Gender equality, diversity and inclusion at ITC
Within ITC, we are committed to pursuing gender equality, women’s empowerment, geographic diversity, disability inclusion and zero discrimination. Our aim is a work environment that embraces diversity, eradicates bias and has zero tolerance for any form of discrimination and harassment. We use UN-led benchmarking and monitoring frameworks to keep on track of these goals.
ITC works towards a world in which trade builds inclusive, sustainable, and prosperous economies. Realizing this vision starts from within - with a workforce that reflects the diversity of our constituents and an inclusive culture that promotes innovation, creativity and well-being, we are better prepared to deliver effective solutions to global challenges.
At ITC, we model what matters by creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment for all. We are committed to embracing the diverse backgrounds of our workforce, eradicating bias, and taking a zero-tolerance stance towards any form of discrimination. Fostering an organizational culture of openness, flexibility, and trust, is key to empowering our employees and enabling them to make the best of their talents at home and at work.
ITC’s Gender, Diversity, and Inclusion Strategy focuses on mainstreaming these aspects at the corporate level and reflects the UN Values of professionalism, integrity, and respect for diversity.
ITC’s Diversity and Inclusion Group – comprised of focal points for gender, disability inclusion, racial and geographical diversity and LGBTQI+ inclusion – meets monthly to strengthen an intersectional approach and promote effective awareness-raising on diversity and inclusion.
Our 100 Coffees for Inclusion initiative matched 100 employees with Focal Points and Senior Leaders for individual coffee conversations to learn more about our employees’ thoughts about ITC’s organizational culture and direction around diversity and inclusion. The findings from these conversations have been informing key projects and activities.
- We are committed to remain a top-performer on the UN System-wide Action Plan (UN-SWAP) on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. Read ITC's 2021 UN-SWAP 2.0 Report.
- The ITC Mentoring Programme for Women is an inter-agency collaboration to advance the creation of an inclusive work environment with one-on-one mentoring and group learning activities. The MenEngage component encourages men to champion gender equality and to critically reflect on social constructs surrounding masculinity.
- Trainings for all employees on skills like active bystander behaviour, with additional training for senior managers on gender equality, foster important knowledge within the organization.
- A pioneering breast- and bottle-feeding policy promotes a positive, progressive attitude towards active parenting by providing all parents an equal opportunity to nourish and bond with their infants while at work.
We put the United Nations Disability Inclusion Strategy (UNDIS) into action by working continuously on improving workplace accessibility and mainstreaming the rights of persons with disabilities. Read ITC’s latest report on its UNDIS performance.
Awareness-raising events broaden our horizon, such as commemorations of Black History Month and interactive panel discussions reflecting on racism in the UN. ITC is also an active member of the UNOG Working Group on Racism.
Awareness-raising events provide important insights, for example in the form of an inter-agency webinar on the inclusion of trans*, non-binary and gender non-confirming personnel in the UN-system or a lunch hour discussion on LGBTQIA+ entrepreneurship, migration, and ITC's future programming.
Events, such as ITC’s Well-being and Mental Health Week, serve to normalize the mental health conversation, share resources, and build capacity around the promotion of well-being at ITC. Our work-life balance policy contributes to employees’ well-being by providing flexible solutions, including staggered working hours and the possibility of a compressed work schedule.