The theme of this evening is: "Diversity" 2 mini-conferences (in english) given by Prof. Franciska Krings & Prof. Dominic Rohner
About the Conferences, Titles & Abstracts:
The Multi-Generational Workforce: Diversity Challenges and Opportunities
by Professeure Franciska Krings
Population aging is a major topic and has been recognized as one of the five global megatrends by the United Nations that shape our society in the next decades. It profoundly affects the composition of the labor force, which is becoming more age-diverse, with an increasing number of older workers. Greater diversity of experience, values, and talent can bring vast benefits. However, organizations are often reluctant to invest in workers aged 50 or over – one of the fastest growing age groups. In this talk, we will investigate the barriers that these workers face as well as ways to overcome them and to leverage the opportunities of a multi-generational workforce.
Diversity, Democracy and Due Diligence: How to Foster Peace and Prosperity
by Professeur Dominic Rohner
War is an existential threat to humanity, destroying countless lives. Beyond human suffering, it also represents a major impediment to prosperity – armed civil conflict on average reduces GDP by almost a fifth and recovery is typically slow. Fighting is often fuelled by adversity between different ethnic, religious or ideological groups in society. Yet, as shown in this talk, well-designed institutions and policies can significantly attenuate risks: Drawing on recent evidence --ranging from power-sharing in Northern Ireland to the extension of voting rights in England—we shall highlight the healing powers of democracy. Companies also have a role to play: As discussed in this talk, Corporate Social Responsibility is a major factor addressing the risk of violence in mining areas.