Are execs just paying lip service to diversity?


Human Resources Director | September 22, 2017


The Human Resources Director article, “Are execs just paying lip service to diversity?” featured the firm's research, "Diversity and Inclusion Pulse: 2017 Leader’s Guide​." The article is excerpted below. ​

Most business leaders see diversity and inclusion (D&I) as crucial to the success of a company, but less than a quarter can explain what inclusion means.

This is what global search and leadership advisory firm Russell Reynolds Associates found in its Diversity and Inclusion Pulse survey of over 2,100 executives.

Diversity is defined as a number of attributes including gender, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, veteran status, political affiliation, education, experience, work style, communication style, socio-economic background, cross-cultural competence and perspective.

Inclusion is defined as the establishment of an environment that creates opportunities for all employees to realize their unique potential.

​The study also found that only half of business leaders make a visible effort to support D&I. Only 38% feel accountable in creating inclusive cultures, while 27% have no D&I strategy at all.​

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Are execs just paying lip service to diversity?