New Study Reveals Significant Gaps in DEIB Initiatives Across Organizations

July 8th, 2024 12:00 PM
By: HRmarketer Editorial's HR Research Institute study finds only 28% of DEIB programs at advanced or expert level, highlighting the need for improved education, training, and metrics in diversity and inclusion efforts.

New Study Reveals Significant Gaps in DEIB Initiatives Across Organizations

A recent study by's HR Research Institute has uncovered substantial gaps in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) initiatives within organizations, with only 28% of DEIB programs reaching an advanced or expert level of maturity. This finding underscores the challenges many companies face in implementing effective diversity and inclusion strategies.

The research, detailed in the report's Future of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging 2024, reveals a stark contrast between organizations with mature DEIB programs and those still in the developmental stages. Companies with more effective DEIB initiatives are found to prioritize education and training, being eight times more likely to have DEIB-focused learning and development programs compared to their counterparts with less effective programs.

Notably, the study found that only about two-fifths (42%) of organizations offer DEIB-related learning and development programs to all employees, while one-fifth reported having no such programs at all. This lack of educational initiatives presents a significant barrier to achieving advanced diversity and inclusion program maturity.

Debbie McGrath, Chief Instigator and CEO of, emphasized the importance of education and training in DEIB efforts, stating, "The findings show that companies struggling with DEIB effectiveness often neglect these aspects. A strong focus on DEIB-related learning and development can bridge these gaps and promote a more inclusive workplace culture."

Another critical area for improvement identified in the study is the measurement of DEIB metrics. While most companies track basic demographics related to diversity, less than half are monitoring more advanced metrics such as pay equity data, employee retention, recruiting outcomes, and diversity within leadership ranks. This lack of comprehensive metrics makes it challenging for organizations to assess and enhance the effectiveness of their DEIB initiatives accurately.

The implications of these findings are significant for HR professionals and business leaders alike. As organizations strive to create more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplaces, the need for comprehensive DEIB strategies becomes increasingly apparent. The study suggests that investing in education, training, and robust metrics can lead to more mature and effective DEIB programs.

For HR professionals, this research highlights the importance of advocating for and implementing comprehensive DEIB initiatives that go beyond surface-level efforts. It underscores the need for ongoing education and training programs that reach all employees, as well as the implementation of advanced metrics to track progress and identify areas for improvement.

Business leaders should take note of the potential competitive advantage that mature DEIB programs can provide. Organizations with advanced DEIB initiatives are likely to attract and retain a more diverse workforce, foster innovation, and create a more inclusive company culture.

The HR industry as a whole can benefit from these insights by developing more targeted solutions and best practices for DEIB implementation. This may include creating more comprehensive training programs, developing advanced metrics tracking tools, and sharing success stories from organizations with mature DEIB initiatives.

As the workforce continues to diversify and societal expectations for equity and inclusion grow, the importance of effective DEIB programs cannot be overstated. This study serves as a wake-up call for organizations to reassess their current DEIB efforts and take concrete steps towards creating truly inclusive workplaces.

HR professionals and business leaders interested in improving their DEIB initiatives can access the full report,'s Future of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging 2024, for more detailed insights and actionable recommendations. Additionally, a recording of the research presentation, Demonstrating the Benefits of Great DEIB Initiatives, is available for on-demand viewing, offering further guidance on elevating DEIB efforts and creating more equitable and inclusive work environments.

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