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DEI is not being cancelled, it’s just getting started

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By illuminem briefings

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illuminem summarizes for you the essential news of the day. Read the full piece on Forbes or enjoy below:

🗞️ Driving the news: The evolution of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work has transitioned from a focus on compliance with anti-discrimination laws to a broader initiative that includes creating inclusive cultures and addressing unconscious bias
• Despite its importance, DEI often faces backlash due to misconceptions, seen as divisive rather than unifying

🔭 The context: Initially spurred by the civil-rights and women’s-rights movements of the 1970s, DEI work in corporations has evolved significantly
• The role of Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) has expanded from compliance to fostering inclusive cultures and diversity in leadership
• However, the approach to DEI work has been polarizing, with some viewing it as a zero-sum game that either alienates or tokenizes diverse groups

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: McKinsey’s research underscores the importance of DEI by linking diverse leadership teams to a 39% higher performance
• Emphasizing DEI reflects the demographic and expectation shifts of future generations, such as Generation-Z, who demand more diversity and inclusion
• This makes DEI not just a moral imperative but a strategic one for future relevance and success.

⏭️ What's next: As competition may shy away from DEI, there's a unique advantage for companies committed to these efforts long-term
• Shifting corporate cultures towards inclusivity and belonging takes time but is crucial for retaining relevance to future customer and employee needs
• Adjusting language around DEI to focus on inclusion and belonging can also help mitigate polarization and engage more allies in the work

💬 One quote: "DEI work is not merely about hiring and promoting folks with diverse backgrounds; it is about creating a workplace environment where everyone feels seen, heard, and belonging."

📈 One stat: "Leadership teams with diverse representation enjoy a 39% higher performance."

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