The State of DEI 2020

We surveyed hundreds of HR, talent, and people leaders on their strategies, progress, and budgets for advancing diversity and inclusion programs in the workplace. Here are the results.

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The Black Lives Matter movement of 2020 has significantly impacted DEI initiatives

How has the Black Lives Matter movement of 2020 directly impacted your DEI initiatives?

We implemented new DEI programs
0%
We spend more on DEI programs
0%
We offer DEI programs to more employees
0%
We invest less in DEI
0%
We invest less in DEI
0%

81% of respondents have made changes to their DEI initiatives as a result of the Black Lives Matter movement of 2020, including 60% who have implemented new DEI programs

When I was hired, as part-time staff, at the beginning of this year I asked to begin working on DEI initiatives as a part of my role. I was beginning to reach out to campus resources to initiate programming when COVID hit. There wasn’t much discussion about DEI initiatives until the protests this summer. Those protests sparked a community conversation within the athletic department and the creation of our DEI committee (that I am also a member of). The work of the committee has really just begun and we need more resources to push out initiatives across the entire athletic department.

Front line employees are leading the charge

Respondents are 5 times as likely to be concerned about leadership’s commitment to DEI than commitment from front line employees

What are you most concerned about when it comes to implementing DEI in your organization?

Not enough resources
0%
Not sure how to measure success
0%
Not enough buy-in from leadership
0%
Not enough tangible outcomes compared to the efforts wer'e making
0%
Not enough diversity in the talent pool
0%
Not enough buy-in from people managers
0%
Not enough buy-in from front line employees
0%
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