Survey reveals the major barriers faced by executives

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  • 01 Mar 2019 12:00 AM
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Most Diversity Executives Say They Lack Power to Push Change

Public commitments and pledges aside, most diversity and inclusion executives say their employers don’t make their work a priority, even as discrimination scandals grow more costly, according to new analysis from executive recruiter Russell Reynolds Associates. A little more than half of the largest U.S. companies still don’t have a top-level executive dedicated to nurturing a diverse workforce. Among professionals in that role, most say their goals aren’t high on the list of company’s priorities, according to a survey released by Russell Reynolds. About two out of three of the current diversity executives were appointed or promoted to their current role within the last three years and about half of them also have other duties within the firm, according to the analysis that surveyed 97 executives. The study also found that only about 35 percent of companies are capturing the demographic data they need to see if diversity initiatives are working.

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