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General information about Art.1

General information about Art.1

Discrimination harms individuals and society as a whole. It is important to tackle it, but that's not an easy task. The problem is complex and broad. In this context, Art.1 offers customized support to governmental institutions (local, national and international), companies and other organizations in preventing and combating discrimination and promoting equality.
Whether it's conscious or unconscious discrimination, in the are of employment, healthcare or anywhere and on the grounds of age, ethnicity, gender or anything else – Art.1 knows about it. We combine scientific, legal, policy-based and practical knowledge and experience under one roof. This knowledge is translated into accessible and effective products, including information, research, advice and training.

Information and Research

Do you want to know how a certain group experiences discrimination? Do you want to evaluate the diversity policy of your organization ? Do you want to know which good practices there are to tackle a specific problem? We can identify the most relevant information for you and undertake both qualitative and quantitative research in order to answer your questions.

Some examples of our activities:
We maintain the most comprehensive media and literature database and case law database in the Netherlands in the field of discrimination.

In 2005 and 2010 we published the Monitor on Racial Discrimination , an in-depth study of experiences of discrimination, combining qualitative and quantitative data and a literature review, commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment.

On behalf of the EU PROGRESS programme we have studied the best ways for authorities to register incidents of discrimination, resulting in three different publications .

Since 2011, we are carrying out diverse research projects on fundamental rights issues as the National Focal Point for the Agency for Fundamental Rights of the EU (FRA). This research transcends the framework of the topic of discrimination, covering issues such as children's rights, data protection and victim's rights as well.

Advice and training

Do you want to know what your organization can do to tackle or prevent discrimination? Do you want to learn how to respond to discriminatory comments? We offer independent and accessible advice, training and workshops.

Some examples of our activities:
We provide training, coaching and other support to businesses to preventive anti-discrimination policies in practice.
We teach all kinds of professionals how to deal with discrimination on the work floor and how to provide dialogue.

We advise international human rights organizations (including committees of the United Nations) on their reports.

Additional services

We also develop specific, innovative activities that are tailored to the needs of our clients. This can also include debates, lectures and conferences. Together with you, we develop the suitable instrument to achieve the goal.

Some examples of our activities:

Every year we organize, together with the Resistance Museum Amsterdam, the so-called Anton de Kom-lecture on topics related to the fight against intolerance. Previous speakers have included the comedian Freek de Jonge and the barrister Gerard Spong.

For several years, we have awarded the Silver Zebra prize for professional media productions focusing on issues of multiculturalism, in cooperation with the ASN Bank.

We are co-initiator of Nederland in Dialoog (The Netherlands in dialogue) and we support the organisation of the annual National week of dialogue by providing training and contributing to the development of methods of training and dialogue.

We have organized several conferences in which municipalities, police, and anti-discrimination agencies worked on their methods of cooperation.

Partners and clients

Our clients in the past have included:

  • The European Commission (through the PROGRESS and EQUAL programmes)
  • The Fundamental Rights Agency of the EU (FRA)
  • The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice
  • The Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations
  • The Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science
  • The Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment
  • Municipalities (including The Hague, Rotterdam, Utrecht)
  • Police academy Apeldoorn
  • Police Service South Holland South
  • Dutch Labour Inspectorate
  • Foundation The Netherlands in Dialogue
  • Educational institutions (ROC Zeeland, Wellant Colleges
  • Amnesty International
  • Anti discrimination agencies
  • Businesses (e.g. MercuriUrval B.V.)

In several projects, we have pooled our resources together with both national and international partners, in order to achieve the best results possible. Partners that we work together with include:

  • Aletta - E-quality
  • Anne Frank Foundation
  • Equal Treatment Commission
  • Movisie
  • COC
  • ANBO
  • CG-Raad
  • Police network Roze in Blauw
  • Bezemer en Kuiper
  • University of Bamberg
  • University of Leiden
  • Radboud University of Nijmegen
  • University of Utrecht
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • European Network Against Racism
  • Equal Treatment Agency / Human Rights body

Contact and information

Are you interested in the services of Art.1, as a client or as a partner? Please get in touch and find out what we can do for you.

Grotekerkplein 5
3011 GC Rotterdam
The Netherlands

Telephone: 0031-(0)10- 201 02 01

Art.1 is named after Article 1 of the Dutch constitution:
"All persons in the Netherlands shall be treated equally in equal circumstances. Discrimination on the grounds of religion, belief, political opinion, race or sex or on any other grounds whatsoever shall not be permitted."



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