How Can Diversity Management Measure Religious Inclusion


Photo by Shutterstock

Diversity-Management Question: I am the chairman of a religious group at my company. I am working with key business partners in our headquarters city to move forward with a strategy that involves transformation [to a religiously inclusive workplace]. Will you share your vision as to how religious diversity can be represented/highlighted as a primary metric in an overall diversity assessment of the companies you speak with

A. We’ve assessed best practices for diversity management and religious inclusion for several years, including religious resource groups, which generally follow two modelsall-inclusive of many religionsor a focus on individual religions (American Express, No. 14 in the 2012 DiversityInc Top 50, is the leader in this with Christian, Jewish and Muslim resource groups).

The key to all those resource groups’ successes is that they are inclusive (anyone can join, including people not of that or any faith) and they are educational, with a primary goal of educating employees about the religion and its members. They cannot ever proselytize or promote anything that is exclusive of anyone else (this primarily surfaces with some religious groups arguing against the inclusion of LGBT people). ReadStarting Religious Employee-Resource Groupsfor more.

Outside of the groups, DiversityInc also measures in the DiversityInc Top 50 survey whether companies make religious accommodations for employees (usually in the form of hours and dress but also including prayer rooms) and whether they allow employees time off for religious holidays. The Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding (www.tanenbaum.org) has a lot of information on this and on national trends around the issue.

Latest News

Hilton #3 on Best Places to Work List

Originally posted on Hilton  LinkedIn and Laura Fuentes (EVP & CHRO at Hilton) Today we are honored to be named #3 on the list of #WorldsBestWorkplaces by Fortune and Great Place to Work US. This recognition is an important reminder of the incredible power of our Hilton community, especially in these uniquely challenging times. As I step into…

Students Again Rank Abbott’s College Internship Program No. 1 in Healthcare Industry

Originally published on Abbott.com This summer, we were challenged to deliver a virtual summer internship program for our U.S. college interns that would enrich their professional experience while keeping them and our employees safe. Technology became the primary solution to our training, career development, and leadership interactions. Going beyond conference…

Cox Business and Henderson, Nevada Launch Energy Efficient Smart Lighting Project

Originally published on Cox.com Cox2M IoT Business Line of Cox Communications will Pilot New Lighting Controls The City of Henderson and Cox Communications have successfully deployed the first stage of their smart community collaboration, starting with energy efficient lighting management and controls. Cox2M, the IoT business line of Cox Communications, and the…

Diverse hads unite

More Work Needed For Corporate Diversity Programs; Fourteen Disability Groups Unite to Promote Voting; and More

Corporate diversity efforts still have a long way to go, new report finds. In a report conducted by the research firm Clutch, nearly half of employees surveyed said their company isn’t committed to creating a more diverse workplace and hasn’t successfully improved diversity within the last year. Researchers with Clutch…

San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco Declares War on Racism; People 55 and Older Face Historic Levels of Unemployment; and More.

San Francisco begins a citywide war on racism and discrimination. Known as the birthplace of the “Summer of Love” and the counterculture movement of the 1960s, San Francisco has long stood as a bastion of individuality and inclusion. And now the city is continuing that fight with the launch of…

portrait of Abraham Lincoln

Was Abraham Lincoln a Racist?

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s mention of Abraham Lincoln’s name during the third presidential debate on Thursday, Oct. 22, was one of the most memorable exchanges in the final presidential debate of 2020. It also caused Lincoln to become a trending topic over much of social media in the hours…