Employers are significant influencers of societal norms. They play a pivotal role in remaking our society into a more fair and equitable place where people can thrive.
We live in a world of extraordinary diversity. Culture, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age and myriad forms of self-expression and individuality are part of our zeitgeist. Diversity is woven into the fabric of modern life and is one of our most significant resources. Yet historically, our communities and workplaces rarely celebrated or capitalized on this diversity. To realize the power of diversity requires a commitment to its two complements: equity and inclusion. As a society, and as business leaders, we must do and be better. Customers, shareholders, employees, suppliers and other stakeholders are looking to business leaders to take action, not just issue statements.
Challenging the status quo requires determination, bold decisions and structural transformation. It requires extraordinary effort, including cultural and behavioral changes, to make a difference in the short and long term. A diverse, equitable and inclusive environment feeds the success and advancement of all employees.
For more information, be sure to check out this whitepaper by Mercer to get the latest insights on DEI in the workplace.