Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in Action

“Companies are more effective and more innovative when they reflect the diverse perspectives of their stakeholders.”

Advancing board governance of diversity, equity, and inclusion

Inclusion, Diversity and Equity in Action (IDEA) is a forum that convenes investors, directors, and boardroom executives from leading global companies to exchange perspectives on the challenges, opportunities, and emerging issues around board governance of DEI. Top corporate leaders have said there are few opportunities to speak candidly with their peers in leading companies about the challenges of making DEI real and measurable. The forum serves as a collaborative foundation for directors and senior executives to activate meaningful change.

In 2023, the IDEA initiative launched a new report developed in partnership with Syndio and Tapestry Networks, "Advancing Workplace Equity from the Boardroom" (AWEB). Representing input from 26 corporate directors and executives representing 40 leading companies, the report highlights the challenges that boards face in advancing workplace equity through measurable outcomes, and identifies pathways for improved governance of equity, and DEI priorities. We followed the report collaborating to host a series of private dinner discussions across the US with non-executive directors, senior executives, investors and stakeholders from leading companies to unpack the key realities and insights that surfaced in the study.

AWEB Dinners

Participating organizations include:

  • AIG
  • Boeing
  • Bristol Myers Squibb
  • CBIZ
  • CDW
  • CIBC
  • Coca-Cola
  • Element Fleet Management
  • Equitable Holdings
  • FirstEnergy
  • Kohl's
  • Kroll
  • LCI Industries
  • Marriott
  • MetLife
  • Moody's Corporation
  • Public Storage
  • Syndio
  • UniWorld Group
  • Warner Brothers
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