AESC Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The AESC report on Creating Competitive Advantage Through Fairness, Inclusion and Belonging

We are proud to share with you AESC’s report – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Creating Competitive Advantage Through Fairness, Inclusion and Belonging. This research was developed through our Diversity Councils and includes 52 client interviews from around the world.

In this report we present DEI as a journey that includes eight steps toward sustainable change, moves through a DEI ecosystem and identifies key lessons learned through the client interviews.

Our insights focus on results that drive fairness, inclusion and belonging for all. Complementing our interviews, we conducted a survey of over 1300 business leaders around the world, with over one third being CEOs.

In the context of culture, we asked leaders to identify the highest impact DEI strategies in their organizations. The top three strategies are:

  1. Foster a safe and inclusive environment.
  2. Communicate the importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  3. Leadership is publicly committed.

The identified strategies fit within the overall DEI Change Model highlighted in AESC’s report. They focus on creating a climate for change, engaging and enabling the organization, and ensuring lasting sustainable change on the ongoing journey of ensuring fairness, inclusion, and belonging for all.

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