Business Leaders Join Hands to Foster Workplace Diversity

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Many companies are making a conscious effort to increase their numbers of female and minority employees in order to improve workplace diversity. However, helping employees feel they are valued and included is a complex process. Achieving this goal can give companies an advantage to outperform their competitors in the marketplace.

Recognizing the need to fill the gaps in workplace diversity and inclusion, Tim Ryan, the chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) along with a group of about 150 fellow corporate executives, has launched a new initiative to foster more open discussion about race and gender in the workplace.

The initiative, C.E.O. Action for Diversity and Inclusion, will encourage the employees of the member companies to discuss these sensitive topics. Ryan is the chairman of the alliance, which includes companies such as Procter & Gamble, New York Life, Accenture, Deloitte U.S. and the Boston Consulting Group.

The group is sponsoring a website, CEOaction.com, which has more than 70 examples of the most effective efforts developed by companies, including flexible work practices and gender equality programs.

David S. Taylor, chief executive of P&G, who helped start the initiative, said that half of the company’s managers are women and a third of its employees are minorities. P&G has inclusion and diversity programs, including training in unconscious biases, to help workers listen to one another.

PwC is sharing its best practices on unconscious bias training; creating an advisory board for LGBT; and developing a veterans’ transition program.

Members of C.E.O. Action for Diversity and Inclusion are pledging to encourage workplace dialogue on diversity and inclusion, to introduce or expand education on implicit biases and to publicly share the best as well as the unsuccessful actions their companies have taken. Efforts can be searched by industry category on the group’s website.

The steering committee of the program plans to hold a summit meeting in November to underscore its commitment to help companies improve dialogue and opportunities for all of their workers.

Source: NYT

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