Many organizations have been engaged in diversity & inclusion (D&I) work for a long time – some with success and others with disappointing results. Others are just getting started. How does an organization know if its D&I program will work? ADC Associates Founder and Principal Duncan Smith, along with 94 other Expert Panelists from organizations of all sizes, types, industries, sectors, and locations, have reached agreement on what makes for success in Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards for Organizations Around the World (GDIB).
In its tenth year anniversary 2016 edition, released globally on March 28, the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks provides updated benchmarks, keeping pace with present-day, real world matters. Driven by the two ultimate goals of diversity and inclusion – improving organizational performance while also creating a better world – GDIB is research-based and practical. Lynda White, president of The Diversity Collegium, primary sponsor of the GDIB, states “The GDIB describes what is necessary to do D&I work well, so that both the organization and community and world goals can be achieved. Effective D&I work is achievable when it is strategic, tied to the mission and goals of the organization, led with competence and care, and implemented in a sustainable manner. The GDIB tells us what works. The Diversity Collegium is dedicated to supporting the best D&I work possible – we’re focused on making it happen.”
Agreed upon by ninety-five Expert Panelists and two authors, the 266 benchmarks encompass fourteen categories with five progression levels: Inactive, Reactive, Proactive, Progressive, and Best Practices. The GDIB is offered through The Diversity Collegium website at no cost to the user, along with customizable GDIB user tools, applications, and articles.
Duncan Smith was quoted in the global Press Release as saying: “The GDIB was created through a systematic and rigorous consensus of D&I experts. The co-authors, Julie O’Mara and Alan Richter, Ph.D., led us through a year-long research process where the viewpoints of a significantly diverse group of experts – many of whom approached D&I work in very different ways – came to agreement on the outcomes that are needed. Modeling both diversity and inclusion throughout this process reminded us that while this work can be challenging, it is also hugely rewarding.” The GDIB is applicable to any sector and customizable to any type of organization, big or small. The benchmarks provide a comprehensive perspective on managing diversity and fostering inclusion. “We have truly identified successful D&I work. We’ve tackled it from all angles, perspectives, and employee levels. We have provided the framework that eliminates any guess work,” Smith adds.