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Ethnic origin and nationality

Many organizations have long recognized that they benefit when they specifically employ people of international origin and different cultural backgrounds. Dealing professionally and respectfully with the diversity of employees and customers is a success factor in a globalized economy. A workforce's language and culture skills can be the key to new markets. In this way, new customer groups can be targeted and international specialists can be recruited. In this way, companies can ultimately also increase their market value because they are attractive to investors who specifically invest in sustainability issues.

What should be taken for granted in order to reflect the diversity of society, sometimes needs supporting structures in organizations. An example of this can be international or intercultural networks. In them, the employees come together to exchange experiences. At the same time, they often provide helpful tips and impulses for the organization. This is where ideas for strategies can arise that can be used to address people with different cultural backgrounds as future talents or as a customer target group.

The basic condition for good cooperation between people of different international origins and different cultural backgrounds is an open organizational culture in which there is a mutual understanding of differences and similarities. In order to promote this, intercultural and awareness training can be offered, for example.

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