Norway Post's integration initiatives
Norway Post has a clear aim of reflecting Norwegian society's diversity at all levels of the organisation. In order to reach this goal the Group has initiated specific measures including:
Recruitment and job advertisements
Norway Post specifically mentions diversity in the introduction to all job vacancy advertisements. "Norway Post is concerned about diversity and wishes to reflect the diversity of today's society. We therefore encourage qualified persons with minority backgrounds to apply."
Norway Post's ethical guidelines for recruitment state that: "Recruitment work in the Group shall be based on Norway Post's core values and thus all applicants are to experience having the same opportunity to be given a job regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation or religious, ethnic or cultural background"
Norway Post's working language is Norwegian. In order to work for us, we require you to have good spoken and written Norwegian skills. In our experience, language is the key to successful integration. It also provides the individual concerned with better opportunities for furthering their career.
Norway Post's annual employee survey (which is anonymous) has questions about bullying, harassment and discrimination. If the survey reveals such conditions the manager is responsible for bringing up the subject at the departmental meeting and setting up an action plan with specific measures to be taken.
At several of Norway Post's units a room is set aside specifically for meditation and prayer. Some units have also installed a crouch toilet in addition to standard toilets.
Stipulated religious clothing
Norway Post accepts the wearing of stipulated religious clothing.
Diversity and dialogue courses (DOD)
DOD courses are regularly held in collaboration with Norwegian People's Aid. The aim is to prevent prejudice and racism, increase awareness of one's own reactions and attitudes and help to work through these in group discussions.
In Norway, Norway Post has been a racism-free zone since December 2000. The contract between Norwegian People's Aid, the Group's LO-affiliated unions and Posten Norge AS was renewed in January 2012. This contract applies to all of the Group's companies. Through this agreement Norway Post is obligated to work for equality for its users and to assure diversity among its employees. The contract sends a clear message: "There is a place here for everyone, irrespective of colour, religion, disability or cultural heritage." Posters stating this have been erected at all workplaces and breaches of the rules are reported. The racism-free zone is also included as a specific point in Norway Post's company rules.
Internal development programme
"You make the difference" is an internal development programme for employees with immigrant backgrounds who want experience from jobs in administration and management in the Norway Post Group. It is specially directed towards operational workers who possess skills that they do not get use for in their current jobs. Our goal is to contribute to increased diversity. The programme consists of year-long internships in various parts of the Group. The candidates are offered their own mentor, relevant courses and the opportunity to build networks.
Here our differences are the norm
All of the Group's departments can apply for funding for initiatives aimed at promoting diversity and integration.
Placements for immigrant women
In collaboration with NAV, the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Authority, Norway Post offers employment placements for unemployed immigrant women who have not previously been employed in Norway.
Female managers at Norway Post are mentors for unemployed immigrant women. The mentors act both as a contact and a "door opener" for the women on their way into employment. They assist women with job applications and teach them about Norwegian working life.