The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities often works with institutions whose leaders are looking for quick checklists for what to do to create a more inclusive climate.  Unfortunately, issues of inclusion can be challenging to quantify, meaning that a number of measurements and assessments (both quantitative and qualitative) are required.  What works for one organization may not be the appropriate intervention for another based on their past experience, current culture, institutional priorities, etc.
However, a group known as The Diversity Collegium, a non-profit organization made up of diversity and inclusion practitioners, has made a new contribution to the field.  Their “Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards for Organizations Around the World” was developed by Julie O’Mara, Alan Richter, Ph.D., and 80 expert panelists from around the world.  The GDIB offers categories and benchmarks in the following thirteen areas:

  1. D&I Vision, Strategy, and Business Case
  2. Leadership and Accountability
  3. Infrastructure and Implementation
  4. Recruitment, Development, and Advancement
  5. Benefits, Work-Life, and Flexibility
  6. Job Design, Classification, and Compensation
  7. D&I Education and Training
  8. Assessment, Measurement, and Research
  9. D&I Communications
  10. Community, Government Relations, and Corporate Social Responsibility
  11. Products and Services Development
  12. Marketing Sales, Distribution, and Customer Service
  13. Supplier Diversity

The full report and standards are available for full use at no charge, with certain permissions required.


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