The new Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards for Organizations Around the World (GDIB) have just been released from the Diversity Collegium, a twenty year old non-profit think tank of practitioners, scholars and leaders whose mission is to advance the field of Diversity and Inclusion through dialogues, symposia, research and publications.

Heather Price, CEO of Symmetra has sat on the Expert Panel which ratifies the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmark Tool ™ since its inception in 2006. “Transparency about diversity impacts a fundamental component in effective stakeholder relations, investment decisions, and other market relations. To support this a globally shared framework of concepts, consistent language, and metrics is required. These benchmarks will help raise the standards of diversity and inclusion work for all organizations around the world by providing a clear and consistent platform of measurement,” says Price.

This practical tool elicits answers to the primary questions – How does an organization know if its diversity and inclusion (D&I) efforts are high quality and really worthwhile? and What are the standards to judge by? The GDIB details a comprehensive set of standards,  organized into four groups of thirteen categories. The 280 benchmarks are ranked at five levels of performance. Based on extensive contributions from 80 Expert Panellist around the globe, this 30-page booklet with a new diversity and inclusion model, illustrates what excellent diversity and inclusion work looks like worldwide today.

From Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards for Organizations Around the World © 2014 Julie O’Mara and Alan Richter. Used with permission. All Rights Reserved.

Benchmarking is a clear indicator of commitment in an organization, it is also a prime opportunity to educate and inspire diversity and inclusion in your organization. You can download The Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks tool by clicking this link .