Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) are not boxes to check, or optional line items in your budget — they are both a moral and a business imperative. Integrating DEI into all aspects of the employee experience attracts talent from diverse backgrounds, creates inclusive cultures of belonging, unlocks the potential and innovation of your people, and builds a better world.
Before embarking on DEI work, it’s important to understand what each term means, and how they must work together to be truly effective and create cultures of belonging.
Diversity: Welcoming all the many dimensions of diversity in your workplace (race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religious beliefs, and more) with a focus on intersectionality and traditionally marginalized communities.
Inclusion: Ensuring that all employees feel psychologically safe at work and that each person is heard, supported, and respected for the unique background, experience, and perspectives they bring.
Equity: Recognizing that each person on your team comes from different circumstances, and enabling access to the same opportunities for all team members.
Belonging: The experience of all team members being seen, known, and valued by their colleagues and leaders, so that they feel comfortable bringing their whole self to their work, and able to do their best work.