True transformation of corporate structures needs a plurality of views, skills and ideas
Box-ticking exercises and tokenism may feel like change, but they’re not, and prejudice lingers even within the most well-meaning of corporate entities
How do we adequately address societal prejudice? This question, and its various derivatives, has become recurrent on the agendas of management meetings throughout corporate SA. For many within their structures, however, this question is actually stripped of the weight of its required efforts and presents more like, how do we avoid being the next entity to appear in the headlines over a prejudice-based scandal?
In truth, we are not where we could be with the transformative efforts of corporates in SA. We agree that it may be harsh to completely dismiss the efforts of those corporates that have implemented well-meaning polices to address transformation and representation within their structures. A number of corporates have already come to accept the research that reveals that a diverse workforce provides more value-add for a company than a homogeneous group could...