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Issue: April 8, 2021
The 2021 Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Benchmarks:
Standards for Organizations Around the World – the GDEIB

Drum roll please...
This newsletter contains 5 major things:
  1. Our global press release
  2. Accolades
  3. Recording and notes from our April 1 & 2 Premiere Launch Event
  4. Logos and thank you to our Premiere sponsors
  5. Updates on additional launch events
“We’ve Learned What Works for today’s tumultuous times.”
How does an organization know if its diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) program will show results in today’s sometimes contentious multicultural climate? How should systemic racism and other issues be addressed? Leveraging 112 experts from organizations of all sizes, types, industries, sectors, and world regions, we have reached agreement on what makes for success. The downloadable Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards for Organizations Around the World (GDEIB), is available at no cost by going to

“It was a great meeting and I am sure many people will benefit from such a great framework – now more than ever.”
“I love this amazing group! Thanks to The Centre for this guide and the important work you’ve done"
“This was inspiring and energizing!!"
“Absolutely wonderful effort to humanity!! GRACIAS!!!"
“Amazing, inspiring, and motivating :)”

“You have created a tool that will generate a collective impact across the world. Thank you for your ongoing dedication to create a better world."
(APRIL 1 & 2)
Click below to watch the recording. We are sending the recording of the second session only as we covered more content in that session. Also we didn’t start recording until about 10 minutes into the call. Apologies for that… the recording doesn’t have the opening remarks by Julie.

Many attendees want to connect with each other. To make connections possible, we are inviting all of you to join our Private GDEIB LinkedIn Group. Follow the 4 steps below. Apologies for all the steps, but this process is LinkedIn’s way of being sure that the group is private:
  1. Create an account in LinkedIn if you do not already have one.
  2. If you and Julie O’Mara are already connected on LinkedIn, go to the link written in green in Step 3. If you and Julie are not already connected personally, then you need to first connect with Julie. Go here to do that: . Then wait until you get a notification from Julie that she has accepted you.  
  3. After Julie accepts you as a connection with her—LinkedIn will notify you; go to: .  Then, Julie will approve you as a member of the Private GDEIB group and once again LinkedIn will notify you that you are approved to join the Group. Only people Julie invites may join this group. 
  4. LinkedIn requires us to have rules for this group and they can be found on the group page under "About this group."
OFFICIAL NAME OF THE GROUP Global DEI Benchmarks Private Group 
GROUP DESCRIPTION Selected GDEIB users, Expert Panellists, and registrants of the GDEIB Launch events have been invited to be members for the purposes of dialogue, discussion, and debate; networking; learning from and helping each other especially as it applies to the GDEIB; and sharing ideas and resources. Members of this group are generally experienced in the work of DEI and are likely to approach the work in many different ways, such as the five approaches discussed in the GDEIB: compliance, competence, dignity, organizational development, and social justice. This private group is non-commercial and non-political. Please refrain from advocating for political candidates because as a US 501c3 that will jeopardize our nonprofit charity status, but it is okay to discuss societal and political issues. You may share resources, books, blogs, posts, webinars, conferences and so forth pertaining to DEI or related topics in an informative manner. Job openings may also be posted.  

TO DOWNLOAD THE FREE GDEIB Guidebook and its Suite of Tools, go here:  You are welcome to download the GDEIB, but in order to share it with others or use it in any way, you need to sign the User Agreement. 

TO SIGN THE USER AGREEMENT, go here: the User Agreement allows you to use the GDEIB.

TO ACCESS THE FREE USER TOOLS, go here: Right now we have a deck of miscellaneous slides that you can select from and download. We also have templates you can use to make your own slides. And we have several handouts and an activity. You are welcome to read them on the site, but to use them in your work, you must sign the User Agreement. More use tools will be added in the future. If you have an idea for a User Tool, please let us know.


TO LEARN ABOUT OUR SPONSORS, go here: . They are also in the GDEIB.

TO LEARN ABOUT OTHER UPCOMING LAUNCH EVENTS AND TO REGISTER, go here: Return frequently as many launch events— including those in Portuguese, French, and Spanish are being planned regularly.


FOR ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT THE GDEIB. First, go to the GDEIB itself as there are several informative sections in it, including 33 Q&A formatted questions and answers.



