Fighting Inequality: Which Companies are Diversity Leaders? (SDG 10)

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The Global Challenge
Inequality within countries rose by 11% in developing countries between 1990 and 2010. Economic growth is not enough to reduce poverty and inequality; growth must be inclusive of all segments of society, and involve the three dimensions of sustainable development. In turn, inequality can harm growth, as well as the quality of political and public life.
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Fighting inequality can unlock new markets, attract new business, lead to innovation of new products or services, increase employee morale and productivity, and manage risk in communities. The UN Global Compact suggests these steps for business:

  • Create decent jobs, goods and services that help meet basic needs, and more inclusive value chains.
  • Make strategic social investments and promote public policies that support social sustainability.
  • Partner with other businesses, pooling strengths to make a greater positive impact.
McKinsey research has found that diversity is recognized as a core driver of business growth and innovation, leading to higher earnings and greater shareholder value. Hewlett Packard is among the companies who have observed that “engaging diverse suppliers supports the economic strength of local communities while enhancing innovation and competitive advantage in our supply chain.” To this end it seeks suppliers who are: small businesses; located in underutilized commercial and industrial zones; aboriginal/indigenous-owned businesses; service-disabled veteran owned businesses; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender owned businesses.
Make a Difference with Action on Goal 10
Identify Inequality Challenges in your Supply Chain
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Inequality-Adjusted Human Development Index

Find out how each country in your supply chain ranks in the Inequality-Adjusted Human Development Index (IHDI) from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), which considers health, education and income levels in the context of their distribution among the country’s population.

GINI Index

For more on income distribution in each country, see the World Bank’s GINI index. Learn more about income inequality across the world and throughout history, from Our World in Data.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Anti-Discrimination Database

This database points to international regional and national measures to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. Learn more.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) details income inequality within countries as of 2012. It also compares countries by “discriminatory family code,” discrimination against women, and other indicators.
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Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index
The new Bloomberg Financial Services Gender-Equality Index finds that the average number of women serving on the boards of the 26 companies has almost doubled over the past three years. Pax World Management’s CEO observes that “Companies are moving forward without waiting for the government to act.” Learn more.
Learn from Leaders Taking Action on SDG 10
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Novartis, AT&T, Sodexo

These three companies are among the 2016 Top 50 Companies for Diversity, compiled by DiversityInc, which assesses performance in workforce breakdown and recruitment, equitable talent development, CEO and leadership commitment, and supplier diversity. Learn more.

Hewlett Packard
HP was the first IT company to require direct employment of foreign migrant workers in its supply chain, through the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Supply Chain Foreign Migrant Worker Standard. The Standard also reinforces the rights of workers to retain their passports and personal documentation, and prohibits worker-paid recruitment fees. HP is now focusing on ensuring the protections are upheld, through forced labor assessments and regular monitoring.
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HSBC Holdings Plc, BNP Paribas SA, Old
Mutual Plc, Hartford Financial Services Group,
Deutsche Bank AG

These are the companies listed as having the largest percentages of women serving on their boards, among the members of the Bloomberg Financial Services Gender-Equality Index. Learn more.

Nike provides an interactive map showing the percentage of migrant workers and female workers in each factory in is supply chain. The release of information about its contract factories in 2005 made Nike the first company in its industry to disclose factory names and addresses, and the more recently available interactive map is a further step toward transparency, which also enables organizations to seek support for migrant workers. Learn more.
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Walt Disney Company

The Walt Disney Company is recognized for its leadership in creating an inclusive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees, receiving the Trevor Award for 2015. Disney notes that it has earned a perfect score for ten years on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index, for LGBT community outreach and engagement, employee resource groups and programs, training for managers and parity for all employees.

The company has made working with minority and female-owned suppliers as part of its business strategy. To achieve this, it allocates resources to support procurement decisions, and trains employees to actively cultivate relationships with diverse businesses. Learn more. Other companies known for their focus on supplier diversity include Bristol Meyers Squibb.
Amplify your Impact: Collaborate with NGOs
and Other Companies
Partnering with NGOs focusing on reducing inequalities can help leverage the experiences, knowledge, best practices and network of these global organizations to amplify your efforts.
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Dandelion – Specialisterne
A Danish NGO called Specialisterne leads the Dandelion program with support from HP Enterprise, to bring autistic people into competitive jobs, and is “revolutionizing employment diversity.” HPE notes that “People on the autism spectrum often have excellent skills that lend themselves very naturally to jobs that require focus—including their attention to detail, and their ability to think differently and recognize patterns,” such as positions in testing, analytics, IT operations and cyber security positions. Learn more.

Catalyst supports diversity in the workplace, in Asia, North America, Israel and South Africa.

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre
The Business and Human Rights Resource Centre has created the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB), the first-ever ranking of the world’s largest publicly listed companies on their human rights performance. The final scores from the pilot benchmark process will be available in November 2016, and provide rankings for the top 100 companies in the agricultural products, apparel, and extractive industries.
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GSC Webinar Featuring CDP Supply Chains Program Report
Wednesday, June 8th, 12:00 pm ET
This joint webinar with CDP will highlight how global companies are: Integrating CDP data into their procurement processes; Using CDP data to set targets for GHG emissions and water conservation; and Collaborating with suppliers on climate change initiatives that drive carbon and cost savings. Register Here.
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2015 Employee Engagement Nominee: TenSquared
TenSquared is a program in partnership with Social Accountability International (SAI), which gives workers and managers a unique and powerful experience of working together, as equals, to improve performance on a concrete indicator of workplace safety and health. While achieving results, the process also transforms the perspectives that workers and managers have of each other, and creates lasting relationships of trust and respect.
3S Contact Form 3S Awards 2016
Are you a supplier building equality your community? Do you know of others working to address inequality challenges in their supply chains?
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