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Why is Workforce Diversity Key to Sustainable Business Performance?

In an effort to support more sustainable practices in business,  organizations are examining the value of diversity in the workforce.  Besides regulatory compliance, what benefits make having a ‘diverse  workforce’ good for business?


Some key outcomes of maintaining a diverse workforce (i.e. age,  gender, ethnicity, religion, skill set) include the ability to:

• Enable innovation and creative thinking by bringing together fresh  ideas voiced from differing points of view

• Improve your capacity to understand and serve your different  customers, partners and shareholders by representing their diversity in  house

• Better support market expansion by region, culture and demographic

• Encourage talent acquisition and retention

• Foster organizational adaptability by maintaining a well-rounded  pool of varied skills


SAP, the highest-ranked software company in the 2009 Dow Jones  Sustainability Index for two years running, has an  interesting perspective on the business value of diversity in the  workforce. 


To learn more about how a diverse workforce can help you achieve  sustainable business performance, I encourage you to visit SAP’s Sustainability Map (and check out the Sustainable Workforce / Diversity field).

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