image, Raiffeisen Bank, and the NGO “My City, My Colors (“Orasul Meu, Culorile Mele”) launched the world’s first Diversity Chamber of Commerce, in Romania. The Chamber’s mission is to promote the principles of diversity and inclusion within the local business community, support the development of a more inclusive economy, and encourage organizations to implement successful initiatives in the area of diversity management.

The project is the only one of its kind in the world, organized on the model of a typical chamber of commerce and addressing an extensive range of diversity and inclusion topics such as: gender, LGBT+, ethnicity, disabilities and racism. While activities vary from mentoring and coaching, to training, networking and certification – the Chamber will support the Romanian economy by making it easier for minority-owned or managed businesses to connect, compete and grow.

Perry Zizzi, Romania Managing Partner at Dentons, has been elected as the first President of the Diversity Chamber of Commerce.

“We are very excited to launch this initiative in Romania and to encourage companies with similar principles and ideals to join us in this revolutionary initiative. We all have to step up and work together tirelessly to promote a culture of inclusivity in our communities,” explained Perry Zizzi. “This project comes as an extension of our core values at Dentons. We believe diversity and inclusion are essential to the success and strength of our Firm.”

“We are very excited that Dentons is one of the founders of such an important project in Romania. Inclusion and diversity are fundamental to who we are at Dentons and an integral part of our strategy to making a positive impact in our communities. Those efforts are more important now than ever, and we will continue to work together to support social change and help achieve a more equal world,” said Atanas Politov, Europe Director of Positive Impact at Dentons.

Member companies of the Diversity Chamber of Commerce include: founding partners – Dentons, ING Bank, Mega Image, Raiffeisen Bank and the NGO “Orasul Meu, Culorile Mele” – along with Accenture, Accept, GKN Fokker Engineering, the Roma Entrepreneurship Development Initiative (REDI) and Visa. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is an honorary member. Both the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Bucharest and the Netherlands-Romanian Chamber of Commerce supported the formation of Chamber.

About the Romanian Diversity Chamber of Commerce 

The Romanian Diversity Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization that promotes the principles of diversity and inclusion in the Romanian business community, as well as supporting the development of the Romanian economy through implementation of greater diversity and inclusion. More information on www.rdcc.ro.

Dentons’ global statement on diversity and inclusion is available here.

About Dentons

Dentons is the world’s largest law firm, connecting talent to the world’s challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons’ legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons’ polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic. www.dentons.com

Source: www.dentons.com

Romanian companies set up first Chamber of Commerce for Diversity

06 December 2020

The world’s first Diversity Chamber of Commerce has been established in Romania to promote the principles of diversity and inclusion in the country’s business community, according to Romania-Insider.com.

The Chamber will serve as a forum where multinationals can interact with Romanian businesses run by individuals from minority groups that have traditionally been marginalized economically – particularly women, the LGBT community, Roma, people with disabilities, and others.

According to the initiators, the project is the only one of its kind in the world, organized on the model of a typical chamber of commerce.

Source: www.transylvaniatoday.ro

Romanian companies set up first Chamber of Commerce for Diversity

04 December 2020

The world’s first Diversity Chamber of Commerce has been established in Romania to promote the principles of diversity and inclusion in the country’s business community.

The Chamber will serve as a forum where multinationals can interact with Romanian businesses run by individuals from minority groups that have traditionally been marginalized economically – particularly women, the LGBT community, Roma, people with disabilities, and others.

According to the initiators, the project is the only one of its kind in the world, organized on the model of a typical chamber of commerce.

Law firm Dentons, lenders ING Bank and Raiffeisen Bank, retailer Mega Image, and the NGO “My City, My Colors” are the founding members of the Romanian Diversity Chamber of Commerce. Other members include Accenture, GKN Fokker Engineering, Rome Entrepreneurial Development Initiative (REDI), and Visa, with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) as an honorary member.

Perry Zizzi, Managing Partner of Dentons in Romania, is the president of the Romanian Chamber of Commerce for Diversity. Serge Offers, Chief Financial Officer of ING Bank and Adrian Nicolescu, Vice President for Brand Market, Communication and Sustainability at Mega Image, were elected as VicePresident and Treasurer of the Chamber, respectively.

More than 70% of respondents to the study “Diversity and Inclusion in Romanian Organizations” conducted by the Romanian Diversity Charter in partnership with MKOR Consulting believe that diversity and inclusion management directly impact increasing motivation and satisfaction at work.

Some 60% of large companies have diversity and inclusion strategies, and 33% allocate annual budgets for them. On the other hand, 47% of SMEs and 44% of micro-enterprises have an ad hoc approach, and only 6% of SMEs allocate diversity and inclusion budgets.

Most public institutions participating in the study have an ad hoc approach to diversity and inclusion practices (86%).

