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Diversity in the workplace

What can you do to create a diverse workforce? Our collection of best practice guides will show you how to promote and protect diversity.

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Board diversity

Considerations and guidance for corporate governance professionals on boardroom diversity.

Library & Information Service

Subject guides

The ICAEW Library & Information Service maintains specialised subject guides on law, corporate governance and human resource management. The following pages contain links to guidance, useful Library material and relevant legal cases.

Articles and books

To find out how you can borrow books from the Library please see our guide to book loans.

You can obtain copies of articles or extracts of books and reports by post, fax or email through our document supply service.

Reports and surveys

Race in the workplace: The McGregor-Smith Review (GOV.UK)
Independent review by considering the issues affecting BAME groups in the workplace. Published 2017.

Women in the boardroom: a global perspective (Deloitte)
Survey looking at boardroom diversity in nearly 6000 companies from 40 different countries.

Women on boards (GOV.UK)
Collection of documents relating to women on boards, including the Lord Davies review of 2011 and subsequent reports on progress.

Sex and power (EHRC)
Survey of women in positions of power and influence. Published by the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission in 2011.

Gender diversity in the boardroom (CIPD)
Survey of the presence of women on boards with recommendations for addressing gender imbalance.

Increasing gender diversity to boost performance (ACCA)
Briefing for finance and HR leaders on increasing value through gender diversity. Published 2015.

Global diversity and inclusion: Perceptions, practices and attitude (EIU) 
Results of a 2008 study by the Economist Intelligence Unit on behalf of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The study is based on interviews with more than 500 senior executives and aims to 'provide a deeper understanding of diversity and inclusion issues on a global scale, and to offer insights into diversity and inclusion best practices worldwide.' It also looks at the diversity readiness of 47 countries by compiling a Global Diversity Readiness Index.