Diversity & Inclusion Best Practices

We believe that a diverse workforce is essential to the ongoing economic vitality of the Greater Pittsburgh region. We must attract, retain, elevate and educate people of all backgrounds and create an environment that is inclusive and welcoming. In this section of our website are links to diversity and inclusion best practices to ensure our region’s Read More

GLOBAL DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION BENCHMARKS

The 2016 Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards for Organizations Around the World (GDIB) by Julie O’Mara, Alan Richter, Ph.D., and 95 Expert Panelists is a tool for helping organizations determine strategy and measure  progress in managing diversity and fostering inclusion. Click HERE to download the 2016 version of the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks. WHAT IS THE GDIB MODEL?  Read More

The GDIB Model

  What is the GDIB Model?  According to the 2016 Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks report: We believe the 14 categories, organized into four groups, cover the important elements that need to be addressed to create a world-class Diversity & Inclusion initiative. Each category is divided into five levels, with the benchmarks at Level 5 Read More

Supplier Diversity

This is category 14 of the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks (GDIB) and is considered an external category. This includes the process of selecting, contracting, and interacting with the organization’s suppliers and vendors in a manner that supports and grows D&I values and goals along the supply chain. ACTION: Promote and nurture a diverse supplier Read More

Marketing and Customer Service

This is category 13 of the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks (GDIB) and is considered an external category. It surveys the organization’s recognition of the diversity of its customer base and its sensitivity to the nuances of language, symbols, and images used in its distribution, sales, and marketing strategies, thereby attracting and satisfying prospective and Read More

Products and Services Development

This is category 12 of the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks (GDIB) and is considered an external category. It gauges the organization’s recognition of the diversity of its customer base and its effectiveness in designing and delivering products and services to current and future customers. ACTION: Embed D&I in products and services development to serve Read More

D&I Communications

This is category 9 of the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks (GDIB) and is considered a bridge category. It describes how D&I is articulated, promoted, and embedded into the organization’s internal and external communication strategy. ACTION: Make Communication a crucial force in achieving the organization’s D&I goals. Below are links that are intended to help Read More

Benefits, Work-Life, and Flexibility

This is category 5 of the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks (GDIB) and is considered an internal category. It describes the way work is organized and the extent of flexible work arrangements. Gauges the benefits and services provided to employees to meet their needs and concerns. ACTION: Achieve work-life integration and flexibility. Below are links that Read More

D&I Structure and Implementation

This is category 3 of the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks (GDIB) and is considered a foundational category. It is used to build a D&I initiative and explores the way the organization structures or organizes its D&I function so it can effectively carry out its D&I goals. ACTION: Provide dedicated support and structure with authority Read More

Leadership and Accountability

This is category 2 of the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks (GDIB) and is considered a foundational category.It is used to build a D&I initiative and covers the responsibilities of the organization’s leadership in shaping, guiding, leveraging, and accounting for D&I. ACTION: Hold leaders accountable for implementing the organization’s D&I vision, setting goals, achieving results, and being role Read More

D&I Training and Education

This is category 7 of the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks (GDIB) and is considered an internal category. It explores D&I awareness, skill-building training and education, and the integration of such training into all training and development. Explores the extent to which performance improvement and training are provided equitably. ACTION: Educate leaders and employees so Read More

Assessment, Measurement, and Research

This is category 8 of the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks (GDIB) and is considered a bridge category. It evaluates the way D&I is measured, whether the organization does research to support D&I strategies, and the organization’s assessment processes around diversity, inclusion, and organizational culture. ACTION: Ensure that assessment, measurement, and research guide D&I decisions. Read More

D&I Vision, Strategy, and Business Case

This is category 1 of the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks (GDIB) and is considered a foundational category. It is used to build a D&I initiative. It covers the organization’s overall approach to D&I, its articulation of the value of D&I, the requirements of managing D&I, and how D&I is embedded in the organization. Action: Read More

Recruitment, Retention, Development, and Advancement

This is category 4 of the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks (GDIB) and is considered an internal category. It  describes the creation of a culture of inclusion that enhances professional excellence and supports selection, retention, and advancement. Ensures that D&I is an important part of hiring and selection. ACTION: Ensure that D&I is integrated into Read More

Job Design, Classification, and Compensation

This is category 6 of the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks (GDIB) and is considered an internal category. It explores the way jobs are designed, classified, compensated, and assigned. This category includes assessment of reward and recognition systems and how an organization is fair and equitable. ACTION: Ensure that job design and classification are unbiased Read More