Diversity Business Case
B to B- the Challenge of Creating a Diversity Business Case was presented by several WON Members at the October 2009 Meeting. B to B (Business to Business) relationships can prove more challenging for diversity professionals trying to make a strong business case without the benefit of diverse customers and markets.
Global business is an established fact of life for many companies, but most find themselves struggling nonetheless to manage people optimally on a global scale. Pushing corporate ways of doing business without cognisance of local customs is a sure route to poor productivity and sales. At the other extreme, companies that give up all central control in the interest of local autonomy may sacrifice the added value that can come from a global organisation.
One of the most important elements of a successful diversity initiative is the least talked about: the capabilities of the diversity leader. In this session we explored ORC's competency model for diversity professionals and champions, and participants had the opportunity to assess their own strengths and brainstorm development ideas with colleagues.
Sixteen member companies responded to this mini-survey. 69% of members reported having affinity groups. These members described their programs in detail; including explanations about types of groups, their groups' funding allocations, challenges with their groups, and guidelines for theirs groups.