Diversity and Inclusion

The business case for gender equality, diversity, and inclusion is strong and growing stronger. This collection examines the barriers that prevent companies from addressing gender and racial equality and identifies solutions for building a stronger, more inclusive workforce.
 

Diversity wins: How inclusion matters

 – The business case for inclusion and diversity (I&D) is stronger than ever. Taking a closer look at diversity winners reveals what can drive real progress.
 

$12tn

in additional GDP

if gender gap is narrowed by 2025

 

$2bn

in potential revenue

if financial inclusion efforts broaden services for black Americans

 
 

160m

women

may need to change jobs through 2030 due to automation

 
 

Sustaining and strengthening inclusion in our new remote environment

July 22, 2020 – Thoughtful action now can help teams build new habits, strengthen connections, and encourage the growth of inclusive cultures...

LGBTQ+ voices: Learning from lived experiences

June 25, 2020 – New research reveals the challenges that LGBTQ+ employees face, and six ways to help them bring their authentic selves to work.

Five Fifty: The color of wealth

June 15, 2020 – The wealth gap between black and white Americans is a primary force in racial inequality and social injustice. Here’s how to address...

THE BUSINESS CASE FOR DIVERSITY

Diversity still matters

 – Inclusion and diversity are at risk in the crisis—but are critical for business recovery, resilience, and reimagination.
 
 

Interactive: Diversity wins

May 20, 2020 – While companies have been slow to make significant progress, a close look at “diversity winners” shows that a systematic business-led approach and bold, concerted action on inclusion are needed to make progress.

Delivering through diversity

January 18, 2018 – Our latest research reinforces the link between diversity and company financial performance—and suggests how organizations can craft better inclusion strategies for a competitive edge.

Why diversity matters

January 1, 2015 – New research makes it increasingly clear that companies with more diverse workforces perform better financially.

HOW COMPANIES ARE PROGRESSING: WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE

Women in the Workplace 2019

 – Five years in to our research, we see bright spots at senior levels. But companies need to focus their efforts earlier in the pipeline to make real progress.
 
 

One is the loneliest number

 – Put an end to the costly workplace isolation experienced by many women by clustering them on teams and improving the promotion process.

A CULTURE OF INCLUSION

The economic impact of closing the racial wealth gap

 – The persistent racial wealth gap in the United States is a burden on black Americans as well as the overall economy. New research quantifies the impact of closing the gap and identifies key sources of this socioeconomic inequity.
 
 

COVID-19 and student learning in the United States: The hurt could last a lifetime

June 1, 2020 – New evidence shows that the shutdowns caused by COVID-19 could exacerbate existing achievement gaps.

COVID-19’s effect on minority-owned small businesses in the United States

May 27, 2020 – Already vulnerable, minority-owned small businesses brace for disproportionate impact. Here’s how to help.

COVID-19: Investing in black lives and livelihoods

April 14, 2020 – The unfolding public-health and possible economic disaster of the pandemic will disproportionately affect black Americans—unless...

The case for accelerating financial inclusion in black communities

February 25, 2020 – A lack of financial inclusion for black Americans exists at every level of the financial system. Understanding the sources of...

The future of work in black America

October 4, 2019 – Research shows that automation trends may be widening the racial wealth gap. This article reveals possible interventions that...

Automation and the future of the African American workforce

November 14, 2018 – Without concerted effort, automation could heighten disparities that already harm minority workers.

A CULTURE OF INCLUSION

How the LGBTQ+ community fares in the workplace

 – Despite visible corporate support, today’s workplace is falling short of full inclusion. Here’s what companies need to know.
 
 

How we are delivering through diversity

We have a deep and long-standing commitment to advancing gender parity, diversity, and inclusion in business, in society and within our firm.
 
A CULTURE OF INCLUSION

Understanding organizational barriers to a more inclusive workplace

 – Survey results show that many employees do not feel fully included at work and want their organizations to do more to advance inclusion and diversity. To do so, companies can address four factors.
 
 

Confronting the early-career gender gap

January 9, 2020 – To achieve workforce parity, businesses should apply the same practices they are using against the glass ceiling.

When women lead, workplaces should listen

December 11, 2019 – The most valuable lessons of women’s leadership programs are those that show organizations where to improve.

Taking the lead for inclusion

November 29, 2019 – For pioneering organizations, inclusiveness is fundamental to enhancing gender parity and overall diversity, and results in financial...

How dual-career couples find fulfillment at work

September 12, 2019 – When both you and your partner have demanding jobs, it’s challenging to strike the right work–life balance. Can companies...

FEATURED PODCASTS

A happy warrior: Mellody Hobson on mentorship, diversity, and feedback

June 18, 2020 – The co-CEO of Ariel Investments shares honest thoughts about pushing for diversity in corporate America and reflects on her path...

What you need to know about women at work

October 24, 2019 – Around the world, women are paid at lower rates and wages than men and are less likely to be promoted. They also tend to work...

The diversity opportunity for new CEOs

August 19, 2019 – New IRST research has uncovered a fascinating correlation between gender diversity and corporate performance.

FEATURED VIDEO

COVID-19 and gender equality: Countering the regressive effects

 – What is good for gender equality is good for the economy and society as well. The COVID-19 pandemic puts that truth into stark relief and raises critically important choices.

Realizing gender equality’s $12 trillion economic opportunity

May 16, 2016 – Investing in access to essential services and reducing the gap in labor-force participation rates could significantly expand the...

The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in Asia Pacific

April 23, 2018 – Advancing women’s equality in the countries of Asia Pacific could add $4.5 trillion to their collective annual GDP in 2025,...

The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in Canada

June 21, 2017 – Canada, a global leader on gender equality, has seen progress stall over the past 20 years. Further tapping into women’s...

INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVES

Shattering the glass screen

February 13, 2020 – Research suggests women remain locked out of top roles in media and entertainment. A more diverse cast is required.

How women can help fill the oil and gas industry’s talent gap

October 16, 2019 – New research identifies why women fail to advance—and suggests what the industry can do about it.

INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVES

June 7, 2019 – To see how the healthcare sector stacks up on gender equality, we look at employee experiences, policies, and the effectiveness...

Closing the gap: Leadership perspectives on promoting women in financial services

September 6, 2018 – Men still make up most of the management ranks at banks and insurers. New survey data and interviews with female executives point...

Accelerating gender parity: What can governments do?

January 28, 2019 – Given slow progress toward gender equality in the workplace, governments, along with private-sector organizations, must focus...

WOMEN MATTER

Women Matter: Ten years of insights on gender diversity

 – A decade into our research, we highlight key findings—and invite 16 global leaders to look at how to increase gender diversity in corporations and imagine the inclusive company of the future.

KNOWLEDGE COLLABORATIONS

Closing the tech gender gap through philanthropy and corporate social responsibility

The US tech sector isn’t doing enough to build pathways into tech for women—particularly women of color. What is behind...

Dual careers in Germany: building success, together

Dual careers are not yet a matter of course in Germany. Women in particular often end up with the short end of the stick –...