Despite existing legal framework conditions for anti-discrimination measures, in practice massive barri-ers still exist for those groups covered by anti-discrimination law. Within the scope of a project co-funded by the European Commission’s PROGRESS programme, the team works towards an efficient implementation of non-discrimination rules, also, and notably, with regard to the structural dimensions of discrimination.
The project is characterised by its highly practice-oriented approach to research. On the basis of the legal framework to combat discrimination and theoretical concepts to deal with diversity at the work-place, work will be carried out with model companies to develop concrete implementation strategies. In particular, the project aims to encourage organisation development processes which embrace the prin-ciples of equality mainstreaming. It is therefore requisite, together with the businesses, to assess their status quo concerning this matter, to determine company-specific objectives and to identify target-oriented measures, how and under which conditions they could be implemented. In order to be carried into execution, these tailored organisation development strategies will be placed at the companies’ disposal and then be integrated into a handbook for dealing with diversity and establishing equal op-portunity at workplaces in Austria.
In addition, a network of companies shall be established whose objective is to increasingly address the challenges of diversity among their employees and customers and who are willing to do so with a focus on providing for more equal opportunities.
For the German version of the handbook see attachment.