30 November 2020

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging: Creating a Holistic Approach for 2021

Stacia Garr
Co-founder & Principal Analyst
Priyanka Mehrotra
Research Lead


  • The events of 2020 have had a significant impact on everyone, but especially on diverse people
  • Now is the time for organizations to revisit their DEIB approach 
  • Leaders should consider 6 areas when redesigning their DEIB approach 
  • At least 3 trends should also influence organizations’ 2021 DEIB strategy  
  • Special thanks to Cornerstone OnDemand for sponsoring this research! 

2020 was not easy for anyone, but it had an especially significant impact on diverse people. As leaders look to 2021, they have an opportunity to revisit their diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) strategy. Through this research, we wanted to understand: 

  • How have the events of 2020 have affected organizations’ approaches to DEIB? 
  • What steps or actions must leaders take moving ahead? 

In this study, we review the specific areas leaders should focus on when revisiting or developing their DEIB strategy. We also review 3 major trends we believe will impact DEIB next year and which leaders should take into account when crafting their strategy.

Our study is based on a review of more than 50 articles, and interviews with 10 DEIB leaders and 20 HR leaders over the course of September – November 2020. This flipbook explores the fundamental shifts we have noticed this year, guides leaders on how to develop a holistic approach to DEIB and offers insights into some trends for 2021. 

Cover page for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging: Creating a Holistic Approach for 2021; Picture of social justice marches of summer of 2020

Written by

Stacia Garr Redthread Research
Stacia Garr
Co-Founder & Principal Analyst

Stacia is a Co-founder and Principal Analyst for RedThread Research and focuses on employee engagement/experience, leadership, DE&I, people analytics, and HR technology. A frequent speaker and writer, her work has been featured in Fortune, Forbes, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal as well as in numerous HR trade publications. She has been listed as a Top 100 influencer in HR Technology and in D&I. Stacia has an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics.

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