Diversity and Inclusion practices have evolved to become the focal point for many organizations in India. Organizations today recognize the business case for diversity and inclusion and proactively taking steps to become more diverse and inclusive to attain a competitive advantage. However, since diversity and inclusion have a strong cultural and sometimes even legal context, D&I practices vary widely between countries to meet the local needs.
Considering this unique Indian context here are some emerging best practices in the space of Diversity and Inclusion in India:
Organizations like Infosys that have successful and robust Diversity & Inclusion practices have strong leadership commitment to the D&I vision and goals. To drive this commitment, Infosys measure Diversity and Inclusion as a significant measure in the corporate score card.
An annual inclusion survey is conducted to get feedback on the D&I initiatives from the various diverse groups. All business units are also assessed on their performance in the space of diversity and inclusion. These practices ensure that Diversity & Inclusion are on top of every business unit’s and leader’s agenda. (Ref: How Companies in India are Leveraging the Business Benefits of Diversity & Inclusion Report on Seminar held in Mumbai – March 2010)
Organizations in India have also put in significant effort in creating an Inclusive environment. Some best practices in this are:
Another best practice followed by most Indian organizations to build a diverse and inclusive culture is through learning interventions. Building a culture is a matter of developing the right mindset and creating the right mindset takes effort and time. Learning and development play a key role in enabling a culture of diversity and inclusion.
Most Indian organizations conduct training programs for diversity and inclusion that are centered around Overcoming Unconscious Biases, Identifying Micro Exclusions, Understanding the Business Case for Diversity & Inclusion and training D&I Champions and Allies.
With these best practices, many Indian organizations have seen significant improvement in the D&I Index. However, diversity and inclusion are ever evolving and need evolving practices to ensure continued commitment towards it.