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M3_A2 Diversity and Discrimination Regulations Cynthia Moore January 22, 2018 While diversity and inclusion are normally written with a “/” separating the two, they have distinctly different definitions. A corporation can be diverse without demonstrating inclusion. Similarly, the staff of a company can be inclusive without much diversity. Diversity is what you have, meaning the variations or differences in the staff that is employed. This could include religion, gender, race, culture, beliefs, background, and many other protected classes. So, for instance, a company could have a very diverse population of workers, working independently with no inclusion. Inclusion, on the other hand, is the actions you take with the employees you have. Each member of a company’s workforce should feel like part of the overall team. To be considered inclusive, every individual, regardless of their diversity status, should feel like they have an equal opportunity to contribute to the collective mission and goals of the company they are employed by. They should feel safe in knowing that they will be respected and treated with the same priority as any other person, protected or not, that works alongside them. It is by these standards and definitions that yes, I am postulating that a white man can be considered a diversity requirement, when the basis is on the idea of inclusion. While diversity and inclusion can be separate in policy, they are synonymous with corporations known for their outstanding ethical standards. 1
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I have chosen three organizations that are known to have the utmost standards for ethical codes of conduct and employee relations. International Paper, Target, and L’Oreal are consistently among the World’s Most Ethical Companies, according to the Ethisphere Institute’s ethics quotient (ethisphere.com, 2017). International Paper operates globally and has made the list of the most ethical companies for 11 years running (Press, 2017). International Paper, has an entire Mission Statement dedicated to their diversity and inclusion expectations. As it reads from their website: International Paper Diversity and Inclusion Mission Statement” “Diversity matters because winning requires teams with different viewpoints and backgrounds driving toward a common vision. These teams make better decisions and create better solutions. When individuals trust one another and know their viewpoints matter, commitment follows” (Diversity and Inclusion, n.d.). Within this statement, it is apparent that IP depends on the diversity of their teams so that they may be successful and “win”. Inclusion is implied with the third statement regarding trust and respect for their opinions. International Paper is continually educating and training their employees on diversity and inclusion offering global support to their members. Their hiring practices are a true model of their diversity and inclusion mission, since they vow to ensure that an (unknown) percentage of employees be in a protected class. I have the pleasure of having a friend that is a supervisor at one of the North Carolina International Paper factory.
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