It goes without saying that the killing of George Floyd, and the subsequent protests, have laid bare the significant race-based differences prevalent in American society. Unfortunately, despite many leaders’ best efforts, those differences do not stop when people pass through the doors of corporate America.
We all know that diversity and inclusion is important to business outcomes. But, even more, it is critical to our humanity. Seeing and respecting others for everything they bring – and ensuring that everyone feels safe, valued, respected, and like they belong – is a critical part of a human environment, not just a work environment.
Given everything that is happening, there is an even greater need to bring all of our resources to bear on understanding and improving diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging in companies today.
Responses from corporations with statements supporting the protests against racism have been swift and numerous. However, only a small fraction of those turned them into actions by taking tangible steps. Companies such as Goldman Sachs, Lego, and Cisco1, 2 donated millions to charities to help fight racism and inequality, but there is still much that remains to be done to improve levels of diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging within organizations.
Aware of this heightened call to action, we are beginning our 2020 update to our D&I technology research. While we recognize technology is only one part of how leaders can address the underlying challenges within their organizations, it is still an important part.
In particular, technology can help identify patterns that may not have been known previously to exist, determine areas that need to be worked on, heighten awareness at critical decision points, and provide predictive data that can guide better insights for the future.
We invite you to participate in our research if you are one of the three groups:
- Customers of D&I tech vendors. If your company uses D&I technology in any form, we’d love to hear about your experience in our short 5-7 minute poll at danditech.com. Below is a list of companies previously included in our research (any of whom might be one of your vendors) that you can give us feedback on. If your vendor isn’t on there, tell us who they are and give us your feedback – we will track them down to get the other information we need from them.
- D&I tech vendors who participated in our 2019 research. Your company should have already received an email informing you of the detail of our process and inviting you to take our survey. If you haven’t received this email, send us a note at [email protected].
- D&I tech vendors who have not yet participated in our research. If you think you should be included, send us an email at [email protected], explaining your solution and why you think you should be part of the study. We will get back to you as soon as we can.
When we launched our first D&I tech study, it was in the midst of the #MeToo movement. We are at the beginning of another movement that also requires our utmost commitment. Our fervent hope is that our work – when combined with the good work of so many of you – will help move the dial on the inequities we see all around us. Thank you in advance for taking yet another step on this long journey to drive necessary, critical change.
Table of all 2019 D&I Tech Vendors
1 “Lego pulls some advertising for White House and police building sets in wake of George Floyd protests,” Lucy Handley, CNBC, June 04, 2020.
2 “San Jose-based Cisco promises $5M for charities fighting racism, discrimination,” Janice Bitters, San Jose Spotlight, June 2, 2020.