Diversity and Inclusion
According to our 2017 Canadian CEO Outlook, limiting brand risk in an age of transparency rose from fourth place in 2016 to tie for the top spot in 2017 with business digitization. Greater speed to market ranked as the second top priority, while three other priorities tied for third place, namely a stronger client focus, talent development, and a transition to data-driven decision making. A focus on diversity, at both the leadership and the employee level, lends itself to an inclusive culture and is the starting point for an Inclusion and Diversity strategy.
Our clients are more sensitive to risk than ever before as change accelerates. We have identified five key trends that are significantly increasing organizational risk in the absence of strong Inclusion and Diversity strategy and execution. They are:
An organization where Inclusion and Diversity is embedded in the corporate DNA is mitigating the risks associated with these trends. Equally important is that a diverse workforce and a culture of inclusion helps organizations execute on the top strategic priorities as identified by Canadian CEOs.
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