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Issue: 11 December, 2018
Happy holidays and good wishes
for world peace in 2019
Here's what you'll find in this month's newsletter:
Best Practices:
Results of a CFA GDIB Project
and Ideas for Progress
Best Practices: Promote A More Inclusive Society Through Corporate Social Engagement
DEI Futures Project
Volunteers Needed
New Collaboration
French GDIB Started
The Centre's New
Global Inclusion Council Members
2019 Forum on
Workplace Inclusion
STORIES OF D&I BEST PRACTICES
ACTIONS TO HELP ACHIEVE THESE GLOBAL D&I SUCCESS
AN EYE-OPENER RESULTS OF A CFA GDIB PROJECT AND IDEAS FOR PROGRESS
“The GDIB served as a very useful tool for measuring current state – providing a baseline measure — and getting a comparative feel for D&I. It spurred many of the attendee organizations to reach upwards toward better and best practices, as described in the GDIB. For many, just seeing what global best practices look like was an eye-opener,” said Rebecca Fender, Head of the Future of Finance, at CFA Institute. She co-facilitated the workshops with Dr. Kelli Palmer, Director of Corporate Citizenship at CFA Institute. GDIB co-author, Alan Richter, Ph.D, and Suzanne Price, The Centre Global Inclusion Council member, provided consulting advice related to the GDIB. CFA Institute, headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA is the premier global association for investment management professionals; see  https://www.cfainstitute.org/   

CFA Institute collected data through a series of workshops that were held from October 2017 to May 2018. These events were held under the Chatham House Rule* and took place in Toronto, Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York City, with a total of 344 participants across 99 investment management firms, representing approximately $38 trillion in assets under management. The composition of roles was as follows: C-level executives = 19%, MD/head/VP = 36%, other investment professionals = 24%, HR/D&I = 18%, other = 3%. 
 
MOST PREVALENT DIVERSITY FOCUS  
As shown in the chart below, the most prevalent diversity focus area was gender, at 96%, with race and ethnicity next, at 83%.
NEW PAPER OUTLINES PATHS TO
PROMOTE A MORE INCLUSIVE SOCIETY THOUGH CORPORATE SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT
The opening statement in this 18-page report funded by Walmart

The relationship between business and society is undergoing a profound transformation. Leaders in corporate, government, and civil society are increasingly calling for business to rethink its fundamental purpose, look beyond economic values, and make a more meaningful impact on social issues.

The Centre for Global Inclusion contributed to this study in several ways and the GDIB definitions of diversity & inclusions are the ones chosen for use by CECP. Julie O’Mara, The Centre President and Board Chair, served as a Subject Matter Expert.

The White Paper lays out six key trends, accompanied by in-practice guides, case studies, and recommendations for areas of future focus as companies integrate D&I into their CSE work.

  1. Companies are increasingly addressing D&I through CSE and expect this trend to continue
  2. Companies’ primary motivations for advancing D&I through CSE are two-fold: to achieve social impact and to develop a more diverse talent pipeline.
  3. Developing a strategic, integrated approach to D&I is the biggest challenge — and opportunity.
  4. Employees — at all levels — have a critical role in advancing D&I efforts in CSE.
  5. Developing a clear and strategic approach to addressing equity in CSE is challenging on multiple fronts.
  6. There is a need to improve the measurement of D&I in CSE.
ABOUT THE DEI FUTURES PROJECT
DEI FUTURES PROJECT FOCUS
AREAS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON
***VOLUNTEERS NEEDED***
Exciting things are happening as the DEI Futures Project (lead by The Centre for Global Inclusion and the FutureWork Institute) solidifies focus areas essential to making the future we imagine for all. Keeping with the spirit and energy of the 3-day event last spring, and based on the ongoing work of more than 150 Project participants across the globe, teams have been formed to drive the project to completion. These volunteer work teams each have specific focus areas around Design, Content, Marketing and Communication, Web Presence, User Resources and Support. Their combined efforts will culminate in the release of results of this project in March 2019. Revisit this video of the 3-day event which captures the spirit of The DEI Futures Project.

Let us know if you want to:
(1) join the project, (2) volunteer for a team,
(3) become an Alliance partner, or (4) sponsor the project
FROM & ABOUT THE CENTRE & THE GDIB
NEW COLLABORATION - NOUVELLE COLLABORATION! FRENCH GDIB STARTED
The Centre for Global Inclusion is pleased to announce   Stéphane Patry, Nathalie Tellier and Nadia Gouy of Ville de Montréal (The City of Montreal) are donating a French translation of the GDIB and GDIB Checklist. The French translation will be completed by Nadia Gouy, a certified translator, also knowledgeable in diversity and inclusion. With this sponsorship, the Centre will make the French version available FREE to all who sign the  permission agreement  and follow the guidelines for free use.
MEET THE CENTRE'S NEW
GLOBAL INCLUSION COUNCIL MEMBERS
Naseem Yasin
Suzanne Price
The Centre Board of Directors has added two new members to its Global Inclusion Council–Naseem Yasin and Suzanne Price.
FROM & ABOUT EXPERT PANELISTS & ALLIANCES
Go here for additional information about the program and registration

Here is the list of Friends of The Centre/the GDIB that we know are presenting. We haven’t yet heard of all proposals accepted – so check back later for an update:
 
