Diversity and Inclusion

The business case for gender equality, diversity, and inclusion is strong and growing stronger. This collection examines the barriers that prevent companies from addressing gender and racial equality and identifies solutions for building a stronger, more inclusive workforce.
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Women in the Workplace 2020

– In a year marked by crisis and uncertainty, corporate America is at a crossroads. The choices companies make today will have consequences on gender equality for decades to come.

$12tn

in additional GDP

if gender gap is narrowed by 2025

$2bn

in potential revenue

if financial inclusion efforts broaden services for black Americans

160m

women

may need to change jobs through 2030 due to automation

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Problems amid progress: Improving lives and livelihoods for ethnic minorities in the United Kingdom

– Britain has made progress on advancing ethnic equality. But minorities are still disadvantaged in many ways, and some groups are... particularly vulnerable to economic shocks.
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Racial equity in financial services

– The financial services talent pipeline shows a lack of representation of people of color, most acutely at senior levels. Changes... in three key areas can help companies make progress.
Podcast

How companies can make meaningful progress for LGBTQ+ employees

– Despite visible signs of progress, workplace challenges persist for members of the LGBTQ+ community. Here’s what companies can... do to help their LGBTQ+ employees bring their authentic selves to work.

The business case for diversity

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Diversity wins: How inclusion matters

– The business case for inclusion and diversity (I&D) is stronger than ever. Taking a closer look at diversity winners reveals what can drive real progress.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Diversity still matters

– Inclusion and diversity are at risk in the crisis—but are critical for business recovery, resilience, and reimagination.

Interactive: Diversity wins

– While companies have been slow to make significant progress, a close look at “diversity winners” shows that a systematic business-led approach and bold, concerted action on inclusion are needed to make progress.
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Delivering through diversity

– Our latest research reinforces the link between diversity and company financial performance—and suggests how organizations can craft better inclusion strategies for a competitive edge.
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Why diversity matters

– New research makes it increasingly clear that companies with more diverse workforces perform better financially.
Commentary - McKinsey Quarterly

One is the loneliest number

– Put an end to the costly workplace isolation experienced by many women by clustering them on teams and improving the promotion process.

A culture of inclusion

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The economic impact of closing the racial wealth gap

– The persistent racial wealth gap in the United States is a burden on Black Americans as well as the overall economy. New research quantifies the impact of closing the gap and identifies key sources of this socioeconomic inequity.
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US Hispanic and Latino lives and livelihoods in the recovery from COVID-19

– Hispanics and Latinos are key to the US recovery but have been damaged disproportionately by the pandemic. Targeted interventions... are required to improve their health and economic outcomes.
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COVID-19 and advancing Asian American recovery

– Asian American communities have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Stakeholders in the public, private, and social... sectors can help spur their recovery and promote greater equity.
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Sustaining and strengthening inclusion in our new remote environment

– Thoughtful action now can help teams build new habits, strengthen connections, and encourage the growth of inclusive cultures... that will better realize the full potential of all employees.
Interactive - McKinsey Quarterly

Five Fifty: The color of wealth

– The wealth gap between black and white Americans is a primary force in racial inequality and social injustice. Here’s how to address... it.
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COVID-19 and student learning in the United States: The hurt could last a lifetime

– New evidence shows that the shutdowns caused by COVID-19 could exacerbate existing achievement gaps.
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COVID-19’s effect on minority-owned small businesses in the United States

– Already vulnerable, minority-owned small businesses brace for disproportionate impact. Here’s how to help.
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COVID-19: Investing in black lives and livelihoods

– The unfolding public-health and possible economic disaster of the pandemic will disproportionately affect black Americans—unless... stakeholders respond immediately.
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The case for accelerating financial inclusion in black communities

– A lack of financial inclusion for black Americans exists at every level of the financial system. Understanding the sources of... exclusion is the first step to fixing the system.
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The future of work in black America

– Research shows that automation trends may be widening the racial wealth gap. This article reveals possible interventions that... may help African American workers prepare for the future.

The LGBTQ+ Experience

Article - McKinsey Quarterly

LGBTQ+ voices: Learning from lived experiences

– New research reveals the challenges that LGBTQ+ employees face, and six ways to help them bring their authentic selves to work.
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How the LGBTQ+ community fares in the workplace

– Despite visible corporate support, today’s workplace is falling short of full inclusion. Here’s what companies need to know.

How we are delivering through diversity

We have a deep and long-standing commitment to advancing gender parity, diversity, and inclusion in business, in society and within our firm.

