Lots of talk, not much action on diversity

Four in 10 organizations don’t have a plan to foster diversity: report
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/11/2007

The majority of Canadian organizations rank diversity as a priority, but 42 per cent of them have no strategic plan to foster it, according to a Conference Board of Canada report.

“There’s always a gap between awareness and execution in anything,” said Prem Benimadhu, vice-president of governance and HR management at the Conference Board.

With 85 per cent of the organizations surveyed citing diversity as a priority, most organizations are aware of the benefits of a diverse workforce, such as increasing global competitiveness, increasing the available talent pool and increasing an organization’s innovative capabilities, said Benimadhu.