Going Back to go Forward, Decolonising Ourselves, Our Work, and Our Organisations
Natasha Aruliah , Independent Consultant, Vancouver, Canada
 
Advocating for a Future World Where DEI is Prominent
Natasha Aruliah , Independent Consultant, Vancouver, Canada
Dr. Niru Kumar , Ask Insights, New Delhi, India
Mercedes Martin , Mercedes Martin & Company, Miami, USA 
Duncan Smith , Principal, ADC Associates, Melbourne, Australia
 
Influencing Inclusion - The Cognitive Hypnotic Transformation Tool
Dr. Niru Kumar , Ask Insights, New Delhi, India
 
Ethics - Closing the Gap between D&I
Alan Richter , GDIB Co-Author, QED Consulting, New York, NY, USA
 
D&I Benchmarks – the How To’s of Good Work – a Map for Strategy and Implementation
Nene Molefi , Mandate Molefi HR Consultants CC, Johannesburg, South Africa
Lynda White , McLeod White & Assoc., Montreal, Canada
 
Seeking Solutions to Our Own Ethnocentrism: Addressing the My-Approach-Is-Better-Than-Your-Approach D&I Contest
Julie O’Mara , President and Board Chair, The Centre for Global Inclusion, North Las Vegas, USA
With a panel of five “actors”
 
Crossing the Great Divides: What To Do When the Culture Wars Enter the Workplace 
Howard Ross , Cook Ross Inc., Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
Gleb Tsipursky , Ohio State University, USA
 
Where do We Go From Here? Managing Gender at Work in the #MeToo Era 
Howard Ross , Howard Ross, Cook Ross Inc., Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
Leslie Traub , Cook Ross Inc., Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
 
Redefining Masculinity for Leadership
Mercedes Martin , Mercedes Martin & Company, Miami, USA

Because the Forum is owned by the University of St. Thomas (UST), a Catholic institution, a decision was made in Fall 2018 to not allow Planned Parenthood representatives to present at the Conference or serve on committees (which they have done in the past). The reason is because of a difference of values. Several groups and individuals requested that UST reconsider its decision. The result of much discussion is that UST determined that after the 2019 conference (the planning for which was already underway with contractual and employment arrangements in place) that it would no longer run the Forum. UST has asked the Forum Advisory Committee to find a new owner of the Forum for 2020 and beyond. For 2019 the Conference will be held similar as it has for the past 30 years, but with Planned Parenthood not presenting or serving on committees. There will be substantive learning about this outcome held at the 2019 conference so that attendees can be informed and explore the challenges of inclusion when there are value differences.

Read More for statements released by both The Centre and The Forum on Workplace Inclusion.
TOOLS
Free Multicultural Calendar
GDIB Expert Panelist, Barbara Deane offers a free monthly multicultural calendar via Diversity Central.

DEI Futures Project,
Future Trend Cards
A collection of future trends is being curated and posted biweekly by GDIB Expert Panelist Margaret Regan.
FEATURED EXPERT PANELISTS
Our GDIB Expert Panelists are the thinkers and contributors behind the GDIB. They have contributed to the development of our latest editions, guide us in preparing for the next update, and serve as strategic partners. This month we feature these four:
Toni Wilson
Kate Vernon
Lucie Houde
Eddie Moore, Jr.
UPCOMING CONFERENCES
WHERE THE GDIB IS INCLUDED
Please send us information if you are presenting on the GDIB (or including it in a presentation – even a short mention) at a conference or workshop that is open to the public. See the User Tools section of the website for slides and handouts you can use. Please let us know if you are attending any of the conferences so we can make connections. And please spread the word about these sessions to your networks.
Winter Institute for
Intercultural Communication

March 12-15, 2019
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

White Privilege Conference

March 20 to 23, 2019
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA


E3 Equity in Action Summit

April 4 to 5, 2019
San Rafael, California, USA

DEI 2025-
The Future Fluent Global Summit

April 5, 2019
New Delhi, INDIA


The Forum on Workplace Inclusion 31st Annual Conference

April 16 to 18, 2019
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

PUBLIC COURSES/WEBINARS OFFERED
BY EXPERT PANELISTS & ALLIANCES
Listed here are programs offered by GDIB Expert Panelists and Alliances. Many are offered numerous times on an ongoing basis. While these courses may not be specifically about the GDIB, the content will be helpful in achieving many of the GDIB benchmarks. If you are an Expert Panelist or Alliance and offer programs open to the public, please let us know and we will list here.
Training & Education
courses including
by The Winters Group
Multiple Webinars
multiple topics
by Inclusion Allies Coalition
Unconscious Bias
courses including
 by Cook Ross
OFFERING SUPPORT
If you want to use the GDIB in conference presentations, blogs, articles, chapters and so forth, we will support by providing slides, handouts, and ideas. Go to our site and explore. We’ve put a lot of effort into providing these resources. Please help by adding to what we offer.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
GDIB Virtual
Certificate Program
Seeking Breakthrough
Practices for Inclusion
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About the GDIB: The GDIB— Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards for Organizations Around the World —helps organizations of all sizes, in a variety of sectors and industries, using a variety of approaches to D&I work to achieve high-quality D&I outcomes. First published in 2006, the 2017 edition is authored by Julie O’Mara, Alan Richter, Ph.D., and 95 Expert Panelists. It is presented by The Centre for Global Inclusion. The GDIB and its User Tools are free and may be downloaded at The Centre site .
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