Twenty new organisations, including the Estonian Business School, have joined the Diversity Agreement

Another significant step has been taken in promoting diversity and inclusion in Estonia. On the 8th of May 2024, a total of twenty organisations from both the public and private sectors signed the Diversity Agreement, publicly affirming their commitment to respecting human diversity and adhering to principles of equal treatment.

The Diversity Agreement, coordinated by the Estonian Human Rights Centre with support from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, has gained increasing popularity each year. The signing ceremony was a grand event attended by many well-known companies and institutions, including the Estonian Business School, the National Institute for Health Development, Orkla Estonia, and many others. To date, a total of 218 organisations have joined the agreement. Estonia is now part of a larger European diversity platform that encompasses agreements across 26 countries.


Katrin Nyman-Metcalf, Chair of the Estonian Human Rights Centre's Board, commented: "The Diversity Agreement has become increasingly popular each year, and a significant portion of Estonia's most interesting companies, institutions, and organisations have joined. It is gratifying that diversity in the workplace is valued by companies and employees across various sectors."


Helen Talalaev, head of Diversity and Inclusion at the Estonian Human Rights Centre, explained: "The organisations that have joined form a community where experiences are shared and efforts are made to promote the topic of equal treatment both within their own organisations and more broadly in society."


Ahti Kuningas, Chancellor of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, stated: "As the national leader in promoting equal opportunities, gender equality, and consequently diversity, it is natural and the only possible course for us to act based on these values and towards these goals as an employer. We see that joining the Diversity Agreement offers us a great opportunity to enhance our knowledge base and exchange experiences with other organisations. We also take pride in being a leading employer in the field of diversity within the network."


This event confirms Estonia's commitment as a society to diversity and equal rights, setting an example and strengthening the foundation for further progress throughout the region.