As diversity and inclusion (D&I) has become an increasingly visible and much-discussed topic of business, companies have begun to bring in professionals whose primary focus is centered on creating a more inclusive environment. According to Indeed, diversity and inclusion job postings, as a share of all job postings, were up 18% from the previous year in Feb. 2018 and 25% from levels two years past.
Study Reveals Corporate Diversity & Inclusion Landscape
More recently, the teams at Weber Shandwick, a global communications and marketing solutions firm, and management consultancy United Minds partnered with KRC Research to learn more about those who lead the growing D&I function at companies: Chief Diversity Officers (CDO). With responsibility for shifting culture and a reporting line directly to executive team and board of directors, the CDO is a key player in implementing change within a company. Weber Shandwick and United Minds surveyed 500 senior level diversity and inclusion professionals, including 168 CDOs, and the resulting report, Chief Diversity Officers Today: Paving the Way for Diversity & Inclusion Success, focuses on the work of a CDO and the challenges they face as well as best practices of the D&I function that align with business strategy.
Tips on D&I from CDO Survey
Below are some takeaways that can help D&I professionals and advocates in their own workplaces.
The full report has additional insights, including a list of activities and behaviors that separate companies with well-aligned diversity and inclusion functions apart from others.
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