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Review reveals diversity and inclusivity gaps

The  McKenzie-Delis Packer Review has reported that many areas of diversity and inclusivity within the workplace have “fallen between the gaps” for companies.

Data obtained through an online survey of 79 organisations collected between June and October 2020 examined 10 areas of diversity and inclusivity.

The report found that 71% of firms claimed to be making progress on gender diversity at senior levels, but just 54% “specified gender diversity” in their succession planning.  

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For race and ethnicity, the report showed 56% of workplaces had “initiatives” for increasing ethnic diversity in their leadership teams, and 49% specified the initiative in their succession planning.

From the surveyed organisations, 38% said they “gathered and monitored data” on the sexual orientation of their leadership teams, while 91% said they had processes to ensure employees with disabilities and long-term conditions had the correct adjustments required at work. 

The review continued to show 89% of employers failed to collect and monitor data on the socioeconomic backgrounds of their staff, with 19% suggesting the “contextual recruitment practices” supports applicants with less advantaged backgrounds.

Leila McKenzie-Delis, chief executive of DIAL Global, that launched the review, said: “The McKenzie-Delis Packer Review is an amazing example of what can happen when we harness the power of D&I.

“By involving students and sponsors, and the organisations taking part we believe we have contributed to the progression of how we talk about the D&I landscape. This review calls on organisations and world leaders to step up today, recognise the importance of D&I and take action to better our workplaces.”


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