Companies looking to implement a inclusive agenda can learn from the experience of Magazine Luiza 🇧🇷MGLU3), said the economist and researcher at the Brazilian Institute of Economics of the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV/Ibre), Janaína Feijó, in an interview with Money Times🇧🇷
Janaína is referring to the exclusive trainee program for young black people, which the Magalu was one of the pioneers in opening the action. The economist points out that companies that share this same objective can take the retailer as a reference, improving what can be improved and changing what they deem necessary.
“Actions like Magazine Luiza help combat inequalities of opportunity and, consequently, social inequalities. These actions are positive and can reduce racial differences in the labor market”, he points out.
Is Magazine Luiza discriminatory?
Recently, the legitimacy of Magazine Luiza’s action had to be reaffirmed. The Federal Public Defender’s Office identified the program as “sealing marketing” in the Labor Court, and Judge Laura Ramos Morais had to determine that the creation of the program cannot be seen as a discriminatory practice, as was pointed out.
Janaína Feijó mentions that if the idea is to generate more diverse environments and combat social inequalities within companies, the criteria for who is eligible to participate is something that cannot be left out.
“The quota policies for higher education, for example, combine two elements that, in my opinion, are very important: socioeconomic status and race/ethnicity”.
From the economist’s perspective, the gains of an initiative that considers these two elements may be more effective than leaving the program focused only on black people.
Private and public sector together
The inequalities begin even before the insertion of young people in the labor market, he says. To mitigate racial disparities effectively, short, medium and long-term policies need to be developed, both by the public and private sectors, according to the researcher.
“It is worth mentioning that the trainee programs directly benefit those who are participating, but absorb little from the vulnerable black population”, he points out.
That said, Janaína says that for this reason it is necessary to combine the actions of the private sector with the social policies of the public sector. The simultaneous actions of these two spheres can trigger a successful cycle, according to the economist.
Black pay is still lower
The average salary of white and yellow workers, in the second quarter of this year, was 68.7% higher than that of black and brown workers – R$ 3,533 against R$ 2,095, respectively, showed a survey released by FGV/Ibre.
The foundation’s economist says that racial inequalities are strongly related to income issues. Feijó applies the low representation of black and brown people in the highest positions of corporations or in management positions in Brazil, as a reflection of a country that fails to generate equal opportunities for its individuals.
“The lack of access to quality education throughout life reduces the chances of this group to progress and occupy high-paying positions that require a high educational level”.
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