Looking Back on 2022: Top 12 DEI Management Observations

It has been three years since the start of the pandemic and companies are still struggling to achieve their DEI organizational goals and commitments. Fortunately, while looking back on the hundreds of conversations we have with DEI leaders, we have observed important trends that, if actualized, can create substantial impact in any company. Here are ideascape’s […]

The Importance of External Disclosure

The next evolution happening in the DEI space is a rise in external disclosure and it stems from increased pressure and advocacy to ensure transparency from companies and industries. External disclosure involves being open and upfront about current DEI practices, mainly with their specific details and results in an effort to keep employees and the […]

Telling Our Story

Companies continue to put forth effort toward reaching specific goals within the DEI space, however communication challenges exist that halt potential positive impact within these organizations. Executives create gaps of awareness when they fail to fully communicate their perspectives on DEI and many employees don’t know the true extent of how the issue is being […]

The Emerging DEI Role Framework

What are the top strategic priorities for a successful Chief Diversity Officer? As DEI-related services become increasingly necessary for workforce productivity and business competition, Chief Diversity Officers (CDOs) play a crucial role in laying out the strategic framework for recruiting and retaining diverse talent.  To fully integrate DEI services into the organizational model, the CDO […]

Shifting DEI Organizational Design

What is the role of DEI in a modern organization?  Over time, DEI initiatives have expanded focus from internal support services to comprehensive and sustained workforce productivity and development. As DEI teams become more involved in discussions of business performance and effective organizational change, DEI programming must evolve to support new goals.  Your organization’s DEI […]

The Future ERG Playbook

Do employee resource groups increase business performance? Since its inception in the 1960s as a response to racial tensions in the U.S., employee resource groups functioned primarily to support underrepresented minorities in business by providing a safe networking space to share experiences and challenges and overcome barriers to success.  Yet, this focus is changing as […]

Stalls in DEI Progress

The fall of 2020 showed a spike in companies’ adoption of DEI practices and attributes as executive teams grappled with how to best react to and serve their employees amidst ongoing acts of racial injustice. However, since Fall 2021, the percentage of companies adopting DEI practices has stalled and even decreased – reflecting a change […]

Perception Paradox

In 2021, 81% of business leaders reported DEI progress as a primary focus for their company, yet less than half of global companies documented a multi-year DEI strategy or quantitative goals and outcomes to measure long-term DEI progress. Current company initiatives tend to address “soft” priorities, such as building inclusive leaders, which focus on internal environmental, service, and support […]

New Momentum and Old Challenges

Social unrest across the spring and summer of 2020 prompted the reprioritization of DEI, yielding a heightened organizational focus, a substantial increase in DEI roles, and the reallocation of resources. So while DEI executives have the greatest opportunity in a generation to help reshape their companies’ social agendas, daunting challenges that threaten their ability to translate opportunity into […]

Embedding DEI in External Communications

It’s time to innovate how we think about DEI as an “organization within an organization.” DEI needs to be integrated within and outside of HR, creating shared ownership and shared accountability of company-wide goals, as well as creating high-touch and high-impact relationships between DEI leadership and the rest of the C-suite.  Ideascape’s Embedding DEI in External […]