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Was 2018 positive for diversity and inclusion?

This has been an important year for diversity and inclusion (D&I), and we have seen a number of key issues come to a head. First, and perhaps most notably, transparency has emerged as both a complement and an alternative to government regulation, most significantly in the gender pay gap (GPG) reporting regime. After years of D&I work, we finally had tangible evidence about what we all suspected – women earn less than men.

Significantly, our research at Frost Included in April demonstrated there was an inverse correlation between many organisations that had previously won gender awards and their actual GPGs. Transparency brought new attention to ‘pinkwashing’ and focused minds on what would really make a difference instead.

Expect to see more challenge in April 2019, when the second round of GPG reporting is due - and look out for its extension to ethnicity in the near future.

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December 18, 2018

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