Tools for Diversity

The aim of this project was to strengthen the ability of both employers and employees to handle diversity in the workplace.

The target group consisted of leaders, instructors and others who are responsible for training and competence development in their workplaces.
 
In the context of this project, diversity has been understood as concerning differences in culture, language, values, age, gender, sexual preferences, health, and physical ability.

Partnership

Tools for Diversity (TforD) was a two-year Leonardo da Vinci project which started in the autumn of 2006. The consortium included partners from Finland, Poland, Greece, Spain and Norway.  There were two Norwegian partners: Diversity at Work (MiA) and Vox.
 
Each of the partners had a reference group. The reference group took part in the development of content and methods of the tools developed. Both the reference group and the enterprises that tested the products obtained permanent user rights to all the materials developed in the project.

Objectives and products

TforD developed a tool that leaders and instructors can use to monitor attitudes to diversity, and reveal potential challenges and possibilities for improvement.
 
During the project period a course concept was developed and tested. For this part of the project the partners worked together with national groups of organisations, institutions and companies that were interested in taking part in the testing. 
 
The long-term goal of TforD is making the management and exploitation of diversity in the workplace into an integrated part of training structures in the workplaces.   

Project background

The background for this project was among other things the effects of globalisation and of the increased geographic mobility of the work force in European countries. It has become increasingly clear that both society and the workplaces have to consider diversity as an asset which will encourage innovation and creativity.  

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