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Corporate D&I

- January 22, 2021
Are businesses becoming more diverse and inclusive?
Damian Maldonado speaks with employee Ayesha Brewer in 2018 in Boulder, Colorado. (Getty Images/The Denver Post/Helen H. Richardson)
Although corporate America spends billions annually on diversity and inclusion (D&I) programs, most companies have not made many gains in hiring a diverse workforce. An influential 2019 study by Coqual, a New York think tank, found that corporate America's efforts to increase diversity are failing, in part because of a reluctance to discuss race at the workplace. Efforts to improve D&I programs took on greater urgency in the wake of George Floyd's death in May and the nationwide protests against systemic racism that followed.

Biden's Cabinet

Corporate D&I Efforts

Federal Action

 
1938–1967Congress and the White House take action against employment discrimination.
1987–PresentCorporations take the lead on diversity and inclusion training.
   

Do corporate diversity and inclusion efforts work?

Pro

Theia Smith
Director, D&I Consulting at PwC.

Con

Mike Gonzalez
Senior Fellow, Heritage Foundation.

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