For business executives the world over, the COVID-19 pandemic is proving to be one of the greatest leadership tests of their careers. Not only must they protect the health of their employees and customers, they must also navigate far-reaching disruption to their operations, plan for recovery, and prepare to reimagine their business models for the ‘next normal’.
In this challenging context, the task of fostering inclusion and diversity (I&D) could easily take a back seat—and the painstaking progress made by many firms in recent years could be reversed. As this report shows, however, I&D is a powerful enabler of business performance. Companies whose leaders’ welcome diverse talents and include multiple perspectives are likely to emerge from the crisis stronger. In short: diversity wins, now more than ever.
The findings and case studies presented in this report will be of enduring relevance to companies in every industry, long after the world has emerged from the COVID-19 crisis. As companies and their leaders navigate the crisis itself and plan their emergence from it, they will find that I&D is an essential enabler of recovery, resilience, and reimagination.
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