Diversity & Inclusion No Longer a “Nice to Have”: Report

Despite the advances taken towards Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) at the workplace, there is still much to do. The Key Insights on Diversity and Inclusion: A Joint HRPA and Diversio Report, identifies opportunities and gaps for implementing D&I programs in Ontario’s businesses. The Report is backed by data from a survey of over 800 HR Professionals.

“A strong and fully integrated D&I program is simply the right thing to do,” says Louise Taylor Green, CEO of HRPA. “But we have found that saying it is ‘right’ is not enough – we need the data to demonstrate why investment is critical and then we need to back findings with action and agents for change.”

Key Findings

Some of the results include:

  • Diversity & inclusion is no longer a ‘nice to have’, it’s a ‘must do.’ For example: 73% of consumers will stop purchasing from brands that do not support social justice, 9/10 consumers want brands to take a stand on equality, and 92% of employees expect their CEO to speak out on D&I
  • HR professionals face their own challenges when it comes to inclusion. For example: 4/10 of all HRPA members who are people of colour have experienced bias from management, and 31% of members who have a disability do not feel fully accepted by their teams 
  • HR professionals provide a unique perspective on the continued prevalence of harassment and discrimination in the workplace: For example, 41% of HR professionals report some degree of harassment and discrimination in their workplaces

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Joel Kranc

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Joel is the Editor and Deputy Publisher of Your Workplace. He is an experienced and award-winning editor, writer and communications professional. Joel began his career as a journalist and reporter covering the U.S. retirement and institutional investment market. Joel is author of Retirement Planning in 8 Easy Steps: The Brief Guide to Lifelong Financial Freedom.


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