What is diversity?
Diversity simply means a lot of varied and different kinds of people. Organizations are more effective when they foster, value and embrace the diverse skills, perspectives and experiences that come with diverse identities. Diversity is an important objective but is not the same as inclusion.
What is inclusion?
Inclusion is about honouring diversity, not ignoring it. Inclusion in the workplace means an environment in which all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully, have equal access to opportunities and resources, and can contribute fully to the organization's success.
What is equity?
Simply put, equity is the fair and impartial treatment of people. A key ingredient to inclusive workplaces is equitable practices that remove barriers to access, opportunities and resources so that everyone can be included.
Why pursue equity?
Equity in a workplace means everyone receives fair and impartial treatment. It means not treating everyone the same, but treating people as individuals so that they have the resources and opportunities to achieve the goals that have been set. When equity exists, people have equal access to opportunities. It sets up an advantageous environment for both the employees and the employer.
What does this mean for my organization?
Inclusive environments are crucial to growing and sustaining businesses with a proven, positive impact on the bottom line. Diverse teams will perform better and come up with better ideas to help your organization become a global leader. Inclusion and equity will improve your workplace culture and help you attract and retain exceptional talent. An innovative company with innovative talent will mean a better bottom line.