Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) efforts in the United States have increased in the past decade, with heightened focus on racial inequity after the May 2020 killing of George Floyd. While multinational and global organizations have made strides in the U.S., they face added complexities regionally around the world, and often grapple with the best ways to define, execute and measure DEI in a local, culturally competent manner.
Seramount has produced the Inclusion Index, which is based on U.S. data, for the past five years. The requests to assess global efforts, even if they are in early stages, have accelerated each year. There’s a good reason for that—of the 185 organizations that earned spots on the Inclusion Index, 93 percent have a global presence.
To address these needs, in late 2020 Seramount launched our first Global Inclusion Index, assessing corporate efforts at hiring and promoting women, ability to measure other under-represented groups on a country-specific basis, creating inclusive cultures, and holding country leaders and managers accountable for results. We invited companies to apply in each of these 15 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, Venezuela and the United Kingdom.