Kraków Airport has signed the Diversity Charter

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Kraków Airport is the first airport in Poland which joined the group of signatories supporting the Diversity Charter.

By signing the Diversity Charter, Kraków Airport has committed itself to counteracting discrimination, creating and conducting equal treatment policies, as well as working towards creating and promoting diversity in the workplace. Kraków Airport also expressed its willingness to involve all employees, as well as business and social partners, in activities promoting the provisions of the Charter.
Joining the group of signatories supporting the Diversity Charter is a natural consequence of the implementation of the responsible business strategy, which defines the priority areas of Kraków Airport’s involvement. One of the main directions of the company’s development is the commitment to be a responsible employer, guaranteeing a friendly working environment, and showing care for transparent operational practices.

In its daily business operation, Kraków Airport ensures the transparency of behaviours and raises employee awareness and knowledge about diversity through implemented and applied procedures. Internal regulations and practices are centred around the principles of counteracting discrimination on the basis of religion, language, sex, sexual orientation, beliefs, genetic characteristics, ethnicity, health or age.

The international nature of the airport, diversity of clients, as well as the vast number of entities providing services at the airport, constitute an ideal ground for promoting diversity management in Poland. Kraków Airport is already undertaking activities to promote diversity in cooperation with its social partners.

Last year, Kraków Airport signed an agreement with the State Fund for Rehabilitation of Disabled People, which sets out a cooperative approach in increasing employment of people with disabilities and improving the accessibility of facilities and services offered by the airport. The signed agreement, among others, provides for training for employees regarding contacts with people with disabilities in terms of their employment, improving the quality of passenger services, learning sign language, promoting activities for disabled people, as well as shaping positive attitudes towards disabled people and supporting projects and programs in the field of social and professional integration of disabled people. Kraków Airport also cooperates with the Foundation for Active Rehabilitation in respect of periodic trainings for airport personnel. The trainings consist of two parts: theoretical and practical. They constitute an important element of understanding the needs of people with disabilities.

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The Diversity Charter is an international initiative which promotes and disseminates policies on equal treatment and diversity management in the workplace. It is supported by the European Commission. The initiative is implemented in 19 countries of the European Union (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Ireland, Luxembourg, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden, Hungary, and Italy).

In Poland, the Responsible Business Forum serves as the coordinator of the Diversity Charter. Since 2012, i.e. since the launch in Poland, the Charter has been signed by over 220 signatories. Thus, Polish companies join the group of over 7,000 other European institutions that actively counteract discrimination and mobbing by creating employee-friendly workplaces. The signatories of the Charter report on undertaken social activities and promote diversity management among their business partners, thus contributing to the activities for social cohesion and equality. Signing the Diversity Charter is voluntary and free of charge.

The Polish Diversity Charter belongs to the European Platform of Diversity Charters at the Directorate-General for Justice of the European Commission, thanks to which it has the opportunity to meet regularly, draw on knowledge and experience and learn about good practices from companies from all the countries where Diversity Charters are in force.