Measuring global diversity & inclusion: The art of the possible

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As companies examine and refine their Diversity & Inclusion strategies, having access to information about the makeup of a workforce has never been so important. The privacy issues that arise in the process of collecting this information can prove difficult for privacy professionals to navigate. These challenges are not just to comply with the law; in practice, it may be as difficult to manage the expectations of stakeholders in terms of what can be achieved and act as a check and balance on the ambitions of senior management. 

This article looks at some of the common issues an organization embarking on a data-gathering project for D&I should bear in mind, and how you can set your program up for success. 

The legal issues 

There are compelling moral and ethical reasons for companies to champion D&I initiatives. In some sectors, regulatory requirements may necessitate such action to be taken. In the U.K., the Financial Conduct Authority, the Prudential Regulation Authority and the Bank of England

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