Friday, 28th April 2017
STOP TICKING BOXES
Embracing Diversity means connecting wholes and not splitting parts or dividing and categorising people. Only then will it be sustainable.
At Diverse Ethics, we have talked to a large number of organisations and seen the ways in which they attempt to embrace diversity in the workplace. The reality in Britain has been that even where resources are devoted to this task, and staff are hired to 'supervise' diversity, all too often, the efforts are cosmetic, designed to write up strategies and policy documents, without making any real or lasting changes. Sometimes, the intentions of the staff are very good, but they are paralysed by a lack of resources or leadership and strategic support for the work they do.
At the same time, the big word in business and public organisations is 'sustainability'. Change must have a lasting impact. It must be real, not superficial. It should be in harmony with nature, not just the organisation and its selfish priorities.
Hello - what about sustainable diversity? Clearly nature has no problem with difference, and lives harmoniously with it. Why not use these principles to enlighten our own organisation? If diversity actions and exercises are sustainable, they should:
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