Source : www.romania-insider.com

World Premiere for Europe: First Diversity Chamber of Commerce is established in Romania

03 December 2020

The world’s first Diversity Chamber of Commerce has been established in Romania in order to promote the principles of diversity and inclusion in the country’s business community. The Chamber will serve as a forum where multinationals can interact with Romanian businesses run by individuals from minority groups that have traditionally been marginalized economically — and in particular, women, the LGBT community, Roma, people with disabilities and others.

The project is the only one of its kind in the world, organized on the model of a typical chamber of commerce. Through a whole range of activities, from mentoring and coaching, to training, networking and certification, the Chamber will support the Romanian economy by helping make it easier for minority businesses to connect, compete and grow. The Romanian Diversity Chamber of Commerce was founded by Dentons, ING Bank, Mega Image and Raiffeisen Bank and the NGO “Orasul Meu, Culorile Mele” and was inspired by the Diversity Charter. Other members include Accenture, Accept, GKN Fokker Engineering, Rome Entrepreneurship Development Initiative (REDI) and Visa, with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) as an honorary member. The Romanian Diversity Chamber of Commerce is audited by PwC.

or most international businesses, membership in the Diversity Chamber of Commerce is a natural extension of their focus on corporate social responsibility and an acknowledgement that diversity and inclusion are not only morally right but also good for business. We encourage companies with similar ideals to join us in this revolutionary initiative, explained Perry Zizzi, Managing Partner of Dentons in Romania and President of the Chamber.

Serge Offers, Chief Financial Officer of ING Bank and Adrian Nicolescu, Vice President for Brand Market, Communication and Sustainability at Mega Image, were elected as VicePresident and Treasurer of the Chamber, respectively.

While most of Western Europe is already championing diversity and inclusion, Romania is one of Eastern Europe’s most active advocates on this matter

More than 70% of respondents to the study “Diversity and Inclusion in Romanian Organizations” conducted by the Romanian Diversity Charter in partnership with MKOR Consulting believe that diversity and inclusion management has a direct impact in increasing motivation and satisfaction at work. Moreover, an inclusive environment that focuses on everyone’s needs is reflected in the improvement of quality of life and mental and physical health of employees (51% of respondents).

60% of large companies have diversity and inclusion strategies and 33% allocate annual budgets for them. On the other hand, 47% of SMEs and 44% of micro-enterprises have an ad hoc approach and only 6% of SMEs allocate diversity and inclusion budgets. Most public institutions participating in the study have an ad hoc approach to diversity and inclusion practices (86%).

86% of organizations addressing diversity and inclusion focus on gender diversity. The companies that focus the most on gender equality issues are large companies and SMEs. 63% of organizations address the inclusion of people with disabilities and 54% include ethnic or religious groups. These are generally public institutions.

Several companies, embassies and organizations in Romania are lighting their buildings in purple to mark the International Day for People with Disabilities

Several companies, embassies and organizations in Romania including the Swedish Embassy in Romania, AFI Europe Romania, Light into Europe Association, Dell, Dentons, GlobalWorth, ING Bank, Kaufland, Prime Kapital, Raiffeisen Bank, Motivation Foundation, S-Immo,  Sky Tower and Special Olympics Romania are joining the Romanian Diversity Chamber of Commerce initiative and marking today the International Day of Persons with Disabilities by illuminating buildings in purple, thus sending a message of solidarity with the diabled community. According to official statistics, there are in Romania approximately 800,000 people with disabilities.

Source: www.business-review.eu

World’s first Chamber of Commerce for Diversity is set up in Romania

03 December 2020

The world’s first Chamber of Commerce for Diversity is being set up in Romania, with the aim of promoting the principles of diversity and inclusion among the business environment in the country, according to a press release sent to AGERPRES on Thursday.

According to the source, the Chamber of Commerce for Diversity supports Romanian businesses run by minority groups or facing economic and social inequalities such as women, LGBT people, Roma, people with disabilities and other groups, and aims to be a bridge between business and civil society fighting for equal rights and social inclusion.

The Romanian Chamber of Commerce for Diversity is founded by Dentons, ING Bank, Mega Image, Raiffeisen Bank and the NGO “My City, My Colors” and was inspired by the Romanian Charter of Diversity project. Other members include Accenture, GKN Fokker Engineering, Roma Entrepreneurial Development Initiative (REDI) and Visa, with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) as an honorary member. The Romanian Chamber of Commerce for Diversity is audited by PwC.

“For most international affairs, membership in the Chamber of Commerce for Diversity is a natural extension of their mandates of social responsibility and a recognition that diversity and inclusion are not only the right path from a moral point of view, but are also good for business. We encourage companies with similar ideas to join us in this revolutionary initiative,” explained Perry Zizzi, partner of Dentons in Romania and President of the Chamber.

