Report: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Lighthouses 2023 | World Economic Forum

Leadership & Culture

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) continue to be a top priority for many organizations. As pointed out in my one-page summary on 2023 talent priorities according to seven sources, DEI was identified as a key focus across many of these sources. As organizations pivot from DEI as a priority to implementing practices that yield the most significant, scalable, quantifiable, and sustained impact, this newly published 61-page report provides ideas. The report identifies five success factors common across DEI efforts. While there are too many insights to cover here, the five success factors—illustrated on page 11 — are (1) a nuanced understanding of the root causes of why DEI isn’t advancing; (2) a meaningful definition of success; (3) accountable and invested business leaders; (4) a solution designed for its specific context; and (5) rigorous tracking and course correction. Given there is no one size fits all solution for advancing DEI, the report provides many examples of how different organizations are advancing DEI. To supplement this report, here are two previously shared reports on DEI 1) a 50-page report by the Center for Employment Equity that provides DEI research-based strategies and 2) a 62-page report by the Wharton School of Business that examines the relationship between seven categories of DEI practices and twelve workplace outcomes (e.g., burnout).