Feasibility study for a standardized parental inclusion work approach

Reference number 2018-04664
Funding from Vinnova SEK 649 000
Project duration January 2019 - August 2019
Status Ongoing
Venture Strengthening Sweden’s role in international standardization
Call Standardization in order to gain access to new markets

Purpose and goal

The project aims to understand employers´ interest in more methodological work in the field of working parents, what the Co/org could gain from it and whether a parental inclusion approach as a standard/part of an existing standard would be an innovative way of promoting competitiveness in different markets. The goal is to understand whether it is desirable to develop and apply the area in existing or new standards in areas such as work environment, social responsibility, inclusion and gender equality, and whether the interest of the companies is at a national, European or global level.

Expected results and effects

The study is expected to result in a description of what is meant by parental inclusion, concrete examples of formal and informal employer intiatives, and a basis for assessing if this should be a future standardization area. The result contains a needs analysis, impact assessment, possible ways to follow-up (ex of CPIs and ROIs) and a sensitivity analysis within identified power areas. A survey is presented about which standards already exist and the pros and cons of creating a new standard/add-on to a standard.

Planned approach and implementation

Whydentify, Föräldrasmart Sverige AB and SIS, Swedish Standards Institute will conduct a series of workshops, interviews, surveys and meetings from January to June 2019 with a selection of invited employers, leaders and employees in various industries. Meetings will also be held with stakeholders who are familiar with existing related standards in areas such as the Standard for management systems of occupational health and safety (ISO 45001). The project also involves 1-3 companies in the target group, such as Munters Sweden, for reconciliation of obstacles, opportunities, ideas and wishes during the project.

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