The Inclusion Studio contributes to both the business and the purpose case about inclusion and diversity in the workplace. Working on this theme is important and beneficial for everyone and everything.

Research shows that working on inclusion and diversity helps in:

  • retention
  • reducing absenteeism
  • improving an innovative climate
  • broadening your target audience

As it turns out, there is a substantial difference in business performance between the most and least ethnic and gender diverse organizations.

The most diverse companies are now more likely than ever to outperform non-diverse companies on profitability.

Analysis finds that companies in the top quartile of gender diversity on executive teams were 25% more likely to experience above-average profitability than peer companies in the fourth quartile.

Overall business perfomance 


With 30% women in management

Financial performance 


With ethnic and culturally diverse organisations

Financial performance 


With gender diverse organisations
Inclusive and diverse companies:
Are more innovative, creative and solve problems better because different people bring different views to the table 0
Have a more dynamic corporate culture, due to more cultural differences in the workplace 0
Have more loyal employees and a better reputation in the outside world 0
Inclusion and diversity in the workplace
Why it matters and why it works

The research has been done, the business case for diversity and inclusion is clear. Here are some of our favorite resources pleading the case.

McKinsey & Company Diversity wins: How inclusion matters

McKinsey & Company Diversity wins: How inclusion matters

The third report in a McKinsey series investigating the business case for diversity. It shows not only that the business case remains robust but also that the relationship between diversity on executive teams and the likelihood of financial outperformance has strengthened over time.

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The diversity and inclusion revolution: Eight powerful truths Deloitte Review

Deloitte Review - The diversity and inclusion revolution: Eight powerful truths

Deloitte presents eight powerful truths about diversity and inclusion, based on research among approximately 50 organizations around the world, representing a footprint of more than 1 million employees.

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A Call to Action Building a Culture That Works for All of Us

New York Times - A Call to Action: Building a Culture That Works for All of Us

A bold plan for building a more diverse, equitable and inclusive New York Times — one that reflects their unchanging mission, their growing business ambitions and their aspirations for the kind of company we intend to be.

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The urgency of intersectionality | Kimberlé Crenshaw

The danger of a single story | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

How diversity makes teams more innovative | Rocío Lorenzo

The elusive inclusive workplace

McKinsey & Company The elusive inclusive workplace

In this episode of McKinsey Talks Talent, McKinsey leaders and talent experts Bryan Hancock and Bill Schaninger speak with McKinsey Global Publishing’s Lucia Rahilly about the urgent need to increase inclusiveness at work, including how your talent practices could be helping—or hindering—your efforts.

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Women in the Workplace 2021

McKinsey & Company - Women in the Workplace 2021

Women in the Workplace is the largest study of women in corporate America. Conducted by McKinsey in partnership with LeanIn.Org, this study analyzes the representation of women in corporate America, provides an overview of HR policies and programs, and explores the intersectional experiences of different groups of women at work.

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A New LGBTQ Workforce Has Arrived—Inclusive Cultures Must Follow

Boston Consulting Group - A New LGBTQ Workforce Has Arrived—Inclusive Cultures Must Follow

The goal is this study was to understand the experiences of today’s LGBTQ workforce and how companies can create more inclusive workplaces. The results show that despite significant investment and decades of hard work, organizations still need to do more.

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The tyranny of merit | Michael Sandel

The myth of bringing your full, authentic self to work | Jodi-Ann Burey

How to get serious about diversity and inclusion in the workplace | Janet Stovall

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 – Maya Angelou