Diversity and Inclusion in Business Council

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This Council was established in 2000 to identify emerging issues and best practice in the Diversity and Inclusion fields, and to help shape and communicate appropriate business responses. 

The business imperative for diversity and inclusion has never been stronger. Globalisation requires the ability to manage and motivate a multicultural workforce across borders and time zones. Changing demographics (e.g., the rise of women in organisations, the prevalence of dual-career couples, the ageing workforce) mean that organisations increasingly have to focus on inclusive leadership behaviour, new ways of working and new career models. Companies rising to these challenges will be well positioned to attract and retain the best talent, foster innovation and benefit from new opportunities in an increasingly diverse marketplace.

The Diversity & Inclusion in Business Council supports the efforts of senior executives who want to build inclusive cultures, providing them with the big picture, practical tools, and a forum for sharing experiences with their peers. A confidential environment affords members the opportunity to compare notes on challenges and successes and to support business performance through effective change programmes, measurements and benchmarking.

The power of peer learning

Enduring relationships with trusted peers are the core of the council experience. Enhanced by our global, enterprise-wide reach, these relationships span the world and extend the value of council membership. Confidential peer dialogue provides you with a broader perspective and shared experiences, as well as access to specific knowledge and best practices.

Council membership benefits

  • Collective problem solving that puts your issue on the agenda
  • Benchmarking through regular surveys of council members about relevant company practices
  • Multifunctional insights generated by the wealth of perspectives gathered from over 100 councils (covering more than 50 functions) that work together across geographies
  • Virtual communities that extend learning opportunities through a variety of online forums and other resources

Who should join?

Corporate heads of diversity, inclusion, and/or other human resources functions with global or pan-European responsibility for D&I. Members are usually, but not exclusively, based in Europe.

What members say

“The Council offers access to best practices, cutting edge research, and thought leaders through valuable learning events, meetings, and publications. It advances both my professional development and the expansive discipline of Diversity .”

"The Council continues to be incredibly valuable, with deepening discussions and new experiences from members who've just joined"

"There's always a new perspective"

"Every time I get more and more out of it"

"I'm super positive to have joined this network"

"I'm always amazed at how much we pack in"

"Really valuable and well run"

"There is a lot of trust, respect and sharing"

“Excellent meeting, love the combination of external expert and company sharing presentations. Great networking”

Council Director

Alison Maitland

Alison Maitland

Council Director
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What's next for Diversity & Inclusion?

Hear from experts and thought leaders at the 20th Annual D&I Conference. 

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