Data reveals more than 75% would not consider working for a company that fails to commit significant resources to prioritizing DEI initiatives
Submitted by Benevity
CALGARY, Alberta, April 13, 2023 /CSRwire/ - Benevity Inc., the leading provider of global corporate purpose software, today released The State of Workplace DEI, which revealed just how high of a priority diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) remains for employees, despite the current economic outlook, and how DEI plays a critical role in attracting and retaining talent.
Recent inflation and unsettling economic realities have weighed on DEI professionals and business leaders alike, with some companies deprioritizing DEI initiatives or cutting DEI roles and budgets. Yet Benevity's report revealed that nearly two-thirds (62%) of employees believe their companies should dedicate more effort than usual to DEI over the next 12 months given this period of economic uncertainty. The possible consequence of a company not doing so could result in losing a competitive edge in the talent market, the report found.
With all factors including salary and benefits being the same or similar, almost all respondents surveyed (95%) said they weigh a prospective employer’s DEI efforts when choosing between job offers. Over 75% maintain they would not consider working for a company that fails to commit significant resources to prioritizing DEI initiatives.
To further understand employee sentiment toward DEI initiatives, Benevity surveyed an audience of 1,000 full-time U.S. employees, which was reflective of U.S. census data at the time of fielding, January 25 through February 2, 2023. Other key findings from the study include:
“In 2020, the global pandemic and racial justice movement motivated many businesses to invest in their DEI initiatives. Now, we’re seeing employees expecting companies to commit even more time, energy and resources to this effort,” said Sona Khosla, Benevity’s Chief Impact Officer. “Even amid the current economic backdrop, business leaders should continue to prioritize this work as it helps create a sense of community, contributes to employee well-being, combats attrition and builds trust with employees and customers.”
To learn more about how companies can create greater impact and employee engagement through their DEI investments, read The State of Workplace DEI here.
Learn more about Benevity Impact Labs’ research and data here.
Benevity, a certified B Corporation, is the leader in global corporate purpose software, providing the only integrated suite of community investment and employee, customer and nonprofit engagement solutions. Recognized as one of Fortune’s Impact 20, Benevity offers cloud solutions that power purpose for many iconic brands in ways that better attract, retain and engage today’s diverse workforce, embed social action into their customer experiences and positively impact their communities. With software that is available in 22 languages, Benevity has processed more than $12 billion in donations and 56 million hours of volunteering time to support 418,000 nonprofits worldwide. The company’s solutions have also facilitated 900,000 micro-actions and awarded 1.2 million grants worth $18 billion. For more information, visit benevity.com.
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