D&I initiatives used to be common at J&J’s production site in Geel, Belgium, for many years. Posters, events and training were well received – but not necessarily connected to everyday business, leadership behaviour or the overall growth agenda. A new strategic approach of the site management team has led to significant traction on D&I – […]
Keeping the momentum for D&I over the years or even after a decade presents a widespread challenge. Adapting the positioning of D&I to a changed business context and re-inventing core messages are established success strategies in this situation.
If you feel you need to reshape your Gender Diversity strategy and want to make sure top management is not only on board but actively engaged, why don’t you run workshops on the business case & strategy design with your first levels? One large country organisation of a global firm did that and received detailed […]
Going their own way has led one global business sector of a blue-chip Corporation to the highest levels of D&I energy and engagement. Their unit-specific approaches to action-planning combined with a globally compatible storyline provided both coherence and freedom to tailor approaches. They became best practice within their Industry.
Everyone probably knows some studies that illustrate the value-add of D&I. Is that enough to convince your stakeholders? Do these studies cover, e.g., the dimensions of religious or functional diversity? The latest global business case inventory identified 181 new studies of which 50 fulfilled strong quality standards.
Two current studies describe the changed situation in the field of LGBT* at the workplace. While a more open approach to diverse orientations and identities is positive, other analyses point to persistent reservations and surprising disadvantages. The existing LGBT* niche strategies seem to need to be reviewed.
Two recent studies show that culture tends to be underestimated as a success factor in large companies and that the leadership style (of at least the CEO) should be different from the existing organisational culture. The combination of the findings reconfirms the business case for a need to tackle Diversity, Culture and Leadership in a […]
Parental leave has a positive impact on both job and partnership. This is one of the central insights of the latest study into fatherhood, which was published by Germany’s second largest bank, Commerzbank. Some 750 employees who had been on parental leave during the past five years responded to questions regarding their motivation to engage […]
Many studies claim to describe the business benefits of D&I. Critics, however, often challenge the research methodology or other aspects. The updated 3rd edition of the unique International Business Case Report (IBCR 3.1) contains 1-page summaries of 203 studies which were all checked for significance, robustness, validity, reliability and, if applicable, for statistical bias.
A systematic literature review on careers and workplace experiences of LGBT employees has recently been published in the Human Resource Development Review. It contains a discussion of empirical findings from 263 manually selected studies dating from 1985 until today. The content emerges from within business, management and broader social sciences disciplines. We have exclusively summarised the […]
What are the bottom-line effects of cultural or ethnic diversity? How can companies benefit from this kind of diversity and at the same time avoid possible negative side effects? This exclusive extract from IBCR 3.0 presents two sample studies featured in the unique compendium of business case studies.
D&I is on the move from a social context (previously) to a more business-focused stakeholder positioning. This key finding is based on the analysis of all Annual Reports, CSR Reports and Websites of Europe’s 50 largest corporations as listed in the STOXX ® 50 Europe index. The research carried out by EMEA’s D&I pioneer research […]
Sometimes the solution to a task or a basic problem is simply a time out. In the case of a tiring daily routine a long trip or dealing with other issues and exercises is refreshing and allows us to regain our strength. In contrast involuntary time outs due to illness or unemployment causes stress and […]
The basic question IF Diversity CAN add value in a business organisation has been investigated by many scientific studies. Due to the nature of academic approaches, each study had to focus on selected aspects and found – depending on the chosen approach – different answers. More recent research tried to
What role does cultural Diversity play in the context of business management and diversity management in major corporations in Germany? This was the key question that business economist Insa Harms, former associate of European Diversity, followed when starting her analysis of the DAX30 company websites and executive director profiles, and she came to some amazing, […]
Success through Diversity Management: 135 empirical studies (up from 90) on the economic relevance, benefits and value-added from D&I Diversity and Inclusion has been established as a strategic approach in the U.S., across EMEA, in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and other countries worldwide. But, what in fact can organisations gain from Diversity? Which empirically measurable […]
According to a new report from the European Commission, the economy would benefit by having full representation of both men and women in top positions. The report, “More women in senior positions – key to economic stability and growth,” shows that women continue to be severely under-represented in economic decision-making. In the corporate world, men […]
The Business Case for Diversity through 90 Empirical Studies For the first time, a comprehensive compendium of international studies on the added value of Diversity & Inclusion has been published. The International Business Case Report (IBCR) is now available from ‘European Diversity Research & Consulting’, Cologne (Germany). “Especially in tough times, organisations need this kind […]
Pepsi Bottling has created one of the most diverse boards, in terms of gender and ethnicity, of any company in the Fortune 500 with four women, one of them Hispanic; one African-American man; and one Mexican man among its 10 members. Eric J. Foss, chairman and chief executive of the Pepsi Bottling Group, sat down […]
The survey “Diversity Management in Business Schools” conducted by EABIS, EIMD and EFMD in Spring 2008 mapped and analysed the best of teaching methods and research programmes on diversity management in European and international business schools. The role of education is paramount for raising awareness and further promoting the importance of workforce diversity management. Business […]