The city of Amsterdam is considered a delightful melting pot of people from all shapes, sizes, colours, sexual orientations, and cultures. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said from its bustling startup ecosystem. The good news is: many startups have taken their first steps towards a more inclusive team, according to a survey from the Dutch Startup Association (DSA). We spoke with StartupAmsterdam’s Talent & Diversity Lead Igneta Skliaustyte about the steps ahead.
First steps to more diversity
One of the main findings of the Diversity and Inclusion report of 2020 [pdf here] by the Dutch Startup Association is that many companies are doing ‘something’ to increase their diversity. 89 Percent of startups have implemented at least one diversity policy. Most frequent policies include having a clear understanding of how diversity is linked to bottom-line performance, using a diverse team to interview candidates and including the value of diversity in the company’s mission.