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Zero discrimination day: a time to consider diversity in the workplace

1 March is Zero Discrimination Day, a time to celebrate diversity and take stock of what needs to be done to create a fairer, more inclusive world of work.

1 March 2021 is Zero Discrimination Day. This annual United Nations initiative promotes and raises awareness of efforts globally to combat discrimination on the grounds of sex, age, health status, occupation, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, class, ethnicity and religion, among others 

In the world of work, employers increasingly recognise the importance and the benefits of a diverse and inclusive workforce. In recent years, many have promoted strategies to ensure their workplaces are open, welcoming and progressive, such as developing unconscious bias training, gathering and analysing data on gender and ethnicity in the workforce and introducing recruitment, mentoring and training initiatives to encourage applications from, and improve retention of, people from underrepresented groups.   

Governments worldwide have also introduced legislation to combat discrimination, including recently on gender pay gap reporting, extending protections to LGBTQ+ individuals and establishing rules on executive pay 

Ius Laboris reports regularly on initiatives and developments in this field. You can find more information on our new Diversity in the Workplace page including a comparison of ‘#MeToo’ initiatives across the world and gender pay gap map, as well as expert analysis of recent legal developments from Ius Laboris lawyers.