Below are answers to questions in the chat from both calls:

• We are actively seeking consultants and trainers to fulfill global contracts. 
The Centre for Global Inclusion is not a consulting firm. However, many of our 112 Expert Panellists and two of the authors: Nene Molefi and Alan Richter are available if you contact them directly. Go here for the photos, bios, and contact information of the 2021 GDEIB Expert Panellists. Bios of the coauthors are in the GDEIB Guidebook.

• I would like to see the resource advance a bit to include critical race theory foundational theories.
We see this type of information being outside the scope of what we are able to provide at this time. We know there are many meaningful and important theories and tools that we can all benefit from. Thankfully there are plenty of other groups providing access to that kind of information. Currently our monthly newsletter offers articles from users and Expert Panellists and other colleagues with information to help achieve specific benchmarks. In a few months, The Centre will include Resources on its website that are directly helpful to achieving benchmarks in each of the 15 categories as well as a general listing. Our goal with these listings is quality resources, not quantity. If you would like to contribute resources or contribute to our newsletter, go to our website, navigate to NEWS and scroll to the bottom to see the kind of articles we publish. If you would like to contribute an article, please email us at:

• How do you see accessibility being added in the future? 
The GDEIB includes many benchmarks pertaining to accessibility especially in the categories of strategy, leadership, structure, communications, and marketing. If you are asking about accessibility being in the name of the GDEIB, go to page 12 and see our discussion there. 

• Did the previous versions use the term “business case?” And do you no longer recommend focus on the business case? 
We use the term business case in the GDIB. In the GDEIB we use the term business impact as we felt it was a stronger phrase. We believe it’s important to have a business case / business impact / or rationale for DEI work. The point we were trying to make is that we believe that DEI work in organizations has evolved from an intense or primary focus on the business case almost exclusively to a willingness to focus on equity, justice, and inclusion because they are “the right thing to do for the betterment of society.”

• I would love to hear more about the political and legal challenges to DEI and how to effect changes regardless of these challenges. 
This is an important, complex question that merits a lot of thought and dialogue. Perhaps this would be a great question for our Private LinkedIn group. We suggest you give our Private LinkedIn group about a month to get started and then ask this question. We think it would be a rich discussion.

• How can I do an adult “internship” with one of your brilliant panellists to become even better at this. 
We think this question is better asked individually of the 112 Expert Panellists and we encourage you to go to the website and connect directly with one of the EPs who seems to cover the areas you are interested in learning about. The link to the EPs is above.

• I am looking for a facilitator for the US entity of a German company. 
We think this would be a good question to ask in our Private LinkedIn group. We do want to keep the Private Group non-commercial but we think this kind of question would be okay. See the ground rules for the group when you sign up for it. You can also look through the bios of the 112 Expert Panellists on our website.

• Do you have stats on the use per sector in South Africa? 
No. Maybe we will be able to provide this in the future.

• I would love to volunteer to translate into Spanish. I am a professional writer, journalist in Chile. Thank you.  The Spanish translation is almost done. One of our Expert Panellists is translating it and then we have 3 others who are serving as reviewers. Then the next step is production and that is why it will take us until about June to launch of the Spanish edition. We have you on a list of interest for this edition. Contact us again if you have another idea of getting involved in this edition.

• Are you able to share the customized higher education edition? 
(There were several questions about the higher ed version.) The current – but not updated – higher ed edition is on our website under DOWNLOADS >>> SPECIAL EDITIONS. At this point are not sure if we will update the higher education edition to include the research we did for the GDEIB. That is still under consideration. Let us know if you are interested.

• Interest in evolving the LinkedIn page of The Centre for Global Inclusion so that it is TWO-WAY. 
The Centre has a general public LinkedIn Page where we post information and others like and repost. We have similar Twitter and Facebook accounts as well. In addition we also have a Private LinkedIn group. See above for how to join that group with is specifically for dialogue, discussion, and debate. It is more that two-way in that it enables all members of the group to be in dialogue.

• I assume you had a number of difficulties in selling the concept and programme. What were the biggest challenges for buy-in? 
The GDEIB is not a quick fix. Many organizations are not yet ready to take on a change effort that addresses systemic issues. Convincing an organization to look deeply at DEI issues that are often present in organizational work, is very challenging. Please note that the GDEIB is available to all and consulting assistance is not required so we many not know of difficulties other users may have.

