- There are many different approaches to achieving best practice diversity and inclusion initiatives, ranging from individually assessed citations through to meeting global benchmarks
- Conducting an organisational self-assessment against a diversity and inclusion benchmark is a valuable exercise to determine your organisation’s progress and areas of potential
There are many guides to achieving best practice on diversity and inclusion. Some are quite specific on particular dimensions of diversity such as gender. For example, in Australia, the process for achieving the Workplace Gender Equality Agency’s (WGEA) citation criterion for the Employer of Choice for Gender Equality is rigorous, with seven focus areas to help benchmark your gender equity initiatives. There are also specific benchmarks and criteria to assess accessibility initiatives, and efforts to support LGBTI employees. Some industries are also developing specific benchmarks on cultural diversity.
There are several global frameworks too. Perhaps the most comprehensive one we’ve reviewed is the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks updated in 2017 by the Centre for Global Inclusion.