i4cp Study: Diversity's Dynamic Dozen

Groundbreaking Research by i4cp Uncovers the 12 Diversity Practices of High-Performance Organizations.

Seattle, WA (November 4, 2010) - A new employee diversity report released today by the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp), the world's largest and fastest-growing network focused on the practices of high-performance organizations, reveals 12 key diversity practices that are shared by high-performance organizations.

Working closely with an exclusive group of member companies including organizations such as Deloitte, ING, Pelco, Amway and the Federal Reserve Board, i4cp conducted a comprehensive survey of organizational diversity practices. Mindful that global economic turmoil has forced some organizations to shift resources away from such programs in order to survive the recession, i4cp focused on the question of what diversity and inclusion success looks like, particularly in terms of what it means to an organization's bottom line. Through this process, i4cp and the working group uncovered 12 key diversity practices that are shared by high-performance organizations and are correlated with financial success.

Though many diversity practices are logically tied to factors such as organization size and global reach, i4cp found that top-performing companies place explicit emphasis on specific aspects of diversity. By combining analysis of those behaviors with other demographic variables, the report identifies 12 key practices that link effective diversity initiatives to higher market performance.

For example, high performance companies:

  • Are more likely to build the business case for diversity on the need to reflect their customer base and community demographics. This is practiced by more than a quarter of high-performance companies (26%), versus 10% of low performers.
  • Place more importance on framing diversity as a business relevant issue and on creating accountability. Higher performers were almost 26% more likely to do this than lower-performing organizations.
  • Are more likely to specifically budget for diversity initiatives. Nearly half (48%) of higher performers specifically budget for diversity initiatives, versus only 27% of lower performers.
  • Are more likely to assign responsibility for leading and executing the diversity strategy to the executive team. More than a quarter (29%) of high-performance organizations reported that the executive team is responsible, while another 24% said the head of HR is assigned the task.

The remaining eight key practices are detailed in i4cp's 12 Diversity Practices of High-Performance Organizations report, now available to i4cp members.

About i4cp, inc.
i4cp is the fastest growing and largest corporate network focused on the practices of high-performance organizations. Through a combination of peer networking, human capital research, tools and technology, we enable high performance by:

  • Revealing what high-performance organizations are doing differently
  • Identifying best and next practices for all levels of management
  • Providing the resources to show how workforce improvements have bottom-line impact

With more than 40 years of experience and the industry's largest team of human capital analysts, i4cp is the definitive destination for organizations seeking innovative ways to improve workforce productivity. For more information, visit http://www.i4cp.com/

Erik Samdahl
Erik is the head of marketing at i4cp, and has nearly 20 years in the market research and human capital research industry.