EcoRéseau Business – Diversity and inclusion, startups still have work to do

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O start Next 40 and French Tech 120 will have to publish their professional equality index. And that from 2023.

Why focus only on large groups when it comes to inclusion and diversity? O start, they also have their role to play. Monday, October 17th, the national association for equal opportunities Diversity published a study entitled “The start, inclusion and diversity” in collaboration with PwC France and Maghreb, and Occurrence. Upon arrival, despite some effort, our offspring still have plenty of room to maneuver.

“Almost 10% of CDI offers in France are offered by start while only 20% of French workers have considered applying. It is absolutely necessary to get out of this mimicry”, explains Diversidays co-founder Anthony Babkine. In other words, the employees of the universe start tend to look alike. A kind of cloning. When French workers are asked about criteria likely to restrict recruitment in the startemerge: degree level (for 50% of them), age (48%), geographic origin (16%), social origin (15%), ethnic origin (14%) and gender (14%) .

“It is urgent to put into practice an objective policy of inclusion and diversity […] using the right tools. Those that make it possible to measure, recruit in a differentiated way, exchange among peers and further improve the employee’s career so that he does not privilege a single type of profile”, defends Anthony Babkine.

The professional equality index released from 2023 for some start

O start Respondents, as well as large companies, perceive inclusion and diversity as an “important” topic. A vector of talent retention, growth and performance. It’s hard to say otherwise today – it’s already a small step forward. The co-founder of the equal opportunities association reminds us: “Companies with a very diverse composition are 45% more likely to grow their market share compared to the previous year and 70% more likely to capture a new market. »

But in fact, situations discrimination also exist within these companies. The study specifies that, for those considering applying for a job, the risk of suffering discrimination is high: 39% of employees in start claim to have been a victim, 40% claim to have testified.

promising commitments

So, for more transparency, from 2023 onwards, the start Next 40 and French Tech 120, will have to publish their professional equality index. The pay gap between women and men, this is an example of what this index measures. “Companies will also have to publish a carbon footprint. The objective is that the start integrate social and environmental criteria and communicate about it,” Jean-Noël Barrot, Deputy Minister for Digital Transition and Telecommunications, told AFP. Inclusion and diversity, two major challenges, all the more essential as the start constitute “the great companies of tomorrow”, anticipates Pauline Adam-Kalfon, partner responsible for inclusion and diversity, PwC France and Maghreb.

Finally, 12 investment funds have just signed up for a technology more inclusive: Alter Equity, Daphni, Educapital, Eurazeo, Isai, Parquest, Raise, Ring Capital, Sagard, Serena, 360 Capital and Galion.exe. These funds first engage in various levers: training their managers on diversity issues, appointing an inclusion and diversity referent, etc. And I want to influence the start, through including an “inclusion and diversity – equal opportunity” clause in investment pacts.



Diversidays’ five recommendations:

  1. Take the D&I ambition to the highest level of the company and bet on collective intelligence and group dynamics;
  2. Take advantage of the recruitment opportunity as a key moment to welcome diverse talents;
  3. Get support thanks to the support of all the actors involved and the appropriate tools (eg Tech Your Place);
  4. Encourage investment funds to position themselves to impose a change of funds in relation to these issues, in the absence of sufficiently encouraging legal constraints;
  5. Establish D&I criteria within the framework of the Next 40 and Next 120 rankings to integrate these rankings.

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