Diversity on the Move is a research project co-funded by the European Union – DG Justice – Progress Programme, whose aim was to explore discrimination in the labour market and public administration. Codici carried it out in partnership with UNAR (Ufficio Nazionale Antidiscriminazioni Razziali), Cittalia, ARCI, ArciGay, A.Ge.D.O., Associazione Carta di Roma, MIT, ENAR, FISH and Fondazione Sodalitas.
The research was conducted at a European level and focused on good practices of diversity management in public administrations and public transport services. Diversity Management is the set of strategies intentionally implemented by an organisation to change its characteristics through the recruitment, inclusion and promotion of people expressing the multiple diversities present in society (of gender, ethnic origin, age, physical abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity).
The hypothesis underlying diversity management is that workforce management centred on the inclusion and promotion of diversity offers companies and public authorities, among other things, several competitive advantages, such as the incentive to change, the enhancement of talent, the drive to find innovative solutions, the ability to respond to the heterogeneity of customers and markets, the increase in employee commitment, the enhancement of educational backgrounds and experience, and the creation of a more harmonious working environment. The research became a book edited by Marco Buemi, Massimo Conte and Gabriele Guazzo, Il diversity management per una crescita inclusiva. Strategie e strumenti (Milan: Franco Angeli, 2016).
The Dymove project also included a training course on diversity and fighting discrimination in the workplace, which involved workers from Ferrovie dello Stato and ATAC Roma. Finally, starting from the evaluation of existing practices, it has promoted the experimentation and dissemination of audit tools that can support the monitoring of the performance of public bodies and public utilities, starting from the experiences of cities like Genoa, Bologna, Ancona and Palermo.