Are Equity, Inclusion and recognition of Diversity the right words to use? Have they just become jargon for human resource policies and not much changes? An article in the World Economic Forum newsletter says Diversity, Equity and Inclusion have failed. Belonging, Dignity and Justice are proposed instead. The reasons are explained.
- The existing diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives only expose discriminatory attitudes and do nothing to change things
- These programs are still based in white dominant culture
- Belonging, dignity and justice are alternative values that are about the experiences of marginalised people
Belonging is about feeling welcome, dignity is about be a person, and justice is about restoring and repairing individuals.
Although the article is by a practitioner in this space, the information in the article is useful for any organisation wanting to improve diversity and inclusion in the workplace. In essence, it is about embedding the principles in all policies and practices both inside and outside the organisation.
We are reminded that the work done today on diversity and inclusion creates a legacy for future generations. The title of the article is, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion have failed. How about Belonging, Dignity and Justice instead?