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Evolution of the GDIB

The Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards for Organizations Around the World (GDIB) and all related tools and materials are now part of The Centre for Global Inclusion along with many other services – and more to come.

The past couple of years have seen a tremendous increase in activity and interest in the GDIB. While this is all good, providing something for free comes at a significant cost both financially and in time and resources.  Our 501c3 US tax status will provide the structure to raise funds from multiple sources.  Keeping the GDIB free is a promise we have kept since it was first published by us in 2006.  We intend to keep that promise. All our resources are provided for free.  We are not a consulting firm or a referral agency, but users are invited to contact any of our Expert Panelists, our Alliances, our Sponsors, our Board or Council members or users directly for consulting assistance.  Some, but not all, may be available to assist you.  If you have questions about the use of the GDIB or any other matter, please feel free to ask and we will endeavor to help you.


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The Birth of the GDIB

A Systemic Understanding of the D&I Field in Practice

Wishing to help organizations improve the quality of D&I work globally, Julie O’Mara and Alan Richter originally built upon a unique set of benchmarks created by The Tennessee Valley Authority in the early 1990s, called Bench Marks for Diversity. This original work, done by a research team at the TVA, was limited by being US-focused and, after the team disbanded, was in great need of updating with the passing of time and the maturation of the D&I field. Around 2004, with the TVA’s blessing, O’Mara and Richter set out to update those standards, make them global in scope, and applicable across all kinds of organizations, and keep the document free to use, as was the case with the original benchmarks.

That document was updated and revised by the GDIB authors and sent to the Expert Panelists asking for comments and suggestions. Those were compiled by the authors and then sent again to the Expert Panelists so they could review and comment on the edits made by the other Expert Panelists. The authors finalized the work, making judgments on what to accept and what not to accept, although most suggestions were accepted unless there was a conflict.  For 2011 the Expert Panelist group was expanded, with some original members leaving and new ones joining. The research review process began with the 2006 version and a process similar to the one used to create the 2006 version was conducted.


The GDIB Finds A Home

The Diversity Collegium

GDIB 10th Anniversary Edition Cover

In 2013, The Diversity Collegium, a think tank of practitioners, scholars, and thought leaders, became the primary sponsor and home of the GDIB. Go to www.diversitycollegium.org to learn about The Collegium.

We created a 2014 edition to include the sponsorship and improved the look and feel of the 2011 GDIB as well as improvements to the introductory material. No substantial changes that required research by the Expert Panelists were made.

For the 2016 Tenth Anniversary edition, we continued the research process as described for the 2011 edition. The number of Expert Panelists engaged grew to 95, including many who worked on the earlier editions. See the section on Expert Panelists for a list of all who worked on the 2016 edition. In addition to updating the benchmarks themselves to reflect current practices, we changed the conceptual frameworks to approaches for D&I to reflect the way D&I work is currently practiced, added a new category on Connecting D&I and Sustainability, added a description of the Ultimate Goals of D&I, added an explanation of practicing D&I work as a systems approach, and revised the model.

Since 2013, The Collegium has committed time, energy, and resources to enable the GDIB to continue its successful growth. We are so appreciative of The Collegium’s commitment to the GDIB and being our “home” from 2013 to July, 2017.

 Graphic of the Evolution of the GDIB

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The Future of the GDIB

The users of the GDIB have grown over the past decade, covering a wide array of sectors – including corporate across many industries, education, health, government, international public sector and non-profit organizations. Additionally other supporters and funders have emerged to sustain the GDIB operations, and now in 2017, the time has come to provide a long-term sustainable home for the GDIB.

In July 2017, The Centre for Global Inclusion was formed and created the 2017 edition of the GDIB. Although numerous references to the website and other improvements were made, no substantial research-based changes were made. Go here to download the current 2017 Edition of the GDIB.