Recent events have tragically highlighted the need for us to focus and think more diligently about inclusion and diversity efforts in organizations and workplaces.
There are many, many articles and posts that provide statistics and emotional motivation for implementing successful diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives. Opinions and statistics are effective, but are they enough? A quote by Grace Murray Hopper, “One accurate measurement is worth a thousand expert opinions,” might help lead the way. Measuring diversity and inclusion practices and efforts shows us where we currently are so we can then move forward to achieve improvement and greater success.
Here is a selected listing of diversity and inclusion measurement resources to start your investigation:
Corporate Equality Index – provides an analysis and rating of large U.S. employers and their policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees produced by the Human Rights Campaign (Open Access)
Disability Equality Index – benchmarking tool for disability inclusion and ranks top scoring companies for Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion (Open Access)
EcoVadis Global CSR Risk and Performance Index – this tool shows how companies’ sustainability performance is evolving across the globe and Discrimination, Harassment and Diversity is one of the seven criteria in the Labor and Human Rights theme (report is Open Access, EcoVadis sustainability ratings are Fee-Based)
Eskalera Inclusion Index – gives real-time measurement to the performance of a company’s Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) efforts, and offers learning solutions and actionable steps to improve cultural hot-spots (Fee-Based)
Kantar Inclusion Index – enables organizations to understand, track and measure their own progress in developing an inclusive and diverse workplace on a global scale (Fee-Based)
NDC (National Diversity Council) Index – a measurement of organizational commitment to diversity and inclusion among U.S. companies, provides ratings on CEO engagement as well as corporate initiatives, policies, and programs in support of inclusion (Open Access for participants)
Working Mother – Diversity Best Practices Inclusion Index – helps organizations understand gaps in demographic representation and implement Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) solutions and recognizes high-scoring companies. Also check out Working Mother – Best Companies for Multicultural Women (Open Access)