What are the Cross Cutting Themes?
The two Cross Cutting Themes cover Equality & Diversity & Environmental Sustainability.
What do they have to do with the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator?
The Accelerator programme is receiving £1.7 million of funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. Ensuring that the environment and economy work together and that all members of society are able to contribute to their full potential in the economy are key parts of the Accelerator mission.
What do the Cross Cutting Themes mean for individual SMEs?
The integration of the Cross Cutting Themes is a common strand running throughout all support being given to DigitalHealth.London Accelerator SMEs.
The European Commission states:
‘Cross-Cutting Themes are essential for the achievement of a well balanced, sustainable and innovative economy.’
Equality and Diversity
Equality and diversity is one of the two Cross Cutting Themes of the Accelerator programme.
Projects must be fully accessible to all.
This means promoting equal access for all, not only the physical access to buildings and events but also the business and employment opportunities offered throughout the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator and the SMEs it supports.
Supporting businesses and individuals who are under-represented in employment and business, and at the same time preventing discrimination on the grounds of the legally protected characteristics: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex, or sexual orientation.
Managing environmental resources as responsibly as possible – Environmental Sustainability is the second of the 2 Cross Cutting Themes.
Managing the impact on the environment of the European Funding investments is a key underpinning principle of the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator. From the outset, all SMEs are required to review the impact they will have – whether positive or negative and to look at options to ensure best practice is used wherever possible from ensuring new offices are to the highest “green” standards, or managing the travel and behaviour of staff involved in supporting businesses such that their impact on the environment is minimised.
What are the benefits?
Making the Cross Cutting Themes part of everyday life, by raising awareness of Equality and Diversity and Environmental Sustainability can only have a positive impact on individuals, businesses, the community and wider population.
As a result businesses benefit from improved staff motivation, loyalty and morale, and increased productivity.
Rasheed Adekunle, Compliance Manager