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U.S. diversity programs more advanced than other countries'

Tuesday, July 13, 2010  
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Diversity best practices are significantly less advanced outside of the United States, even at companies well known for their diversity and inclusion practices stateside, according to a survey of companies in DiversityInc's Top 50 with more than 10 percent of operations outside the United States.

Initiatives involving work/life benefits, recruitment, diversity training, employee-resource groups and mentoring are not as prevalent in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Sweden or the United Kingdom, according to responses by 45 participating global firms across industries.

Eleven sponsoring companies, including NEW sponsors Colgate-Palmolive, Novartis and Walmart, helped DiversityInc develop the survey and determine which countries to including in initial research.

According to DiversityInc's findings, input from global headquarters about diversity efforts is surprisingly low -- only 29 percent of companies in Europe, 20 percent of all respondents and 14 percent of companies in Asia say they receive guidance from headquarters on local diversity initiatives. The local company leader is involved in diversity efforts at 62 percent of the companies in Europe, 34 percent of all respondents and fewer than one-fourth of companies in Asia.

In other results, only 48 percent of the companies in Europe, 43 percent of all respondents and 33 percent of the companies in Asia have recruitment efforts for women, while all of the DiversityInc Top 50 do. Similarly, while every DiversityInc Top 50 firm has talent-development efforts aimed specifically at women, fewer than 60 percent of the companies in Europe do this, as do 55 percent of all respondents and 40 percent of the companies in Asia.

In the area of diversity training, 64 percent of the DiversityInc Top 50 mandate it for their entire workforces, but only 14 percent of the companies in Europe, 14 percent of all respondents and 8 percent of the companies in Asia offer this.

While every DiversityInc Top 50 company has employee-resource groups, fewer than half of the European firms, 46 percent of all respondents and less than 20 percent of the companies in Asia have them. Likewise, all of the DiversityInc Top 50 have formal mentoring programs, but only 67 percent of the companies in Europe, 67 percent of all respondents and 59 percent of the companies in Asia offer formal mentoring. DiversityInc will continue its global diversity research with a more in-depth examination of Europe later this year.


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