In recent years, more and more companies have started to see a business value in paying attention to diversity and inclusiveness issues. As these initiatives are factored into the organization’s overall strategic planning and efforts to shape the organizational culture, companies are beginning to see significant bottom-line impact.
We know we can deliver better outcomes for our millions of customers by leveraging and embracing the unique experiences, talents and thinking that our diverse global team has to offer. A commitment to diversity and inclusion has always been, and will continue to be, a competitive advantage in Dell’s business strategy.
– Michael Dell, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO, Dell
At Merck we recognize that good intentions are insufficient to address the need for fair representation and equal opportunity for everyone, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, military service or age. We must create and sustain innovative workplace solutions that ensure inclusion for all to achieve a fully engaged and customer-focused workforce.
– Deborah Dagit, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Merck & Co.
Hiring and retaining diverse talent, contracting with diverse suppliers and marketing our brands to all potential customers simply makes sound business sense. At Starwood, we leverage diversity and inclusion throughout the organization to ultimately outperform the competition, increase shareholder value and demonstrate our commitment to the economic growth of all communities in which we operate.
– Frits van Paasschen, President and CEO, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide
Diversity makes us a better innovator and facilitates our ability to draw top talent to the organization, making us a better company overall. That’s why diversity is a key business strategy.
– John Strangfeld, Chairman and CEO, Prudential Financial
At Booz Allen, our people are our only asset. We don’t sell a tangible product; we sell ideas and solutions. Our people bring diversity of thought and experience, which drives our innovation. For us, diversity is more than the right thing to do, diversity is a business imperative.
– Betty Thompson, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Booz Allen Hamilton
As organizations look to integrate four generations in the workplace, address inequities globally and compete for top talent, it becomes even more critical to continually raise the bar on expectations and performance. Diversity and inclusion is a journey—a journey of continuous learning, experience and growth.
– Dr. Rohini Anand, Senior Vice President and Global Chief Diversity Officer, Sodexho North America
Navigating an increasingly complex global business environment requires that we fully utilize the rich perspectives and experience of our diverse talent pool. This doesn’t just happen. We have to be highly focused and proactive in fostering an inclusive environment to be able to attract, develop and retain the top professionals.
– Steve Howe, Americas Area Managing Partner, Ernst & Young