September 16th 2020

Briefing Paper: Diversity and Inclusion: Emerging Issues

CRF’s 2011 and 2015 reports examined how to improve diversity, why it’s important, and why we should focus on creating an inclusive culture. But progress has been slow over the past decade, and it is now being complicated by issues emerging from the COVID-19 crisis and broader social unrest. The Black Lives Matter movement has energised the conversation around inclusion of those from racial/ethnic minority backgrounds, at the same time that economic strains emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic may imperil the focus on diversity and inclusion more generally. The pandemic has also sparked a move to mass remote working that has implications for diversity and inclusion over the longer term.

The purpose of this Briefing Paper is to continue the conversation by exploring the challenges associated with building more inclusive workplaces for racial/ethnic minority colleagues, and the emerging opportunities and challenges around inclusion in remote working environments. Specifically, we look at how the Black Lives Matter movement is reshaping conversation and practice, and we explore what HR can do – in practical terms – to harness the new opportunities remote working brings for diversity while making sure that teams maintain inclusive practices.

This paper is for those interested in learning about the changing shape of the diversity and inclusion agenda, including senior HR leaders, diversity and inclusion leaders, and talent practitioners.

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