The Romanian Chamber of Commerce for Diversity is a non-profit organization aiming at promoting the principles of diversity and inclusion in the Romanian business environment, but also to supporting the Romanian economy and society by valuing the application of these principles.

Source: www.stiripesurse.ro

World’s first Chamber of Commerce for Diversity is set up in Romania

03 December 2020

The world’s first Chamber of Commerce for Diversity is being set up in Romania, with the aim of promoting the principles of diversity and inclusion among the business environment in the country, according to a press release sent to AGERPRES on Thursday. According to the source, the Chamber of Commerce for Diversity supports Romanian businesses run by minority groups or facing economic and social inequalities such as women, LGBT people, Roma, people with disabilities and other groups, and aims to be a bridge between business and civil society fighting for equal rights and social inclusion.

Source: www.ziarelive.ro

PRESS RELEASE: World Premiere for Europe: First Diversity Chamber of Commerce is established in Romania

The project was launched on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Bucharest, December 3rd. The world’s first Diversity Chamber of Commerce has been established in Romania in order to promote the principles of diversity and inclusion in the country’s business community. The Chamber will serve as a forum where multinationals can interact with Romanian businesses run by individuals from minority groups that have traditionally been marginalized economically — and in particular, women, the LGBTQ+ community, Roma, people with disabilities and others.

The project is the only one of its kind in the world, organized on the model of a typical chamber of commerce. Through a whole range of activities, from mentoring and coaching, to training, networking and certification, the Chamber will support the Romanian economy by helping make it easier for minority businesses to connect, compete and grow. The Romanian Diversity Chamber of Commerce was founded by Dentons, ING Bank, Mega Image and Raiffeisen Bank and the NGO “Orasul Meu, Culorile Mele” and was inspired by the Diversity Charter. Other members include Accenture, Accept, GKN Fokker Engineering, Roma Entrepreneurship Development Initiative (REDI) and Visa, with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) as an honorary member. The Romanian Diversity Chamber of Commerce is audited by PwC. Both the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Bucharest and the Netherlands-Romanian Chamber of Commerce supported the formation of Chamber.

“For most international businesses, membership in the Diversity Chamber of Commerce is a natural extension of their focus on corporate social responsibility and an acknowledgement that diversity and inclusion are not only morally right but also good for business. According to international studies, diverse companies are 35% more likely to see better returns than their industry medians. We encourage companies with similar ideals to join us in this revolutionary initiative,” explained Perry Zizzi, Managing Partner of Dentons in Romania and President of the Chamber.

Serge Offers, Chief Financial Officer of ING Bank, and Adrian Nicolescu, Vice President for Brand Market, Communication and Sustainability at Mega Image, were elected as Vice President and Treasurer of the Chamber, respectively.

Leading the way

While most of Western Europe is already championing diversity and inclusion, Romania is one of Eastern Europe’s most active advocates on this matter. More than 70% of respondents to the study “Diversity and Inclusion in Romanian Organizations” conducted by the Romanian Diversity Charter in partnership with MKOR Consulting believe that diversity and inclusion management has a direct impact in increasing motivation and satisfaction at work. Moreover, an inclusive environment that focuses on everyone’s needs is reflected in the improvement of quality of life and mental and physical health of employes (51% of respondents).

60% of large companies have diversity and inclusion strategies and 33% allocate annual budgets for them. On the other hand, 47% of SMEs and 44% of micro-enterprises have an ad hoc approach and only 6% of SMEs allocate diversity and inclusion budgets. Most public institutions participating in the study have an ad hoc approach to diversity and inclusion practices (86%).

86% of organizations addressing diversity and inclusion focus on gender diversity. The companies that focus the most on gender equality issues are large companies and SMEs. 63% of organizations address the inclusion of people with disabilities and 54% include ethnic or religious groups. These are generally public institutions.

Several companies, embassies and organizations in Romania lit up their buildings in purple to mark the International Day for People with Disabilities

Several companies, embassies and organizations in Romania including the Swedish Embassy in Romania, AFI Europe Romania, Light into Europe Association, Dell, Dentons, GlobalWorth, ING Bank, Kaufland, Prime Kapital, Raiffeisen Bank, Motivation Foundation, S-Immo and Special Olympics Romania joined the Romanian Diversity Chamber of Commerce initiative and celebrated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3rd) by illuminating buildings in purple, thus sending a message of solidarity with the disabled community. According to official statistics, there are approximately 800,000 people with disabilities in Romania.

About the Romanian Diversity Chamber of Commerce 

The Romanian Diversity Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization that promotes the principles of diversity and inclusion in the Romanian business community and supports the development of the Romanian economy through implementation of greater diversity and inclusion.