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Strategy Essentials

Based on input from Commission on Economic Inclusion Best in Class winning organizations, the components described below appear to be consistently present within organizations which display an effective strategy and measurable results.

1.  CEO Commitment (see CEO 5 X 3 Agenda and CEO Economic Inclusion Report Card)

2.  The commitment is stated in writing and visible both internally and externally

3.  Corporate human capital and supplier diversity goals are signed off on by the CEO and all C-level executives, see Merck corporate policy and approach as an example.

4.  Organization's mission or strategic plan includes a statement of supplier diversity goals

5.  The business case for your particular organization is articulated and visible both internally and externally.

6.  Metrics are selected and shared regularly with the board, senior management and employees.

7.  The program is formalized with designated accountabilities, staffing and a budget. 

Value Proposition

Diversity Doesn't Stick Without Inclusion
Harvard Business Review

Investors and Startup Founders think Tech's Diversity Problem Will Solve Itself

LinkedIn

Why Your Diversity Program May Be Helping Women But Not Minorities (Or Vice-Versa)

Harvard Business Review

Why Diversity Programs Fail

Harvard Business Review

The Inclusive Leader

Korn Ferry Institute

Elements of a Successful Diversity Program

Joe Torres and Amanda Groves

Managing Diversity for Success
By Elizabeth K. McArthur

TEN KEYS TO SUCCESSFUL DIVERSITY RECRUITING
Diversity Workplace Inc.

Diversity in the Workplace: Benefits, Challenges, and the Required Managerial Tools
Kelli A. Green, Mayra López, Allen Wysocki, and Karl Kepner

Leveraging Diversity to Improve Business Performance: Research Findings and Recommendations for Organizations
Michele E.A. Jayne and Robert L. Dipboye

Diversity: 'An Economic Imperative
Wharton Magazine

Strategic Diversity Solutions:The Business Case for Diversity
Strategic Diversity Advisors

Window on the Future of Society,Business, Diversity, and Inclusion
Peter Bye


Diversity as Strategy
David A. Thomas

Organizational Diversity, Profits and Returns in U.S. Firms
Robert A. Weigand

Going Plaid
Plummer & Jordan

The Case for Reparations
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Carlos Javier Ortiz

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010
Sec. 342. Office of Minority and Women inclusion

The State of Diversity in Today's Workforce
Center for American Progress
 

CEO Commitment


The Impact of Senior Leadership Commitment on Diversity and Inclusion
IR Concepts

The success of diversity and inclusion in the workplace starts with management at the top of the company
Bob Moulesong
 

Diversity Statements


Case Studies


Defining Key Emerging Competencies of the Chief Diversity Officer

Christopher Metzler, Cornell University, 2008.

Tools & Resources

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