This Wednesday, Ecartic along with 23 other companies officially joined the Diversity Charter led by the Estonian Human Rights Organization. Together with the new members, the Estonian Diversity Agreement Network includes 172 employers who are brought together by a common interest in the success achieved through a work culture that respects differences and diverse experiences.
What is the Diversity agreement?
A Diversity agreement is a voluntary agreement by which a company, non-governmental organization, or public sector organization affirms that it respects the diversity of people and values the principle of equal treatment among its employees, customers, and partners. All the organizations in the various fields of activity that have joined the Diversity agreement form a network to share their diversity management experiences and promote equal treatment in society.
The Diversity Agreement was launched in Estonia in 2012, and similar diversity networks operate in 26 European countries. In Estonia, the activities related to the agreement are coordinated by the Estonian Center for Human Rights.
Diversity and Ecartic
Ecartic joining the Diversity Agreement seemed like a natural step. We are an international company, with employees and consultants working from a wide range of countries, thanks to the possibility of remote and hybrid work. Our team consists of 20 amazing humans, representing 6 different nationalities. Diversity also applies to our team’s professional backgrounds, which is necessary if you think about our company’s structure – different ideas and perspectives are essential to make it work. Also, our ventures represent the curiosity and diversity of Ecartic, it runs in the DNA of our company.
Our values and what brought us to become part of the Diversity Charter
As mentioned, diversity is part of Ecartic, but diversity is also a lot more complex than we sometimes realize, ranging from small to big differences we could make, but all of them matter.
It is important to grow, learn and improve. All these qualities are represented in our values:
We are growing
It is our core value, and how better to grow than by being surrounded by other like-minded people and companies.
We are curious
Always keen on learning new things and looking for ways to put more value in everything we do.
We are responsible
We are responsible for our actions, but we are also responsible to promote equal treatment in society.
We believe in great communication
That is only possible if we understand each other and embrace our differences because they will make us stronger.
The signing of the Diversity Agreement
On Wednesday the Estonian Center for Human Rights organized the official event for welcoming the new members. It was also the record year of new entries, 24 in total. Even the new members were as diverse as they could be, from start-ups to government ministries, to universities, etc. After meeting everyone and hearing their thoughts on why they joined, we are very excited to see what great things we can do together! Our CEO Miko Salo shared some of his thoughts:
“Being open-minded and curious are guiding principles of our approach at Ecartic. Diversity and inclusion go absolutely hand in hand with this and we are proud champions of these values. We recognise that the Estonian Center for Human Rights is a key driver in facilitating the adoption of this culture in broader society.”