Celebrating EU Diversity Month in Bulgaria

As European Diversity Month wrapped up, companies in Bulgaria demonstrated their commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusion (DEI) through a series of impactful events. Here are some inspiring examples of how the Bulgarian Diversity Charter signatories marked the occasion with innovative initiatives and inspirational discussions.

CATRO Bulgaria: Neurodiversity and Hybrid Work Environment Discussion

CATRO Bulgaria hosted a compelling event on neurodiversity and hybrid work environments, drawing together enthusiasts and supporters from the business and civil sectors. The event, held on May 29, 2024, featured a panel discussion on “Neurodiversity and Hybrid Work Environments – Wellbeing, Belonging, and Performance,” focusing on ways to improve work environments for neurodivergent employees.

Experts from CATRO presented in-depth research highlighting the need for strategies to develop neurodiverse talent, emphasizing that neurodiversity in the workplace represents an untapped pool of capable individuals who are highly sought after in the job market. The event also showcased how information technology can create inclusive hybrid working environments. Ani Ivanova from the Bulgarian Diversity Charter summarized the benefits provided to Charter signatories, including resource exchange, sharing experiences and best practices, discussions, workshops, and participation in working groups on various DEI projects.

Photos: CATRO Bulgaria

Lidl Bulgaria: Inclusion is Our Conscious Choice and a Bridge to the Future

Lidl Bulgaria marked European Diversity Month with a special event on May 30, 2024, organized in partnership with the Council of Women in Business in Bulgaria (CWBB) and the Faculty of Economics at Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski. The event was attended by participants of the two editions of the Leadership Academy for Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion, students, speakers, and representatives of the Bulgarian Diversity Charter.

The event featured presentations from Sonia Demireva, Director of CWBB, Atanas Georgiev PhD, Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Marina Stefanova PhD, Deputy Dean, and Valeria Doycheva, Head of Lidl Bulgaria’s Palitra program for diversity and inclusion. They discussed the importance of diversity and inclusion from the perspectives of the educational system, NGO, and business sectors. “Overcoming stereotypes and inclusion goes through learning new things about the topic, being aware and passing the knowledge on,” said Valeria Doycheva.

Photos: Lidl Bulgaria, Council of Women in Business in Bulgaria

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