Best Practices or Best Guesses? Assessing the Efficacy of Corporate Affirmative Action and Diversity Policies

Employers have experimented with three broad approaches to promoting diversity. Some programs are designed to establish organizational responsibility for diversity, others to moderate managerial bias through training and feedback, and still others to reduce the social isolation of women and minority workers. These approaches find support in academic theories of how organizations achieve goals, how stereotyping shapes hiring and promotion, and how networks influence careers. This is the first systematic analysis of their efficacy.

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The Business Case for Racial Equity from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

This is a literature review that attempts to quantify the economic benefits of racial equity to businesses, governments, and the overall economy. It goes into detail on certain areas of current inequities such as housing and residential segregation, education, and health.

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D5 Coalition Analysis of Policies, Practices, and Programs for Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion

This report provides a comprehensive scan of existing written and web-based resources from philanthropy and the fields of organizational effectiveness and social justice in order to identify existing policies, practices, and tools, which can inform and guide action by philanthropies to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Diversity Practices That Work: The American Worker Speaks

This report is the most comprehensive study to date (2005) of employees’ attitudes regarding programs and policies designed to foster diversity and inclusion. By determining what employees value and appreciate, the National Urban League hopes to provide some frequently requested guidance to American businesses that are looking not only to do the right thing but to do it the right way.

The National Black Chamber of Commerce®

The NBCC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonsectarian organization dedicated to the economic empowerment of African American communities. There are 140 affiliated local chapters based throughout the nation as well as international affiliate chapters and individual members with the national office.

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Racial Equity Toolkit for Restaurant Employers

This report identifies the skills and tools that are most critical to supporting all restaurants in moving the needle on racial equity in the industry. The result is simple and straightforward: it can help you identify where racial bias—whether conscious or unconscious— might be operating in the functions or policies of your restaurant, thus creating
barriers to success for employees of color and your business as a whole.

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The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

The USHCC actively promotes the economic growth, development and interests of more than 4.4 million Hispanic-owned businesses that, combined, contribute over $700 billion to the American economy every year. It also advocates on behalf of 260 major American corporations and serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local chambers and business associations nationwide.

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Hiring as Cultural Matching: The Case of Elite Professional Service Firms

This article presents culture as a vehicle of labor market sorting. Providing a case study of hiring in elite professional service firms, the author investigates the often suggested but heretofore empirically unexamined hypothesis that cultural similarities between employers and job candidates matter for employers’ hiring decisions. Drawing from 120 interviews with employers as well as participant observation of a hiring committee, the author argues that hiring is more than just a process of skills sorting; it is also a process of cultural matching between candidates, evaluators, and firms.