Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
DEI Charter approved by the ESAE Board of Directors on 9 December 2022
ESAE strongly believes that embracing and promoting diversity, equity and inclusion is essential in order to make associations thrive. Beyond being more inclusive, organisations who apply DEI perform better, grow their reputation and have a stronger employer’s brand.
ESAE aims to assist Association leaders and executives, as well as associations themselves, in their efforts to be inclusive and lead by example, by:
promoting and practicing inclusion.
providing assessment tools, template policies and training.
offering a discussion forum.
ESAE especially wants to provide a safe environment for sharing experiences and shaping opinions on DEI, in order to develop guiding principles that are relevant for the framework of Associations and their leaders and executives. In doing so, we advance ESAE’s mission while also providing added value to members and society.
What is DEI?
Diversity is the presence of differences that may include race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, language, (dis)ability, age, religious commitment, or political perspective. Populations that have been-and remain- underrepresented among practitioners in the field and marginalized in the broader society. (It must be noted though that preferences regarding religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, religious commitment, or political perspective stay within the personal aspects of life and an employer should not request information/be informed on these aspects belonging to the personal atmosphere. Therefore it is hard and delicate to develop a policy that doesn’t intrude into the employees’ personal lives).
Equality doesn't mean Equity.
Equity is promoting justice, impartiality and fairness within the procedures, processes, and distribution of resources by institutions or systems. Tackling equity issues requires an understanding of the root causes of outcome disparities within our society.
Inclusion is an outcome to ensure those that are diverse actually feel and/or are welcomed. Inclusion outcomes are met when you, your institution, and your program are truly inviting to all. To the degree to which diverse individuals are able to participate fully in the decision-making processes and development opportunities within an organization or group.