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Diversity at Work: The Practice of Inclusion by Barbara R. Deane, Bernardo M. Ferdman

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CHAPTER FOURTEEN

Global Benchmarks for Diversity and Inclusion

Julie O'Mara

“What is excellent diversity and inclusion work?” the organizational leader asked the inclusion practitioner.

“It depends,” the inclusion practitioner rightly replied.

“On what?” the leader asked.

The inclusion practitioner responded, “Your goals. Your starting point. Challenges. Your culture. Size of your organization. Sector you are in. Like that. One size does not fit all.”

The leader sighed.

Years ago I had a similar exchange with an organizational leader. He was committed to leading his organization in creating a diversity and inclusion initiative, but was not clear about what to do. He knew that he needed to do more than show up at a cultural event, introduce ...

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