D&I Maturity Levels

 

The diversity and inclusion journey is an ongoing one. There are always new ways you can promote equity and inclusion within the workplace. Understanding the stage your organization is at allows you to see your next action steps to creating an inclusive culture. Regular assessments help you measure your progress. Take the self assessment quiz to find your current position on the maturity model.

 

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Compliance

The compliance stage is where most organizations begin their D&I journeys. The organization is generally meeting legal requirements, but has only taken preliminary steps towards creating an inclusive culture.

Discovery

The discovery stage often begins when an organization identifies and seeks to address a gap in their D&I practices. They may form a strategy to improve representation on their team by diversifying candidate pipelines and reviewing retention strategies...

Committed

The committed stage marks the implementation of an organization wide strategy. At this point in their journey, organizations start embedding D&I into all aspects of their business and operations, and increase their focus on inclusive culture.

Championed

Organizations at the championed stage have strong support from their leadership teams and staff for progress on their D&I goals. Many have effective initiatives underway and want to measure progress, so benchmarking is a key priority at this stage.

Innovation

At the innovation stage, an organization’s inclusive culture is a pillar of their employer brand. D&I is embedded across the organization– reflecting best practices. They share their tools with others and aim to deepen staff and community development.

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Take The Self-Assessment Quiz

The following self-assessment will provide a snapshot of your organization’s current position on the diversity and inclusion journey along the maturity model continuum. The questions are meant to provide you with a quick representation of the strengths that your organization exhibits and the opportunities for improvement. Your score will allow you to be positioned on the maturity continuum and will be accompanied by a few resource recommendations that will support you on the pathway to the next stage of your journey.

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The total positions you at one of the maturity model stages
14 - 23

Organizations in the compliance stage are generally following all legal requirements mandated by the provincial and federal levels of government. Organizations are working to ensure safe working conditions and are providing the minimum level of benefits required by law. 

24 - 33

A great start! Organizations at the Discovery stage recognize there is a problem or potential to grow.  Often, these organizations have identified an organizational culture issue, a high turnover rate, or had concerns and suggestions brought forward by their employees. Discovery is a great time to implement some quick wins and see what can be done right away to build momentum. 

 

34 - 43

Wonderful! A committed organization usually has committed resources in terms of people, money and time towards diversity and inclusion. A committed organization is usually in the first few years of their D&I journey and has a few programs and initiatives in place. Some are well on their way to reaching the next stage.

 

44 - 53

Excellent! In an organization at the Championed stage, the leadership team is most likely very engaged in the development of a diversity & inclusion strategy and its execution. These organizations are leading initiatives and are advocating for new programs and processes to support clear D&I goals. 

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Congratulations! Your organization is most likely leading the way in your industry in terms of diversity and inclusion practices. Perhaps you can expand your D&I impact beyond your organization and by ensuring you support each of the 5 designated groups.