GIOF Annual Meeting • May 19–26, 2022
The Largest Annual Meeting of
 the Global DEI Community
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Susanna RomantsovaSusanna Romantsova

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Leader at IKEA Retail Poland

IKEA Retail Poland

Susanna is responsible for building an inclusive workplace and integrating all dimensions of diversity into business practices. Susanna has developed and implemented the 3-year ED&I strategy at IKEA Poland, initiated the Paternal Leave IKEA, age diversity program, co-create the Gender Equal Pay movement, and helped the company to be recognized with LGBT+ Diamond award as the employer of choice for LGBT+ community. This year Susanna has also been leading the first in Poland refugee employability program “Skills for Employment". 

A graduate of SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Susanna completed her MA studies in clinical psychology and Psychology of Diversity specialization at Harvard University.

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May, 19 11:00 AM CET
Stage 2

Employability as a key to refugee inclusion. How to design and implement a long-lasting and impactful program.

Refugees face many barriers when they arrive in a new host country, including not knowing the local language, unfamiliarity with the culture, and limited opportunities to connect with the local neighborhood. This makes it even harder to integrate — which reinforces any negative misconceptions about them and makes businesses reluctant to give them employment opportunities. This needs to change. We know that refugees bring skills, diversity, and a different perspective to our business.

Refugee employability means refugee inclusion. Refugee inclusion means the long-lasting prosperity of our societies.

Susanna Romantsova Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Leader at IKEA Retail Poland
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