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An interconnected, increasingly global workforce means our world is getting smaller. Yet we must think and act larger to thrive within it. Diversity and inclusion (D&I) today is no longer about what’s at face-value (race, gender, age, etc.). It’s about our vantage point and how we move within this working world.

Successful organizations are recognizing this, realizing that D&I makes good business sense. “Diversity is no longer a ‘program’ to be managed — it is a business imperative,” Deloitte wrote.

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Corporate Earth Values D&I

According to PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers), the following percentage of thousands of corporate survey respondents identified D&I as a business priority:

  • 83% in ten APAC countries/regions.
  • 80% in four South American countries.
  • 76% in 18+ European countries.
  • 74% in three North American countries.
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D&I Makes Financial Sense

According to a 2018 report from McKinsey & Company:

  • 21% of companies in the top 25th percentile for executive team gender diversity are more likely to experience above-average profits.
  • 33% of companies with more culturally and ethnically diverse executive teams are more likely to experience above-average profits.
  • Companies in the top-quartile for gender diversity on executive teams were 21% more likely to outperform on profitability and 27% more likely to have superior value creation.
  • Companies with the most ethnically/culturally diverse boards worldwide are 43% more likely to experience higher profits.

Major consulting and research firms weigh in on the positive impact to the bottom line:

  • 78% of respondents to Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends research believe diversity and inclusion is a competitive advantage.
  • Gartner Research shows highly inclusive organizations generate 2.3x more cash flow per employee, 1.4x more revenue, and are 120% more capable of meeting financial targets.
  • Credit Suisse shows that companies whose senior management teams are more than 15% female had a 5% higher return on equity.

D&I Attracts and Retains Talent

Research from Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest job retention and recruiting sites, shows the following:

  • 67% of job applicants value diversity.
  • 57% of employees believe employers should be doing more to promote and increase diversity.
  • 67% of both active and passive job seekers say that when they’re evaluating job offers, it is important that the company has a diverse workforce.


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