• I am interested in getting involved… 
We have recorded your names and interests and we will get back to you. But give us a month or so. You can volunteer by writing to

• Where does “justice” fit into this framework? 
Go to GDEIB page 12 & 13 and you will see that one of the approaches is social justice. And generally we equate justice with equity.

• Are you integrating more about White Fragility, Black Fragility, Black Fatigue, White Amnesia or Critical Race Theory into your materials? 
The concepts/theories underpin much of the thinking behind the benchmarks, which are stated as outcomes to be achieved. There are many, many concepts that are and have been included since we published the first edition in 2006. Some of our Expert Panelists are originators of these concepts/theories and some are mentioned in the Benchmarks. We use our newsletters to share more information about concepts/theories as well as approaches and activities to achieve the concepts. Many of our EPs are very knowledgeable about, and have done empirical research that is embedded in their decisions about varies levels of benchmarks.

• Are the organizational assessments and additional resources updated with Equity as well? The GDEIB is the only organizational assessment we provide. We have updated some of the Suite of Tools and they are on the website. One user tool—The Assessment Checklist—is almost updated and that can be requested when the User Agreement is signed.

• Do you think about a peer consulting group to share best practices and challenges while working with the GDEIB? 
We think that the Private LinkedIn group can be used for this purpose.

• There was reference in the presentation where GDEIB could help drive innovation – how do you see this happening? 
 Broadly speaking DEI helps drive innovation. There is plenty of research about this available on the Internet. The GDEIB is a vehicle for communicating and some benchmarks do tie DEI directly with innovation.

• How can we ensure we address both the perpetual inequity and the inequality in cultural groups within society? 
This is a complex question to answer here and we suggest you pose it as a question on the Private LinkedIn group.

• Have there been users that use this as a 'survey' across their organization and then do cuts by department or gender and others to see if that can serve as a diagnostic by itself? Or is it better used by a small group of decision makers? 
Yes. We think that GDEIB can be used either way. However, we do have a bias to including many people in an organization in assessment in a DEI assessment. See the Assessment checklist for a recommended 7-step process in using the GDEIB.

• To clarify, at this point, there's not yet a digital database of the benchmarks per se? For example, one couldn't look up how one's organization compares with others, based on benchmark data? 
That’s correct. We will explore this possibility as we look at digitization, but it will be a while before we launch a digital GDEIB and have significant quantity of data to have meaningful comparisons.

• Is there a new assessment checklist? 
We are still working on a 2021 GDEIB. Give us a few weeks and then request it.

• We compiled these word clouds from this question asked of participants:

What do you love most about the GDEIB?
If you have not used it, what excites you about it?
Responses recorded from call #1
Responses recorded from call #2
Wait a few seconds for each level of sponsor to display.
As you know we are excited to launch the 2021 Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Benchmarks around the world. Because of Covid-19, each launch event will be a webinar. Five years ago when we launched the 2017 GDEIB we held parties and learning session all around the world – with sponsors, food and drink and lots of festivities and the happiness of having so many talented DEI practitioners come together to learn and collaborate. We’ll create that same feeling of fun and collaboration coupled with “we’ve learned what works” at these launch events. Come to one or all. Everyone welcome but attendance may be limited due to platform capacity, so register as early as possible. We will keep our website updated with registration links. Go to and navigate to Launch Events for more information.
You may attend any and all events. Some listed below are just in the idea or early planning stage, but we thought you might like to know about them. 

Attendees need to furnish your own food and drink!!!!

And – if you would like to host a launch event for the free 2021 GDEIB, please let Julie O’Mara know – 

April 20: At the Minnesota SIETAR meeting. EP Joel Brown will facilitate this session. Date TBD: 

May 4: Hosted by d&i Leaders, EP, The Centre Board member and GDEIB sponsor Charlotte Sweeney, and EP Gamiel Yafai in the UK.

May 5: Coordinated by EP Riikka Salonen, this Launch event is part of the NW Equity Summit. 

These Expert Panelist featured as small group facilitators:

Go here to see other Launch events being planned.
Please pass this newsletter along to anyone you think might be of interest.
Thank you!