Diversity is the practice or quality of including or involving people from a range of different social and ethnic backgrounds and of different genders, sexual orientations, etc.
Inclusion is the practice or policy of providing equal access to opportunities and resources for people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalised. Inclusivity promotes and sustains a sense of belonging; it values and practices respect for disparate talents, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of living.
Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) are about celebrating the full spectrum of human differences and creating a culture of belonging in organisations and countries. They are interconnected concepts that make up a group of people and create an environment that allows them to work together as equally valued contributors.
How diversity and inclusion in the workplace will make an impact in companies growth?
Investing in diversity and inclusion in the workplace leads to more productive, innovative and financially successful outcomes.
According to a research conducted by the Boston Consulting Group, companies that have D&I in the workplace generate 19% higher revenues than in more homogenous organisations. Workplaces that prioritise diversity and inclusion have proven to be safer, happier, and more productive.
D&I is about challenging stereotypes, fighting bias, broadening perceptions, and celebrating diversity and making everyone—regardless of caste, colour or creed—feel included.
How to make your organization inclusive?
Research shows a direct correlation between inclusiveness and happiness on the job. Inclusive work cultures celebrate differences and commit to making the environment safe and welcoming for everyone. You can do that by
- Your top leadership communicating the importance of inclusivity and how bias is unacceptable
- By developing training programmes to make your people aware of behaviours that foster inclusivity
- Put policies and programmes in place and form a D&I committee to track progress and fix accountability
- Provide training to key managerial staff
- Designate D&I champions in the organisation
- Promote inclusivity in your internal and external communication.
How can SpeakIn help to further this initiative?
SpeakIn is Asia’s largest digital platform for professional learning and the continent’s largest consortium of thought leaders. We can be your allies in your journey towards building a diverse and inclusive organisation with happier, higher performing teams.
Our speakers, coaches and mentors can train your managers can help you move the D&I needle in your organisation. They draw on their own experiences and use empirical evidence to show the difference D&I can make to your company.
We can help you put together a symposium or a conference on D&I, or find you the best speakers who can help you build a healthy business embedding the precepts of diversity and inclusion.
Diversity and inclusion speakers you can invite?
Here are some of the top diversity and inclusion speakers, coaches and mentors who draw on their experiences and use empirical evidence to show the difference D&I can make to your company.
Naina Lal Kidwai – Former Country Head, HSBC
Anthea Collier – Managing director, Randstad Sourceright
Sutapa Sanyal – Former Director General, UP Police
Julien Haye – GLobal LGBTQ+ leader Chair Global LGBTi Action Group, Fidelity International
Mimi Nicklin – Bestselling Author, Thought Leader
Dr. Lisa Belanger – Founder and CEO, Conscciousworks
Devdutt Patnaik – Bestselling Author and Speaker
Barkha Dutt – Award Winning Television Journalist, Founder – Mojo Story
Kevin Cottam – Leadership coach and CEO of Go Nomading Pte Ltd
Kaveree Bamzai – Author, Columnist and Independent Journalist
Chetna Sinha – President, Mann Deshi Foundation
Shweta Shalini – Spokesperson, Bharatiya Janata Party
Sudakshina Bhattacharya – Chief Human Resources Officer HDFC ERGO
Parmesh Shahani – Author of Queeristan and Gay Bombay Culture Curator, LGBTQIA Inclusion Advocate
Ankit Bhuptani – D&I Leader, TEDx Speaker, United Nations HRC Delegate Speaker
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