About the Diversity Charter

Part of the world's largest network on diversity and inclusion issues, the programme brings together

15,400 organisations representing over 17 million employees.

About us

Welcome to the world's largest diversity and inclusion network. Diversity Charter Sweden is a springboard for companies and organisations that want to increase their creativity and competitiveness with the help of the dynamics of an organisation that puts diversity before sameness. Here you will have the opportunity to gain knowledge in all seven grounds of discrimination linked to your business and operational benefits.

There are a number of studies that show that diversity in the workplace is positive for the development and profitability of companies and organizations. Therefore, we believe that diversity and inclusion should be an obvious and integrated issue in every modern company and organization's strategy. That is the basis for why Diversity Charter Sweden was started.

Businesses and organisations have an important role to play in ensuring non-discrimination, diversity and inclusion. By signing Diversity Charters, organisations make a voluntary commitment to create and maintain an inclusive working environment for their employees without discrimination on the basis of gender, racial or ethnic origin, religion, age, disability or sexual orientation.

Management Board 2023-2024

Podcast on diversity and inclusion

Listen to our President Petra Karmteg's participation in the Sobano podcast. Gives a clear picture of her driving forces, what diversity and inclusion is and what we stand for! 

Diversity Charter Sweden is a springboard for companies and organisations that want to increase their creativity and competitiveness through the dynamics of an organisation that values diversity over sameness.

The initiators who were involved in the launch of Diversity Charter Sweden 2010

Our history

The European Union (EU) adopted the motto "United in Diversity" in 2000, which it believes unites Europeans through the EU in the pursuit of peace and prosperity, and that the many different cultures, traditions and languages of Europe are a positive asset to the continent.

The first Charter was the French one formed by a group of companies in 2004 when they joined forces to create better conditions for integration in their own organisations while working with a broader societal perspective. In 2010, the non-profit organisation Diversity Charter Sweden was formed and launched by A-search (now A-Talent Group), Axfood, Lectia, L´Oreal, Managing Diversity, Novartis, Scandic, Skanska, Sodexo and Volvo Cars. The Diversity Charter Sweden became the seventh Charter in Europe, and today the Diversity Charter exists in 26 EU countries.

Board of Directors

President

Petra Karmteg

COO, DNB Sweden 

Treasurer

Anders Barnå

CEO, Unicus

Vice President

Paolo Pelacchi

People & Culture Director, ISS Facility Services Sweden

Member

Caroline Liwång

Head of IT Processes & Developer Support, Handelsbanken

Secretary

Anna Leander Nyberg

Head of HR & Sustainability, Stockholm Exergi

Member

Kicki Lilliedrake

Head of Communications, Fastigo

Member

Stefan Kulhanek

CEO, Axians

Member

Tomas Oxendorff

Diversity & Inclusion, Nordea

Member

Frida Marty Wallgren

Expert Diversity & Inclusion Talent Management, Vattenfall

Substitute

Nazanin Nematshahi

SMC director, Microsoft 

Substitute

Mats Wernheim

Initiator & Founder, The Job Festival

Substitute

Ulrika Wikberg

HR Director, Beijer Byggmaterial

Staff

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General Secretary

Anna Carlsson Sigstedt

Adjunct on the Board of Diversity Charter Sweden

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Hasse Sandberg

Communications Officer at Diversity Charter Sweden