Zoom Interactive Event: Diversity and Inclusion: Emerging Issues
16 September 2020
12:00pm - 13:00pm
Due to Covid-19, we have taken the decision to re-format this event into a live-stream webinar.
A Google Scholar search of ‘diversity and inclusion’ reveals that nearly 9,000 new scholarly works have been published since 2018 alone. Dozens of conferences address the topic and awards, initiatives, and social media campaigns abound. And yet, despite D&I remaining near the top of many organisations’ agendas, we have barely moved the dial in the last decade.
This slow progress is now being complicated by issues emerging from the COVID-19 crisis and broader social unrest. In this update, we will continue the conversation by exploring the challenges associated with building a truly diverse workforce, and the emerging opportunities and challenges around inclusion in remote working environments.
• Diversifying diversity. Organisations are still working to achieve gender diversity, and yet building a workforce that is diverse across multiple dimensions is critical to meeting today’s challenges. What are organisations doing to achieve racial/ethnic, socioeconomic, and other types of diversity? What business outcomes are truly diverse organisations seeing?
• Remote inclusion. COVID-19 has, at least temporarily, sparked a remote working revolution. While the flexibility inherent to remote working presents new opportunities to diversify the workforce, it also raises issues around inclusion of different groups. What are organisations doing to harness new opportunities for diversity while making sure that teams maintain inclusive practices, in order to reap the benefits of a diverse workforce?