Diversity & Inclusion

Recruiting and retaining a work force that is diverse in gender, race and other markers of difference provides businesses and organizations with innovative ideas and a competitive edge. Diversity provides a significant advantage in competing for clients, customers and suppliers in today’s global marketplace. NCRW is supporting diversity efforts by recommending best practices for recruiting, retaining and advancing the careers of women, particularly women of color. This research extends to examining the benefits of diversity in leadership and how women’s participation improves decision-making. NCRW is helping companies to assess their workplace environments and identify barriers to inclusion: from practices, to policies, to the informal culture of organizations. NCRW’s Corporate Circle supports companies in their efforts to strengthen and advance policies that boost diversity and inclusion.

Hidden Brain Drain Task Force

Recent events capture not only the impact of prejudice, but also the need to look closely at what is going on in the labor force and talent pool, where lack of opportunity is felt by non-whites and women from the very bottom on up to the very top rungs of power: white men are 95 percent of the CEOs of Fortune 500 Companies, 92 percent of the top earners. In 2006, only one Fortune 500 CEO is a minority woman.
 

URL: 
http://worklifepolicy.org/pdfs/initiatives-taskforce.pdf

Women as Change Agents

The increased representation by women among corporate boards continues a trend that has been present for several years; however, women still lag far behind their male counterparts. Both established women directors and those seeking board seats for the first time revealed in the survey that they still find themselves fighting an uphill battle for equal representation.

URL: 
http://www.heidrick.com/NR/rdonlyres/2886FCA5-62A7-4735-B4A6-F0C0C0627D5A/0/HS_WCD_WomenChangeAgents.pdf

So Many Corporate Companies, So Few Women Directors

Despite a professed demand from corporate boards, women directors remain in short supply.

URL: 
http://www.heidrick.com/NR/rdonlyres/0527A798-B67A-4FE1-8ABE-03D9B0B73D56/0/HS_WomenDirectors.pdf

Critical Mass on Corporate Boards: Why Three or More Women Enhance Governance

Does it matter to corporate governance whether women serve on a board? If so, does it make a difference how many women serve? Is there a critical mass that can bring significant change to the boardroom and improve corporate governance?

URL: 
http://www.wcwonline.org/pdf/CriticalMassExecSummary.pdf

Womenomics: Japan’s Hidden Asset

Don’t underestimate the power of the purse.
Higher female participation in the workforce can help mitigate
some of Japan’s demographic pressures and raise the long-term
trend growth rate. Womenomics is likely to become a secular
investment theme, and we identify potential beneficiaries.

URL: 
http://www2.goldmansachs.com/ideas/demographic-change/womenomics1-pdf.pdf

The Status of Women in the States & Women’s Economic Status in the States

The consistent correlation between women executives and high profitability.

URL: 
http://www.miller-mccune.com/business-economics/profit-thy-name-is-woman-3920/

Clearing The Hurdles: Women Building High Growth Businesses

Starting, funding, and growing a new venture are significant challenges for every entrepreneur. For women, the hurdles are even higher, due to widely held perceptions about them, their capabilities, and their businesses. Now, five leading experts on women dedicated to achieving success and claiming the rewards.

URL: 
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/clearing-the-hurdles/candida-brush/e/9780131112018

The Bottom Line: Connecting Corporate Performance and Gender Diversity

Study explores the link between gender diversity in top management teams and US corporate financial performance in the second half of the 1990s.
 

URL: 
http://www.catalyst.org/file/44/the%20bottom%20line%20connecting%20corporate%20performance%20and%20gender%20diversity.pdf

Leaders in a Global Economy: A Study of Executive Men and Women

The Leaders in a Global Economy project grew out of the concerns of a group of companies.
These companies had already identified the growing need for attracting, developing and
retaining women as a key competitive business strategy, and they had been working on doing
so for a number of years. Despite their progress, however, they felt there were still many challenges—
both subtle and overt—to overcome. They wanted to better understand these challenges
on a global basis so they could develop new approaches and strategies to address the
advancement of both women and men.

URL: 
http://familiesandwork.org/site/research/summary/globalsumm.pdf

Women in the Executive Suite Correlate to High Profits

An extensive 19-year study of 215 Fortune 500 firms shows a strong correlation between a strong record of promoting women into the executive suite and high profitability, demonstrating that Fortune 500 firms that do promote women to high positions are 18-69% more profitable.
 

URL: 
http://www.women2top.net/download/home/adler_web.pdf
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