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.

GDIB 2016 Cover

Click HERE to download the 2016 version of the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks.

GDIB 2016 Model


According to the 2016 Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks report:

The equilateral triangle symbolizes equality and
solidarity or strength. The Foundation categories
form the base of the triangle. The Bridging categories
are displayed as a circle in the center connecting the
Foundation, Internal, and External categories.
The lines separating the four groups are
differently sized dashes symbolizing permeability
and interconnectivity and reflect the systemic
nature of D&I.
Colors have great variations in symbolism across
cultures. What may be interpreted as a positive
meaning for one color in one culture may be a
nearly opposite meaning in another culture. We
have been thoughtful in our selection of colors
and offer our interpretation, which is a combination
of a various cultural symbolism. We chose green
for Foundation representing nature and renewal,
blue for Internal representing harmony and
order, red for External representing passion and
strength, and yellow for Bridging representing
optimism and imagination. All are in a vibrant
hue representing the vitality needed for the
work to succeed.