Inclusive Search Process to Recruit Diverse Talent
We recognize that finding the right talent is the ultimate goal.We have decades of experience successfully recruiting exceptional board members, executives and function leaders from diverse backgrounds. We feature diversity through every aspect of the search process by understanding our clients’ specific diversity goals; leveraging our diverse networks, consultants and proprietary database; and broadening our search strategy to enhance the diversity of the candidate pool. We focus on accountability and credibility, and we continuously monitor the diversity of the candidate pool from the initial to the final stages. We also counsel clients on the creation of a more inclusive search process.
Chief Diversity Officer Search
We understand the impact of outstanding D&I leadership and strategy.We have an extensive network of cross-industry D&I professionals and advise clients on hiring chief diversity officers and how to position them for success. From our proprietary data and our experience in recruiting D&I leaders, we have seen that companies with a chief diversity officer who sets the D&I strategy are better at attracting, developing and retaining talent. These results are even stronger when the CEO partners with the chief diversity officer.
We help clients build inclusive organizations and develop inclusive leaders.Our Inclusive Culture Advisory services present our clients with thoughtful, bespoke counsel on how to build more inclusive organizations. Our proprietary Inclusion Index is a tool that supports this service and allows CEOs and boards to quantify their organizations’ levels of inclusion, which is critical to ensuring that an organization reaps the full benefits of its diverse talent.
Authentic D&I Networks and Relationships
We have decades of experience with D&I organizations and initiatives.Our dedication to building a premier network of world-class board directors is exemplified by our founding partnership with Ariel Investments to sponsor the annual Black Corporate Directors Conference—the only event of its kind in our industry—an annual conference established over 15 years ago as a call to action for more effective corporate governance and increased diversity in organizations. This is attended by 200 African American directors and notable Hispanic directors from Fortune 250 companies.
We are a sponsor of the 30% Club, which advocates for improved gender balance on boards and co-hosts events for women on (or aspiring to be on) top boards. Our own D&I statistics for gender diversity on boards reflect our efforts in this area—34% of our board placements in 2016 were female.
We are accredited for the FTSE 350 category of the Enhanced Voluntary Code of Conduct for Executive Search Firms, which specifically acknowledges those firms with a strong track record in and promotion of gender diversity in the FTSE 350 companies against the scope of the Davies Review. Executive search firms accredited here have collectively, since 2011, fueled the progress made against the target of having women make up 33% of FTSE 350 boards by 2020.
Our consultants are affiliated with D&I organizations across the world. We regularly host events on both the broad topic of D&I as well as specific categories within it. Our leaders are affiliated with prominent organizations, such as the Robert Toigo Foundation, the Hispanic IT Executive Council, the Women’s Foundation and the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association.