Diversity & Inclusion: The Role of Executive Search


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Driving Diversity & Inclusion

With the benefits of a diverse workforce well documented, Diversity & Inclusion demands a place on the CEO agenda. Invenias are working in partnership with MIX Diversity Developers, a boutique consultancy firm specializing in Diversity & Inclusion on the largest global survey of executive search professionals and a program of executive briefings and webinars exploring this key business topic.

Diversity & Inclusion Survey: Request the Write-up

As organizations seek a diversified workforce, Invenias set out to discover what role, if any, executive search firms play in driving greater diversity in recruitment. In partnership with MIX Diversity Developers, a boutique consultancy firm specializing in D&I, Invenias have undertaken a global survey of executive search professionals to ascertain the impact that diversity is likely to have on their working practices and business strategies in the future.

Preliminary responses from more than 400 executive search professionals suggest that D&I is a key agenda item, with over two thirds of respondents stating that it will be 'highly important' to their clients in 2019.

What challenges face Search Firms relating to diversity and how can they assist their clients with this salient topic?

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D&I Resources


Blog: Keeping Workplace Diversity on the Agenda

Richard Milsom, Managing Partner & Practice Leader at Granger Reis, discusses the link between diversity and financial performance and explains why companies should look to adjust their recruitment strategies. Learn More

"Search firms have a responsibility to take what is sometimes a difficult stance and show their clients the positive impact of a Diversity & Inclusion intention. Giving our clients great choices is better for their boards and ensures a better C-suite balance."

Janice Ellig, CEO, Ellig Group

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"As trusted advisors search firms should be prepared to challenge their clients to consider talent that could bring diversity of thought and perspective to their senior roles. There is a competitive advantage to be hand by those search firms that provide greater choice of candidates and facilitate better C-suite balance."

Hayley Barnard, Managing Director, MIX Diversity Developers

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"Research shows us that companies in the top quartiles for gender, ethnic and cultural diversity on average lead their industries profit-wise."

Craig Davidge, Executive Search Consultant, Granger Reis

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Most Read Diversity & Inclusion Articles

Diversity & Inclusion – what role can executive search play?

May 7, 2019

Diversity & Inclusion is firmly on the boardroom agenda and companies are actively looking to
improve equality in their recruiting practices. This is a trend that is not going away and which
many companies are tackling head on, both internally and through their suppliers. As a result, executive search firms need to address their role in promoting a fully inclusive board. …

Diversity and Inclusion and the Role of Executive Search

March 1, 2019

Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) remains a hot topic. For some companies it’s an issue of regulatory compliance or corporate social responsibility. Yet others regard it as a source of competitive advantage and with good reason. Research shows that organizations with greater levels of diversity outperform their competitors. …

Diversity in Business: the Token Female?

July 19, 2018

In the 100 years since the Representation of the People Act was passed, women’s rights is still at the forefront of consciousness, and diversity is clearly the buzzword in the media today. Are we seeing these key trends translate into the real world of today? Is a trending hashtag born in the world of social media actually having an effect on the world of business? …