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Business Case for Inclusion


Brookings Institution Metro Monitor

Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program; February 2018

The annual Metro Monitor measures communities’ progress on inclusive economic growth and prosperity. The Inclusive Growth Index measures performance in three broad categories amongst 100 largest metro areas in the United States: Growth, Prosperity and Inclusion.

Here's what happens when inclusion is factored into Amazon's list of 20 HQ2 city finalists

Brookings Institution Blog; Andre M. Perry & Martha Ross; January 2018

Jeff Bezos' site selection process for Amazon’s second headquarter location should consider whether Amazon will constribute to and accelarate the finalist city's inclusivity in the workplace, according to Brookings' Andre M. Perry and Martha Ross. To maximize talent in the changing U.S. workforce, this should be the model for other growing companies that receive tax breaks, the authors say.

Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards for Organizations Around the World

Global Centre for Global Inclusion; Julie O'Mara & Alan Richter, Ph.D.; 2017

The benchmarks in Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks (GDIB) are designed to be usable by organizations of all sizes. The document can be used to establish development standards on the desired state of diversity and inclusion within your organization. Older versions of GDIB have been used by Cedar Valley organizations to develop diversity and inclusion standards and measure results. 

Don't be intimidated by the length of this document. The 80-page GDIB includes clearly marked sections on Recruitment, Retention, Development, and Advancement; Diversity and Inclusion Communications; Job Design, Classification, and Compensation; Diversity and Inclusion Learning and Education; Marketing and Customer Service; and much more. The GDIB helps organizations:

  • realize the depth, breadth, and integrated scope of Diversity and Inclusion practices;

  • assess the current state of diversity and inclusion;

  • determine strategy, and;

  • measure progress in managing diversity and fostering inclusion.

Economic Inclusion & Competitiveness Imperative

CEOs for Cities; Johnathan M. Holifield; 2016

This CEOs for Cities article by Johnathan M. Holifield, co-founder of ScaleUp Partners, discusses the concept of economic inclusion where everyone has the opportunity to participate in our economy.

Project Implicit


"The Implicit Association Test (IAT) measures attitudes and beliefs that people may be unwilling or unable to report. The IAT may be especially interesting if it shows that you have an implicit attitude that you did not know about. For example, you may believe that women and men should be equally associated with science, but your automatic associations could show that you (like many others) associate men with science more than you associate women with science."