Posted by: Trina | September 21, 2009

Diversity and Inclusion Are Key Business Drivers for Fortune 500 Companies

CHICAGO–(Business Wire)–

Diversity in the workplace continues to remain an important business driver and
priority for many Fortune 500 companies. In a Harris Interactive survey
commissioned by Capital H Group, 95% of those surveyed say that senior
management views creating a diverse workforce as a major goal.

The Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace survey results were released today
and will be shared with top executives at a symposium hosted by Capital H Group
and The Wake Forest University Schools of Business. Wake Forest University Dean
of Business and former Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo Steve Reinemund will share
insights into his highly successful diversity efforts at PepsiCo.

The Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace survey involved managers and senior
managers from DiversityInc Top 10 companies for diversity and a comparison group
of Fortune 500 companies. Qualified respondents held positions ranging from
office manager to vice president and had responsibility for managing or leading
a team.

Diversity and Inclusion Efforts Viewed Very Positively

Ninety three percent of those surveyed say that diversity is treated as a key
business driver, impacting business goals, strategies and results at their
organizations. A vast majority of respondents (91%) report that their
organizations set clear expectations of what is required regarding diversity and
inclusion. Critical in today`s competitive global marketplace, 92% say their
company`s current diversity and inclusion practices have helped their
organization`s ability to attract and retain talent.

And at least 96% of respondents believe their perspective and background is
respected and valued by their manager, senior leadership, peers, and direct
reports.

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