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Inclusivity as an Asset: Why Every Business Can’t Afford to Ignore Diversity

by: Esti Widiastuti for KSA Partnership

In the fiercely competitive global market, the pursuit of diversity and inclusivity isn't just a progressive stance– it's a strategic imperative. A vibrant mix of diverse talents fosters innovation and enhances productivity. This article asserts why your business must leverage the transformative power of diversity.

Inclusivity and diversity remain pertinent topics in the professional landscape globally. Despite evident progress, disparities persist that require our ongoing attention and action. For example, women's representation in tech industries remains limited. A report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in 2020 showed that women constitute only 20% of the technology sector workforce in Southeast Asia. This lack of diversity isn't confined to specific industries or roles. The underrepresentation of various minority groups can be observed across diverse sectors. A 2021 report by the ASEAN Post showed that in graphic design and other creative professions, minority ethnic groups are significantly underrepresented.

These instances underline the persistent need for discussions on inclusivity and diversity in the professional sector. We've made strides, but the journey toward achieving equitable representation across all demographics and sectors is far from over.

Inclusivity as an Asset: Why Every Business Can’t Afford to Ignore Diversity

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The Strategic Advantage of Inclusivity and Diversity

Diversity is a potent catalyst for innovation and performance results. Here are some specific examples:

- A 2018 Boston Consulting Group study found that diverse companies produce 19% more revenue due to innovation.

- A study by McKinsey & Company found that companies in the top quartile for racial and ethnic diversity are 35% more likely to have financial returns above their respective national industry medians.

- A study by the Harvard Business Review found that companies with more women in leadership positions are more likely to have higher innovation rates.

- A Society for Human Resource Management study found that companies with inclusive cultures are more likely to have lower turnover rates.

By integrating different perspectives, businesses can foster creativity, unlock fresh insights, and gain a competitive edge that drives growth.

The pursuit of diversity and inclusivity is not without challenges. As businesses embark on this diversity journey, expect to encounter unconscious bias, resistance to change, and communication hurdles. By understanding these hurdles, organizations can shape effective diversity initiatives, focusing on bias training, improved communication, and change management, transforming potential roadblocks into stepping stones for success. It's essential to anticipate these challenges and devise strategies to create an inclusive


These challenges are not deterrents but opportunities for growth. Through initiatives like bias training and improved communication protocols, businesses can transform these potential obstacles into powerful catalysts for a more inclusive, understanding, and effective work environment.

Responsibility for Inclusivity and Diversity

Promoting diversity is a shared responsibility. However, leaders have a pivotal role in shaping an inclusive culture. Alongside them, HR professionals and all employees must contribute to fostering a workspace that celebrates diversity and champions inclusivity.

Leaders can demonstrate commitment to inclusivity by promoting transparent hiring practices, facilitating diversity training, and leading open discussions about diversity. Recognizing diversity-related achievements and fostering a culture that values individual differences can go a long way in promoting inclusivity.

In the light of compelling evidence, the strategic importance of inclusivity and diversity is undeniable. Leaders must seize this opportunity to harness diversity as a potent driver of innovation, productivity, and growth.

Now is the time for action. Evaluate your diversity strategy, invest in inclusivity training, or partner with a reputable recruitment firm to ensure fair hiring practices. Capitalize on the undeniable assets of diversity and

inclusivity – it's an investment that your business cannot afford to overlook.

Contact us today to take the first step toward achieving your business objectives!

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