D&I Friday Read No. 177

Diversity
Black Panther, the long awaiting Marvel movie featuring a black superhero, hit the theaters last week and it is a great success. The movie has already broken several box-office records and lets us hope that more movie studios will invest in diversity.

Gender Equality
According to Barclays 2017 gender pay gap report, there are huge pay gaps across the group. The report showed that women earn up to 43% less per hour, and even up to 73% less in bonuses. Barclays commented that the gender pay gaps are due to very few women working in senior roles and they have to accelerate the progression of women into these roles.

Sexism
A Spanish PR agency rejected a female applicant via email, saying that they were only looking for males, since they could handle the pace of working with big accounts. The applicant shared a screenshot on social media and customers like Coca-Cola reacted immediately and terminated their contracts with the agency. Read more here.

Inclusion
In the US, an estimated 80% of adults with autism are unemployed – but some companies are making an effort to change this. This very interesting article talks about 3 of those stories and shows how SAP’s and Microsoft’s inclusive approach is a success for the candidates and their employers.

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D&I Friday Read No. 176

Diversity
IBM is currently suing their former chief diversity officer for violating the non-competition agreement, as she accepted a job with Microsoft. This is especially interesting as IBM is arguing, that their diversity strategy and the diversity data are a “trade secret”, a term that is normally used by companies for their secret formulas or processes.

Diversity
The British bank Lloyds just became the first FTSE 100 company who officially set a diversity target for 2020 – for ethnic diversity. The plan is to have 10% non-white staff overall and 8% in senior management. Read more here.

Gender
UN Women just launched a report on gender equality as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (looking across all 17 Sustainable Development Goals). Unfortunately, the report shows that progress is too slow and more drastic actions have to be taken.

Race
As you know, February is Black History Month and the video-sharing website Vimeo is celebrating this with a special selection of movies. “Masterpiece” is one of those videos, a very sweet short film about a group of young men supporting their artist friend.

 

D&I Friday Read No. 175

Gender
Canada’s national anthem is now officially gender neutral after the bill was signed into law this week. The words “in all thy sons command” have now been replaced with “in all of us command”. Frances Wright is one of the women behind the change that Canadians have been fighting for for almost 40 years. Read more here.

Gender
For years, the motorsport league Formula One has been using so called “grid girls” for promotional activities during the races. F1 announced last week that having models is no longer in line with modern day societal norms and that they will be replacing them with children. The news received mixed feedback on social media with some even calling it discrimination against women.

Race
February is Black History Month and the nonprofit group Because of Them We Can released a very sweet video with black children portraying popular CNN anchors, celebrating black excellence.

Inclusion
Gerber, a US based baby food company and part of the Nestle group, selects a “spokesbaby” each year to represent their brand. This years “Gerber baby” Lucas was selected out of 140.000 submissions and is really special, as he has Down syndrome.

 

D&I Friday Read No. 174

Diversity
Last week we spoke about the correlation between a diverse workforce and a company’s financial performance. According to a new study from the North Carolina State University, there is also strong evidence that diverse and inclusive companies are (measurably) more innovative.

Inclusion
Macy’s, one of the biggest department store chains in the US, just announced that they are launching a new fashion line in collaboration with the Islamic fashion brand “Verona Collection”. The fashion line will feature hijabs, abayas and other clothing items and will be available across the US.

Gender
According to a new report from the Indian government, the preference for having male children in India did not only cause a gender gap with “missing” girls, it also led to the birth of 21 million “unwanted” girls. Those girls are often neglected, receive less schooling and poorer nutrition.

Diversity
Its Super Bowl time – and companies are releasing their commercials ahead of the weekend. Coke’s advert “The wonder of us” is all about diversity and features different backgrounds, races, abilities and generations.

 

D&I Friday Read No. 173

Diversity
McKinsey has just published their latest research on diversity and companies financial performance – and, to no surprise, there is a clear correlation between gender/ethnic diversity and profitability.

Diversity
We see some movement in the US tech industry in regard to diversity now – Internet Association, the lobbying group for big tech companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon, has just announced that they are hiring a director of diversity and inclusion. Also, this week, Uber announced that they have hired Bo Young Lee as their first ever Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. Lee is joining from March where she was the global head of diversity and inclusion.

Gender
The clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch introduced a new clothing line for children last week, featuring lots of pink and black and flowers and camo-print – and no gender labels. Offering gender neutral clothing helps brands to become more inclusive and reduces gender stereotyping. Read more here.

Women’s Empowerment
Rosie the Riveter is known to most of us and her picture and the slogan “We can do it” is an icon of empowerment. Very few people know about Naomi Parker Fraley though, the woman who inspired the picture. She died last Saturday at 96 and The New York Times published this very interesting obituary.