Solutions at work

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Understanding organizational barriers to a more inclusive workplace

– Survey results show that many employees do not feel fully included at work and want their organizations to do more to advance inclusion and diversity. To do so, companies can address four factors.
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Diverse employees are struggling the most during COVID-19—here’s how companies can respond

– New global research shows that despite companies’ recent efforts, diverse employees need more. Businesses should ask themselves... new questions for a changed workplace.
Commentary - McKinsey Quarterly

Confronting the early-career gender gap

– To achieve workforce parity, businesses should apply the same practices they are using against the glass ceiling.
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Taking the lead for inclusion

– For pioneering organizations, inclusiveness is fundamental to enhancing gender parity and overall diversity, and results in financial... and organizational performance. Overall, employees with a low perception of inclusiveness in their organization state that they have already given up on career opportunities due to their environment—and this is particularly true for women. So, how can companies build and promote inclusiveness? What are the mechanisms in play to increase diversity at the top?
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How dual-career couples find fulfillment at work

– When both you and your partner have demanding jobs, it’s challenging to strike the right work–life balance. Can companies... help dual-career couples juggle it all?

Featured podcasts

Podcast - McKinsey Global Institute

A happy warrior: Mellody Hobson on mentorship, diversity, and feedback

– The co-CEO of Ariel Investments shares honest thoughts about pushing for diversity in corporate America and reflects on her path... to success.
Podcast - McKinsey Global Institute

What you need to know about women at work

– Around the world, women are paid at lower rates and wages than men and are less likely to be promoted. They also tend to work... in different sectors. The implications are everyone’s business.
Podcast

The diversity opportunity for new CEOs

– New McKinsey research has uncovered a fascinating correlation between gender diversity and corporate performance.

From The McKinsey Global Institute

Article - McKinsey Global Institute

Ten things to know about gender equality

– Since 2015, progress toward gender equality has been marginal, and now COVID-19 has hit women hard. We take stock.
Article - McKinsey Global Institute

COVID-19 and gender equality: Countering the regressive effects

– What is good for gender equality is good for the economy and society as well. The COVID-19 pandemic puts that truth into stark... relief and raises critically important choices.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in Canada

– Canada, a global leader on gender equality, has seen progress stall over the past 20 years. Further tapping into women’s... potential could reenergize Canada’s economy and its businesses.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

Realizing gender equality’s $12 trillion economic opportunity

– Investing in access to essential services and reducing the gap in labor-force participation rates could significantly expand the... global economy by 2025.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in Asia Pacific

– Advancing women’s equality in the countries of Asia Pacific could add $4.5 trillion to their collective annual GDP in 2025,... a 12 percent increase over the business-as-usual trajectory.

Industry Perspectives

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Shattering the glass screen

– Research suggests women remain locked out of top roles in media and entertainment. A more diverse cast is required.
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How women can help fill the oil and gas industry’s talent gap

– New research identifies why women fail to advance—and suggests what the industry can do about it.
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Women as the next wave of growth in US wealth management

– An unprecedented amount of assets will shift into the hands of US women over the next three to five years, representing a $30... trillion opportunity by the end of the decade.
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Women in the healthcare industry

– To see how the healthcare sector stacks up on gender equality, we look at employee experiences, policies, and the effectiveness... of industry programs intended to promote diversity and inclusion.
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Closing the gap: Leadership perspectives on promoting women in financial services

– Men still make up most of the management ranks at banks and insurers. New survey data and interviews with female executives point... the way to improving gender diversity.
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Accelerating gender parity: What can governments do?

– Given slow progress toward gender equality in the workplace, governments, along with private-sector organizations, must focus... their efforts on specific impact zones.

Women Matter

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Women Matter: Ten years of insights on gender diversity

– A decade into our research, we highlight key findings—and invite 16 global leaders to look at how to increase gender diversity in corporations and imagine the inclusive company of the future.

Knowledge Collaborations

Closing the tech gender gap through philanthropy and corporate social responsibility

The US tech sector isn’t doing enough to build pathways into tech for women—particularly women of color. What is behind... this gender gap, and what can tech companies do about it?

Dual careers in Germany: building success, together

Dual careers are not yet a matter of course in Germany. Women in particular often end up with the short end of the stick –... they are usually the ones to pass up career opportunities in order to support their male partner's career development, especially if the couple has children. However, dual career situations in which both partners pursue their professional paths offer many advantages