German law makes it difficult for employers to gather information on the diversity of their workforces, but the new EU Corporate Reporting Sustainability Directive could make it easier.
Nowadays many organisations have set themselves the goal of promoting a diverse workforce. Diversity monitoring could be a useful first step in this direction, but raises legal concerns in Germany. However, this could soon change due to new European legal requirements.
Diversity monitoring in Germany
Diversity monitoring, that is the targeted collection of information on diversity characteristics of the workforce (such as migration background, religion, disability, social origin etc.), is increasingly becoming a focus of corporate management in Germany. In the Anglo-American world, these processes are quite common due to legal requirements. Therefore, German subsidiaries of international corporations are increasingly confronted with enquiries about the diversity of their workforce. This trend will intensify in the future, as explained later.
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