How to Start a Diversity Program

December 16, 2013 10:30 pm

Here are five proven methods of starting and sustaining a successful diversity initiative. All information on this site is based on 14 years of research of corporate best practices with measurable results, with all best practices and data coming from organizations on The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list.

 1. Setting Up Diversity Department

How many employees you need, whom the head of diversity should report to, what responsibilities your diversity department should have

2.  Executive Diversity Council

Who should be on it, what goals should be set, what role the diversity department should play

 3. Formal Mentoring

Getting senior leaders involved, formal vs. informal, making the program cross-cultural, increasing participation

 4. Resource Groups

What groups you should start with, finding executive sponsors, linking groups to business goals, increasing participation

 5. Supplier Diversity

Involving procurement, setting goals, developing relationships in the community