This study focused on the practices of large public, private and voluntary sector organisations. A total of 34 senior diversity professionals and 16 board level executives from 34 different organisations were interviewed on the following:
- What are the potential benefits of making a strategic impact with diversity and the consequences of failing to achieve this?
- What conditions are required to achieve a strategic impact with diversity in UK organisations?
- What is blocking organisational progress in making a strategic impact with diversity?
The study found that organisations gain the most from diversity when:
- it is treated as a core strategic issue
- executives can see immediate business results
- executives become active diversity leaders, and
- executives work effectively in partnership with their senior diversity professional.
The study was carried out in partnership with Melanie Allison, of Embankment Associates, and sponsored by Alliance and Leicester, British Council, Clifford Chance, Co-operative Group, Deutsche Bank, HBOS, Herbert Smith, KPMG, Lloyds TSB, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and UK Film Council.