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    • Diversity and Inclusion: Five Essential Leadership Competencies of an Effective D&I Practitioner

      Company Level: Any SizeType: Informational and Implementation

      Business has been a field of study for centuries. The first MBA was issued by the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in 1908. Within the field of business, however, diversity and inclusion (D&I) are relatively modern concepts that only recently have received much-needed attention. The growing emphasis on D&I has been driven in part by a heightened awareness – by customers, employees, shareholders, and the public – of historic inequities in social systems, including employment.

      At the same time, employers themselves increasingly recognize that diversity and inclusion are essential objectives, not only from a moral standpoint, but also for organizational success. D&I is simply good for business, and the return on investment is significant.
      This awakening has been evident in West Michigan, where employers have demonstrated their willingness to affirm their commitment to advancing D&I. This is progress, but it leaves the business community facing a question: How can D&I commitments be transformed into effective strategies and sustainable efforts?


      By building on the foundation established by experienced D&I leadership, this guide seeks to support the progress of diversity and inclusion efforts in West Michigan and beyond.

      This guide documents what a D&I leader needs to know and be able to do to be effective in their role.

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      TAGS

      • D&I Leader
    • DEI Recommended Reading List

      Company Level: Any SizeType: Informational and Implementation

      This reading list contains bestselling books and other highly recommended publications categorized by the topics of inclusion, workplace, cultural intelligence, cultural competency, race, racism, and civil rights. The list is great for personal education as well as DEI discussions in the workplace.

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    • Talent 2025 CEO Commitment Form

      Company Level: Any SizeType: Implementation

      Visible and genuine leadership results in successful DE&I efforts. This CEO commitment is a pledge to make measurable progress toward diversity, equity and inclusion within a company.

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      TAGS

      • leadership
      • CEO commitment
      • best practices
      • getting started
      • diversity plans
      • organizational values
    • Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks, 2017

      Company Level: Any SizeType: Informational and Implementation

       

      The Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards for Organizations Around the World (GDIB) is offered to support organizations globally in the development and implementation of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) best practices.

      The GDIB helps organizations:

      • Realize the depth, breadth, and integrated scope of D&I practices;

      • Assess the current state of D&I;

      • Determine strategy, and;

      • Measure progress in managing diversity and fostering inclusion.

      Diversity and Inclusion has emerged as a worldwide practice that is critical to an organization’s success. As with other disciplines, such as quality and safety, standards are needed to establish criteria by which to measure and monitor progress.

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      The Centre for Global Inclusion Website

      http://centreforglobalinclusion.org/
    • Irwin Seating | Diversity Score Card Example

      Company Level: Small employer (less than 250 employees)Type: Implementation

      Irwin Seating Company utilizes a “Diversity Scorecard” to track education, purchasing, and employment activities for their organization. This is an easy way to get started with assessing the current state of your company and setting annual goals.

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      • scorecard
      • diversity tracking
      • supplier diversity
      • education
      • education and training
      • best practices
    • Diversity Best Practices Website

      Company Level: Any SizeType: Informational

      Diversity Best Practices is the preeminent organization for organizational diversity thought leaders to share best practices and develop innovative solutions for culture change. Website includes some free resources as well a membership option that provides more extensive information.

      https://www.diversitybestpractices.com/

      TAGS

      • best practices
      • resources
      • news
      • getting started
    • The Competitive Advantage of Racial Equity

      Company Level: Any SizeType: Informational and Implementation

      This report details the potential gains of advancing racial equity. The article provides an overview of what racial equity is and why business should care. It touches on the dramatic  shift in demographics, increased innovation,  minority buying power, and much more. 

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      TAGS

      • business case
      • racial equity
      • case study
      • getting started
      • products and markets
      • innovation
      • reduce turnover
      • cultural competency
    • Work-Life Integration: The New Norm? Trends, Strategies & Best Practice Approaches

      Company Level: Any SizeType: Implementation

      Diversity Best Practices shares research based practical steps and leading practices companies of any size can implement to improve work-life integration. Companies that earn a reputation for supporting effective work-life integration differentiate themselves in today’s business environment and have a competitive edge in the search for talent.

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      TAGS

      • work-life integration
      • flexibility
      • best practices
      • community engagement
      • culture
    • Glossary of Terms for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

      Company Level: Any SizeType: Informational

      Diversity Best Practice released this brief report that provides a glossary of terms for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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      TAGS

      • getting started
      • definitions
      • education
    • Talent 2025 | 2015 Inclusion Interview Reports

      Company Level: Any SizeType: Informational and Implementation

      The purpose of this report is to educate Talent 2025 member companies and the West Michigan employer community on effective strategies used by local companies to attract and retain diverse talent. The interviews, focus groups, and survey were centered on gender, race, ethnicity, family structure, and veteran inclusion. The strategies and recommendations are based on the results of these interviews as well as other data collected.

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      TAGS

      • getting started
      • diversity plans
      • organizational values
      • best practices
      • community engagement
      • recruitment
      • retention
      • strategic planning
      • employee resource groups
      • onboarding
      • mentoring
      • employee benefits
      • employee development
      • supplier diversity
      • education and training