Markas, a story of diversity and inclusion

We are more than 10,000 people, speaking around 50 different languages and coming from 90 different countries. Some of us work in Italy, some in Austria and some in Germany. Some of us are shy and some extremely extrovert. Some of us have straight hair, and some curly. All these differences, which characterize us and make each of our employees unique and special, enrich the human capital within our company. That's why throughout 2022 we have invested in various diversity and inclusion projects in order to make everyone feel accepted for who they truly are.

Watch the video to meet some of our colleagues or continue reading to discover more about our key inclusion initiatives!
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Christmas X Social Cooperative CLAB


This year, Markas' Christmas card has been inspired by the characteristics and the differences that make each of our 10,000 colleagues unique. 

The card itself was created in collaboration with CLAB, a social cooperative based in Bolzano which supports the employment of people with disabilities.

But because investing in inclusion means concrete actions, we went one step further: we decided to sponsor art classes organized by CLAB and add greater meaning and value to this initiative, by using the designs of CLAB's students as the main creative concept for Markas' Christmas campaign.
 
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MATILDE project


Studying the impact of immigration and supporting the integration of migrants into the labor market: this has been the aim of MATILDE, a project coordinated by the University of Eastern Finland in collaboration with Caritas Diocese and the University of Turin.

Participating in this initiative gave us the opportunity to contribute to the creation of 'The Competences Report', a bespoke tool that can highlight soft skills and competences of foreign citizens and help foster inclusion and integration.

In addition, in recent years, we have reinforced our collaboration with local public organizations, cooperatives and associations to facilitate the hiring process of asylum seekers, socially disadvantaged individuals or people belonging to vulnerable groups.
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"Stand Up": a webinar for the elimination of violence against women


For us, at Markas, violence and harassment is unacceptable.

So, we believe in projects aimed at raising awareness when it comes to sensitive yet critical topics like this.

Because in this way we can actively work towards creating an increasingly inclusive workplace. 

Therefore, over the past year, we have encouraged our employees to participate in the "Stand Up" initiative, a webinar organized by L'Oréal in collaboration with Right to Be! which aimed at raising awareness and giving people the right tools to combat street harassment.
 
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Family Audit


Inclusion also means creating a workplace that can meet employees' needs. Markas' latest Employee Satisfaction Survey, carried out among all Markas' staff, showed that one of the most important factors that play fundamental role is work-life balance. 

In order to improve the well-being of our people and their families, we are working towards the Family Audit Certification. We have been organizing meetings among staff, collaborators and directors from different locations and departments, to better understand their needs and launch concrete initiatives in the coming year.


THAT'S ME, THAT'S US, THAT'S MARKAS.