Improve your company’s cultural diversity

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Would you like to gain more insight into the cultural diversity in your company? If you run a business in the Netherlands with more than 250 employees, you can make use of the CBS Cultural Diversity Barometer. It will provide you with anonymised information, that you can use when setting up or evaluating your human resources policy.

Use the barometer to draw up your diversity policy

The Cultural Diversity Barometer tells you which percentage of your employees has a migration background, and what their origins are. As an employer, you yourself are not allowed to store data on your employees’ backgrounds. The CBS (Statistics Netherlands) barometer gives you the opportunity to set up and review your diversity policy.

No information about individual employees

The Cultural Diversity Barometer can be used by companies with 250 employees or more. You only receive compiled information about your entire staff. To safeguard your employees’ privacy, the barometer can only be used by businesses with fewer than 250 employees. If a cultural group within your organization is too small, CBS will not publish these data, to ensure your employees’ privacy. You can ask CBS to sort out the data according to specifics, such as job title and number of years in employment, on condition that the data cannot be traced back to individuals.

The CBS website has more information about the Barometer (in Dutch)

Cultural diversity in the Netherlands

CBS regularly publishes national statistics on diversity:

  • among jobseekers
  • per business sector
  • per occupation

You may use these data to compare them with your company’s diversity figures.

Apply for participation in the Cultural Diversity Barometer

Quite a few companies have already applied for participation. As a result, there is a waiting list, which CBS will process in the coming months. After 1 July 2021, you will be able to apply to CBS for participation in the Cultural Diversity Barometer at cost price. To participate, send an email to

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