The Essentials: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Corporations made important strides in their diversity efforts, but most agree they have a long way to go. Our top stories of the year on where things stand. 

In 2020, Corporate America made some big promises about combatting racism and promoting inclusion. So, what was the impact of those promises in 2021? There are more Black directors in the boardroom, for one thing. During the 2021 proxy season, S&P 500 companies tripled the share of new directors who are Black. Plus, there have been thousands of companies listening to their Black, Latinx, and other employees from underrepresented groups. And numerous firms are committing resources to hire and develop diverse staffs and deliberately seek out vendors owned by underrepresented businesspeople.

Still, there’s a long way to go. There are still very few Black employees in senior management positions and perhaps even fewer from other non-White groups. And racism and microaggressions in the workplace showed up even when no one was working at the office. Becoming more diverse and inclusive is a critical task, experts say, since more than half the country will be non-White before the middle of the century.

To help leaders make significant changes, Korn Ferry has gathered its best insights on diversity and inclusion, and on eradicating systemic racism in the workplace.

5 Ways to Be a Champion for Diversity

Corporate dollar commitments are one thing, but here’s how individual employees can help make a difference right now.

Harassment at (Remote) Work

Two new surveys indicate that workplace harassment rose during the pandemic. Will it increase even more as people return to the office?

One Year Later

In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, has corporate America followed through on its promise to pursue racial equity? Meet the woman keeping track.

Identity Crisis

Working from home allowed more employees to be themselves. What will happen when they go back to the office?

The Four-Step Guide to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in The Workplace

Address root causes, drive lasting change, and make diversity, equity, and inclusion a true lever for competitive advantage in the workplace.