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Why Diversity and Inclusion Matter to Investors
In this blog post, Morningstar notes: “A growing cadre of investors care about diversity, inclusion, and other factors falling under the heading of ‘sustainability.’ Financial advisors and asset managers are taking notice. The good news is that considering diversity and inclusion in investment selection leads to strong and stable businesses. The constituents of the recently launched Morningstar® Minority Empowerment Index™ and Morningstar® Women’s Empowerment Index™ score well on measures of volatility, competitive advantage, and financial health.”
OppenheimerFunds shares tips for attracting and retaining diverse talent.
Promoting Gender Diversity in the Investment Industry
Callan Executive Chairman Ron Peyton offers his observations on what has worked for gender inclusion at the firm over the last 45 years and what we have learned in the hope that it will inform others on how to progress toward equality in senior roles industry-wide. These lessons apply as well to achieving diversity in all its forms.
Retirement Clearinghouse notes, "Over the past few years, we’ve written extensively about auto portability -- what it is, how it works and the significant, positive impact it will have on the retirement security of working Americans. Our positions have been supported by research, predictive models (including EBRI’s RSPM) and real-world results from the initial implementation of auto portability. In this article, we address an important retirement public policy question: How would a pairing of auto portability with open multiple employer plans (or “open MEPs”) impact the retirement savings of America’s minorities, and particularly, African-Americans?"
A comprehensive report from Mercer, which is four years into its "When Women Thrive, Businesses Thrive" research.
In this paper, Mercer offers diversity leaders a framework and methodology for designing their own highly effective, sustainable D&I efforts based on empirical evidence and the best thinking on organization design.
On Gender, Diversity and the 'Library of Mistakes'
In this Q&A with Vanguard, Amy Gutmann provides her unique expertise on some key issues facing industry and academia.
This piece from Marquette Associates addresses the availability of strategies managed by diverse firms in the context of DC lineups. By examining the hurdles for diverse managers in the defined contribution space, plan sponsors, consultants, and managers will be able work together to develop practical solutions and improve inclusion.
Mercer research has reinforced that women have unique financial challenges that employers are not yet adequately addressing. By better understanding these challenges and helping women take charge of their financial health, employers will reap the benefits of a healthier and more engaged female workforce that is not only more productive, but also easier to retain and develop.
This Harvard Business Review article proposes six actions that leaders can take immediately to help the women of color on their teams to advance. It cites data including: “Despite representing about 18% of the U.S. population, women of color represented only 4% of C-Level positions in 2018, falling far below white men (68%) and white women (19%).”
The U.S. Government Accountability Office published this statement by Daniel Garcia-Diaz, Director, Financial Markets and Community Investment, "Representation of Minorities and Women in Management and Practices to Promote Diversity, 2007-2015." It is specific to the financial services industry.
Quick Take: Why Diversity and Inclusion Matter
This blog post from Catalyst highlights data and findings selected from a vast body of research on the benefits of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, with an emphasis on studies published in the last few years.
The CFA Institute asks, "Why is the industry stuck when it comes to diversity and inclusion (D&I)? What can be done to change it? What is working and what isn’t when it comes to recruiting, promoting, and retaining top talent? How do firms attract a diverse candidate pool and successfully recruit diverse candidates? What does an “inclusive” work culture look like? Have we moved beyond D&I as a “check the box” initiative?"
Women in the Workplace 2018 is the largest comprehensive study of the state of women in corporate America. Since 2015, LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company have published this report annually to give companies and employees the information they need to advance women and improve gender diversity within their organizations. Also see: LeanIn circles, education resources, and the book by Sheryl Sandberg.
Diversity Doesn’t Stick Without Inclusion
This article from the Harvard Business Review notes that “Leaders have long recognized that a diverse workforce of women, people of color, and LGBT individuals confers a competitive edge in terms of selling products or services to diverse end users. Yet a stark gap persists between recognizing the leadership behaviors that unlock this capability and actually practicing them.” It then highlights research that has uncovered four levers that drive inclusion: inclusive leaders, authenticity, networking and visibility, and clear career paths.