Are you really doing diversity and inclusion right? The truth is that it’s an ongoing challenge. But there are some steps you can take to make progress and maintain the momentum you gain:
- Invest in experts, not just training. Make sure you have the right resources, including smart, academically prepared and experienced experts. Investing in talented, vetted diversity and inclusion professionals helps show that you are serious about walking the walk.
- Prioritize inclusion. Remember that diversity isn’t the final goal. Your culture needs to be inclusive and engaging for everyone. Diversity should be a daily practice and a guiding principle that your teams live and breathe.
- Create a culture of candid conversation. This can help repair toxic cultures, enable you to identify and address issues before they cause damage, and help all workers to feel valued and included.
To show your ongoing commitment to these efforts:
- Redefine your culture and values.
- Practice inclusive hiring and promotion.
- Have open dialogue about taboo topics such as racism.
- Invest capital in social impact funds and corporate social responsibility.
- Make your organization one that is a force for good.
- Market to audiences who have been ignored or dismissed.