Best Practice Guide:
The Basics of Workplace Diversity & Inclusion


The Basics of Diversity & Inclusion in Your Workplace.

According to a McKinsey study, ethnically diverse companies are 35% more likely to financially outperform ethnically homogenous ones and gender diverse companies are 15% more likely to financially outperform companies lacking gender diversity. A more diverse and inclusive workplace can help your company access all and retain top talent; grow into new markets; develop creative and innovative products and/or services; create a more vibrant company culture; and boost brand loyalty.
Whether you’re looking to improve your company’s current practices or just getting started, there are a few key elements that go into building a successful Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) program for your workplace.

This guide will help you to identify and establish the core building blocks of a purposeful and productive workplace D&I program, including:

  1. Getting buy-in especially from senior leadership;
  2. Integrating your D&I program into your business structure and processes;
  3. Formalizing basic policies;
  4. Implementing effective trainings for your team; and
  5. Building relationships with external organizations and experts to achieve D&I goals
“Bottom line, you have to start with a business rationale to effect meaningful change. We’ve established concrete business objectives and metrics which our Inclusivity Steering Committee oversees. We have made this a priority and even linked people's objectives and bonuses to it.”  

John Replogle, CEO at Seventh Generation (Certified B Corp since 2007)


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