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About the charter

The French diversity charter was launched in October 2004.

The charter was launched by Claude Bébéar, CEO of Axa It was the first of its kind in Europe, subsequently inspiring similar initiatives across Europe. The charter is hosted by Les Entreprises pour la Cité (previously IMS-Entreprendre pour la cite), an organisation working to promote corporate social responsibility.


There are currently more than 3,200 signatories to the French charter, mostly small and medium-sized businesses, but it  also includes public institutions.


Signatories commit to raising awareness about diversity among staff involved in the recruitment processes, and to dedicating a chapter in the organisation’s annual report on the concrete diversity measures undertaken.

French diversity charter