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Creating a World-Class DEI Initiative  Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Benchmarks

Create an Evidence-based DEI Strategy with 
Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Benchmarks

The Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Benchmarks (GDEIB) were co-created by 115 global DEI experts and co-authored by Nene Molefi, Julie O’Mara and Alan Richter. The GDEIB guides organizations worldwide in assessing their current state of DEI and selecting strategies that advance their DEI work as an integrated system. The GDEIB’s 275 benchmarks are organized into 4 main groups, 15 categories and 5 levels of organizational DEI mindset and programming maturity. 

BCT has digitized the GDEIB and its recommender engine to offer a roadmap for leaders to determine what actions organizations should prioritize on their journey toward mature and sustainable DEI practices. An organization’s leaders and other internal subject matter experts complete a digitized GDEIB survey. The compiled survey results produce a level-based score for each of the 15 categories.

BCT benchmarks organizations according to the 5 levels summarized below.



Some ad-hoc DEI work happens siloed within different parts of the organization but is not visible to everybody.


A compliance or regulatory mindset drives DEI work. DEI actions are reactionary, often driven by grievances or other social pressures.


DEI-centered thinking is starting to show up in organizational decision-making and strategic planning. 


DEI implementation is done strategically and systemically. Results indicate measurable progress with DEI metrics across the organization.


A sustainably funded and integrated DEI strategy results in systemic positive outcomes that bring the organization recognition as a global DEI leader across industries.

BCT uses a robust qualitative focus group protocol to probe further into areas that would benefit from a more nuanced understanding than quantitative research can provide. Focus groups will elicit leaders' lived experiences regarding GDEIB benchmarks and their tactical implementation at their organization and provide data about the outcomes of current initiatives.


The final assessment report will combine the insights from focus groups with the survey results. The report will also include short-term and long-term recommendations for implementing GDEIB.

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