Research Report

Keeping DEI Strong in Volatile Times

October 2023

Today’s DEI and talent landscape is challenging and complex. Leaders are navigating competing priorities, internal and external headwinds, and divided employee sentiment, and every talent decision is fraught with tradeoffs and risks.

This research grew out of efforts within Seramount’s Chief Diversity Officers Collaborative, with the goal to understand the major obstacles that CDOs and talent leaders face in uncertain times, and demonstrate solutions with proven results. In addition to reviewing best practices from about 100 organizations across sectors and geographies, Seramount’s research team reviewed over 200 articles culled from academic journals, industry trade publications, and general news sources, and conducted more than 30 interviews with CDOs, subject-matter experts, and other corporate leaders.

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