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Reality check: Are you living up to your diversity and inclusion commitments?

Published 11 November 2021 in Brain circuits • 3 min read

When something is being marketed and you are surrounded by it from all directions, it’s easy to get on board. But when the hullabaloo dies down, it’s also easy to forget whatever the fad was at the time. Businesses are as prone to this as individuals, but when something doesn’t have a clear and visible impact on the bottom line, as is often true with ESG goals, it’s critical they understand that the impact is there.

ESG and principles such as diversity and inclusion are not just fads; shareholders and consumers alike are demanding visible evidence that companies are living up to their promises. During Pride Month in June companies across the globe loudly proclaimed their commitment to diversity and inclusion. Now, six months later, it’s a good time to revisit where you stand on those promises.

In June, there were lots of helpful articles and initiatives to help you become an ally at work. Hopefully, you followed some of the suggestions. But if you realize you aren’t keeping up with that six months later, it’s a great time to give yourself a refresher, and reach out to a colleague. Read some suggestions here.

To go beyond allyship, and maybe check in with your human resources department to ensure they are staying current with the issues, there are some helpful tips here.

If you are reviewing your strategy at this time of year, remember to build in inclusiveness and ensure it is part of your company’s purpose. There is a five-step strategy on how to do that here.

You may have noticed that progressively more people are including their pronouns on their signatures and social media profiles. If you still don’t understand the purpose behind this, you may want to read further.

Finally, did you form a plan for the post-Pride months? You may want to check in here to see if you have lived up to your plans.

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