So what does a purpose-driven organization look like?
Leaders are starting to reevaluate their efforts to make real changes and meet employee expectations when it comes to inclusion and diversity (I&D) efforts. Companies like FORTUNE and Refinitiv announced a new partnership to make corporate diversity disclosure “the new standard of doing business” by including self-reported diversity and inclusion data in company rankings. This is a great step toward transparency and accountability in the I&D space, but there is still much to be done.
Alight is on this journey too and we know it will be a continual and intentional process. Last summer we took immediate actions following the killing of George Floyd and the ensuing protests. We started by pouring resources into strategies that would open the door to conversations and serve as a starting point for change, like holding listening sessions and offering more training and development opportunities to put diversity at the center of what we do every day. My becoming Alight’s global I&D leader was also an important step in creating the right infrastructure around and making more investments into I&D within our organization.
We’re continuing on this path and have committed to ramp up efforts even more, including becoming a recent addition to the Gender and Diversity KPI Alliance (GDKA). As part of this alliance, we’re holding ourselves accountable and will track our I&D efforts against measurable KPIs. This is great progress, but we recognize that our efforts can’t and won’t stop there.
Today’s employees won’t be placated by lip service; employers must effectively state — and more importantly, actually match their actions to their words — to differentiate themselves in the talent market and realize a correlating impact on the overall employee experience. Finding ways to proactively communicate, open the conversation and embed diversity, equity and inclusion into their culture and talent planning is a solid place to start.
It’s time for leaders to take a stand and make the commitment to change for the better, and for good.