Diversity Councils: Who Should Set Meeting Agendas?

How involved should your chief diversity officer be with your diversity council? Four companies weigh in.

When it comes to diversity councils, DiversityInc research shows that the majority of companies give their chief diversity officers some control over the reins at meetings. Thirteen out of 15 companies with exemplary diversity councils report that their chief diversity officer is a standing member of the council, and in all cases, the CDO presents to the council, along with members of the diversity staff.

In Role of Chief Diversity Officer With Diversity Council, diversity leaders from five of The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for DiversityAetna (No. 19), AT&T (No. 4), Automatic Data Processing (No. 38), Cox Communications (No. 20) and Sodexo (No. 2)—discuss their roles and responsibilities with their organizations' diversity councils.

Readers will learn:

  • How often these diversity councils meet to discuss goals and progress
  • Which companies have multiple councils to better focus on strategy versus implementation initiatives
  • Which metrics rank the highest on companies' scorecards and are discussed at meetings
  • How companies bring in external support to help devise action plans

Read Role of Chief Diversity Officer With Diversity Council on BestPractices.DiversityInc.com.

For more on diversity-council best practices, read Why Diversity Councils Move the Needle for Business Results and Effective Diversity Councils: A DiversityInc Roundtable.

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