The Evolution of the Chief Diversity Officer

Written by: Emma Jacobs
Published on: Nov 3, 2021

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The protests following George Floyd’s murder last year forced many businesses to recognise their shortcomings on diversity and inclusion.

The effect was immediate: research by the Royal Bank of Canada last year showed 40 per cent of S&P 500 companies discussed diversity policies during earnings calls in the second quarter of 2020, up from 6 per cent the same time the previous year.

One result of the internal and external debates — and heightened by the growing inequalities at work exposed by the pandemic — is that more organisations are appointing a chief diversity officer. The FBI recruited its first in April, and Harvard Business School did so in June.

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