5 Types of Organizations in Terms of Diversity

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10861658268?profile=RESIZE_710xDiversity refers to the representation of races, ethnicities, and other minority groups in an organization, or its composition. Inclusion, on the other hand, refers to the degree to which the contributions, presence, and perspectives of distinct groups of individuals are valued and their level of integration into an environment.

According to a survey performed by McKinsey, a small number of organizations make a very compelling business case for D&I and are moving significantly more boldly on Diverse representation.

The study then sought to determine whether these few firms were also beginning to outpace their peers in terms of financial performance.

Firms in the top quartile for both Gender and Ethnic Diversity were predicted to outperform the rest of the companies in the data set by an extra 12%, as revealed by close examination.

Businesses in the 4th quartile of both Gender and Ethnic Diversity were predicted to underperform on profitability by 27% compared to all other businesses in the data set.

General progress on representation was discovered to be sluggish, which masked a widening chasm between leading D&I practitioners and firms that had yet to adopt Diversity.  Rising disparity between the best and worst performers indicated an increased likelihood of a performance penalty.

In the 3rd research, over 1000 significant enterprises from 15 countries and 5 continents were considered.  The research measures both Ethnic and Cultural Diversity, as well as Diversity based on Gender.

Research of firms whose success throughout the years has been measured, identified the following 5 categories, to 1 of which a firm may belong:

  1. Diversity Leaders
  2. Fast Movers
  3. Laggards
  4. Moderate Movers
  5. Resting on Laurels


Since the 1st data set was studied in 2014-2015, the likelihood of Diverse enterprises outperforming their competitors in the same industry in terms of profitability has increased significantly.

Let's delve a bit more into a few of the categories.

Diversity Leaders

Diversity Leaders are corporations that are on the verge of achieving Diversity.  These companies have done and are continuing to take meaningful initiatives towards Diversity and may achieve Gender parity.

Female Diversity Leaders made about 5% of the data set's representation.  In 2019, they had an average of 40% female executives, up from 26% in 2014, which was already a good number.

In the 2014 data set for Ethnic Diversity, they comprised 17% of the data.  In addition, Ethnic representation climbed from 17% in 2014 to 46% in 2016.

Typically, these businesses have implemented a systematic, business-led approach to D&I for at least 5 years.

Fast Movers

The category 'Fast Movers' is comprised of organizations that have made significant development during the time of investigation.

Women comprised an average of 27% of the workforce in 2019, compared to 7% in 2014.  Regarding Ethnicity, the proportion of businesses in the corresponding category has increased from 1% in 2014 to 18% in 2019.


On the opposite end of the spectrum are the Laggards.  Their already weak Diversity performance has been shown to worsen much further.

Laggards constituted 28% of the Gender and Ethnic Diversity data set.  They have decreased more during the past 5 years.

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