The 6-step guide for diversity & inclusion success at work
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September 22, 2017
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The Human Resources Online article, “The 6-step guide for diversity & inclusion success at work,” featured the firm's research, "Diversity and Inclusion Pulse: 2017 Leader’s Guide." The article is excerpted below.
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Human Resources Online

Executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates surveyed 2,167 executives around the world to understand how how companies align themselves around diversity and inclusion (D&I). The findings were compiled into six steps that leaders can take to achieve D&I success: 

Step 1: Agree on the meaning of D&I – Ensure that all executives understand the organisation’s definition of D&I so that they can act as informed advocates. 

Many companies understand “diversity,” but struggle to grasp “inclusion” in concrete terms. Nearly half of executives (47%) state that their organisations have a clear, holistic definition of diversity, while less than a quarter (24%) are aware of a definition of inclusion. 

Step 2: Develop a D&I strategy – In order to fully realise human capital benefits, such as increased employee engagement and creativity. 

A majority of companies surveyed have established D&I strategies, but ownership is fragmented and best practices have not emerged – close to half (49%) say it is the CEO’s prerogative, while just under one-third (31%) believe the CHRO should take on this task. 

Step 3: Publicly commit to D&I – Hold leadership accountable for results. 

To get leaders on board, companies are moving beyond treating D&I as a compliance obligation and are instead broadcasting the commercial benefits it promises if truly embedded into the company’s DNA. Formal accountability mechanisms, such as adding D&I targets to leadership performance criteria, ensure that real progress is made over time. 

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