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Are HR's diversity and inclusion efforts failing?

 


Human Resources Director New Zealand | October 3, 2017



The Human Resources Director article, “Where does Oz stand on diversity and inclusion?" quoted Russell Reynolds Associates Consultants Aimee Williamson and Anthony Armstrong and featured the firm's research, "Diversity and Inclusion Pulse: 2017 Leader’s Guide​." The article is excerpted below.

Think New Zealand is lagging behind the rest of the world in terms implementing D&I initiatives? Think again. ​

New research suggests that leadership teams in New Zealand and Australia are ahead of the curve when it comes to D&I, according to Aimee Williamson, executive director at Russell Reynolds Associates.

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The results came from Russell Reynolds Associates recent D&I Report which surveyed more than 2,000 senior executives globally.

The results also found that Aus/NZ companies are almost twice as likely to set diversity goals when it comes to appointing senior leadership (56 per cent ANZ v just 38 per cent globally).

Moreover, Aus/NZ companies place a higher priority on retaining diverse talent than the rest of the globe (60 per cent of ANZ v just 47 per cent globally).

Anthony Armstrong, country manager – Australia, at Russell Reynolds Associates, added that there is still considerable work to done at both board and especially executive level.

“I think we have made good progress in Australia on boards but there is still work to be done,” he told HRD.

Armstrong said it’s important to note that in terms of talking about diversity, it is not just about male/female.

“Increasingly, companies are talking about race, ethnicity, LGBTI, etc, and I think that is extremely healthy,” he said.

“I think that programs such as Male Champions of Change at both board level and executive level have been really impressive in terms of highlighting the importance of diversity.”

To read the full article​​, click here.

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Are HR's diversity and inclusion efforts failing?