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About Us

About Us

WeAreOpen is a nonprofit that creates campaigns with a coalition of businesses to promote diversity and inclusion for millions. It does so because being open is not only the right thing to do, but it is also necessary for businesses to succeed, and it makes people feel safe and happy at their workplaces. WeAreOpen’s mission is to raise public awareness about the fact that diversity is a value for organizations, and to give companies tools to become more open workplaces.

WeAreOpen was founded as an initiative in 2013 by Prezi, espell, and Google. It grew from a volunteer project to an emerging nonprofit social enterprise. To fulfill its mission, WeAreOpen partners with the world’s most acknowledged brands, large employers in Hungary, hundreds of Hungarian SMEs, dozens of local influencers and volunteers. WeAreOpen consults with a wide range of acknowledged scholars and nonprofits from Europe and beyond.

WeAreOpen believes that visible gestures make a difference. So, it designed campaigns that resulted in 1,000+ companies and organizations publicly joining WeAreOpen’s manifesto about openness; 150+ public commitments from companies about improving gender equality at their workplace in a given year; 100+ CEOs, and many company groups, attending Budapest Pride march to support LGBTQ inclusion; and dozens of publicly shared stories from influencers about why it is worthwhile to be open. Moreover, WeAreOpen created OPEN Conference, the first international diversity conference for business leaders in Central Eastern Europe, attracting top global speakers; and it commissioned representative research to better understand the needs and wishes of Hungarian employees.

We are proud to be able to achieve all of these in cooperation with the community of open companies and organizations, with our sponsors, partners, supporters, advisors and friends.

Our Mission

WeAreOpen’s mission is to raise awareness that openness is a value for organizations and help businesses and employees experience, learn, and show its benefits.

It does so through building the community of openness-promoting businesses and employees, offering services and insights, and creating campaigns with a coalition of businesses to show to millions that it is worth to be open.

The initiative was founded in 2013 by Prezi, espell, and Google with the idea to show that being open is not only the right thing to do, but it is necessary for businesses to succeed, and it makes people feel safe and happy at their workplace. WeAreOpen grew from a volunteer project to an emerging nonprofit social enterprise that works together with its 1,000+ member companies and organizations, with influencers, and local and international business leaders, experts, and academics to create a positive impact for current and future employees in Hungary and beyond.

WeAreOpen Manifesto

Being open is a good thing. As open companies, we regard it as a fundamental corporate value that our employees and our partners are judged solely on the basis of their actions and their work performance, and without regard for their sex, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic background, political convictions, physical abilities, or other characteristics.

Our openness – to new ideas, innovative solutions, to one another and to the world – is one of the keys to our success.

We know that there are lots of you out there who share our values. Nyitottakvagyunk.hu (WeAreOpen) has been created for those companies, organisations and communities that would like to join us in a commitment to openness and to inspire others to do the same.

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Diverse Solutions for Diversity

WeAreOpen is a nonprofit that creates campaigns with a coalition of businesses to promote diversity and inclusion for millions. We does so because being open is not only the right thing to do, but it is also necessary for businesses to succeed, and it makes people feel safe and happy at their workplaces. WeAreOpen’s mission is to raise public awareness about the fact that diversity is a value for organizations, and to give companies tools to become more open workplaces.

WeAreOpen believes that visible gestures make a difference. So, we designed campaigns that resulted in 1,000+ companies and organizations publicly joining WeAreOpen’s manifesto about openness; 150+ public commitments from companies about improving gender equality at their workplace in a given year; 100+ CEOs, and many company groups, attending Budapest Pride march to support LGBTQ inclusion; and dozens of publicly shared stories from influencers about why it is worthwhile to be open.

WeAreOpen created OPEN Conference, the first international diversity conference for business leaders in Central Eastern Europe, attracting top global speakers; and it commissioned representative research to better understand the needs and wishes of Hungarian employees.
To help companies improve their internal gender equality, in cooperation with Gemius we launched the Two Steps for Companies Program – a data driven approach for organizations to measure how their employees feel, and using this data, provide action items to make further improvements. It also includes a data-driven Certificate to recognize an organization’s achievements.
For organizations that would like to take a step further, support WeAreOpen’s mission and strive to be part of the real-life community of openness-promoting organizations, we have the Supporting Circle. We also organize Presentations and Workshops for organization leaders and employees to create more awareness about the business benefits of diversity and inclusion.

We are proud to be able to achieve all of this in cooperation with the community of open companies and organizations, with our sponsors, partners, supporters, advisors and friends.

Team

Csaba Faix

Partnership Lead

Viktoria Vermes

Project Manager

Viktoria Popper

Project Manager

Edit Novák

Project Manager​

Balint Gebei

Project Manager

Dalma Kormos

PR Lead

Karan Vir Arya

Marketing Manager

Board of Directors

Peter Arvai

Chairman; Prezi, CEO and co-founder

Kevin A. Murray

Citi, CEO for Central-Europe and Country Head for Hungary

Miklos Ban

espell, CEO

Melinda Miklós

WeAreOpen, CEO

Richard Schuster

Google, PR Lead, Europe, Middle East, Africa

Anna Hejka

Heyka Capital Markets Group, Founder, Managing Partner

Advisory Committee

Zdravka Demeter Bubalo

MOL Group, HR Vice President

Dr. Jane Ellis

Citi, Regional Head (EMEA) of Citi Shared Services (CSS), Enterprise Supply Chain (ESC) and Head of Budapest Service Centre

Laszlo Hajdu-Nemeth

Morgan Stanley, Executive Director

Melanie Seymour

BlackRock, Head of BlackRock Hungary

Sofia Sharkova

Google, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Europe, Middle East, Africa

Csaba Szende

Eaton, EMEA BSC Site Leader / Managing Director

FAQ

What is the WeAreOpen initiative? Why was it set up? What is its mission?

We know that many people in Hungary share our values, and we believe that it’s important to make this public. The WeAreOpen initiative, along with its webpage nyitottakvagyunk.hu, has been created for companies, organisations and communities that would like to join us in expressing a commitment to openness and inspire others to do the same.

Who was the initiative founded by?

The initiative was founded by espellGoogle and Prezi.

Who are its members?

Several hundred companies, organisations and communities that agree being open is a good thing have joined WeAreOpen.

Who can sign up?

Any company, organisation or community that agrees with our goals and is not affiliated with any political party.
 

How can organisations sign up?

If they agree with our mission statement, they can simply sign up on nyitottakvagyunk.hu. It’s as easy as that. We’ll then display the participating organisations on our website so everyone can see that they agree being open is a good thing
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What do the participating organisations commit themselves to?

Nothing more and nothing less than what is set out in our mission statement.

What does the initiative involve exactly?

The first step was setting up nyitottakvagyunk.hu. The second step was to encourage companies and communities keen to inspire others with their openness to sign up. That’s ongoing. We participated in Budapest Pride to celebrate the world’s diversity together with other open companies and communities that wanted to join us. Since then we’ve been working together with the participating organisations on a campaign to show just how many of us in Hungary are open. We hope that this will inspire others as well.

How can I learn about the latest activities?

On our website and through our facebook page. We’ll also keep participating organisations updated by email.

Where can I get to know more about WeAreOpen’s Privacy Policy?

You can read about our Privacy Policy here (download it in pdf here).

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