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The Greene Center Employer Challenge - Business Resources for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Diversity in Organizations

Workplace Diversity Resources

The subject of diversity in organizations is a large one, and it encompasses  a wide range of smaller critical pieces.

Among them:

  • Understanding the reasons and benefits of diversity in an organization
  • Measuring and benchmarking diversity levels
  • Creating the environment, policies and culture to create a diverse organization
  • Examining recruitment and promotion policies
  • Cultivating leadership and Board diversity

Below is a listing of our recommended resources covering all of these, and additional areas.


The following books are available by searching the UR River Campus Libraries Research Page

Measurement and Metrics

Diversity in the Workplace: Metrics, Measurements and Benchmarks

Two  fundamental ways to begin to learn about DEI in Organizations is to look at how to actually measure diversity in a workplace, and  benchmarkingone’s organization against others. Here are our top selected resources for both matters:

Metrics and Measurements


The Diversity Scorecard, Edward E. Hubbard

Although an older book (2003), this work is well known and cited in the field of diversity organizational metrics. The Diversity Scorecard' is designed to provide step-by-step instructions, worksheets and examples to help diversity executives and managers analyze and track the impact of their diversity initiatives to mobilize the organization for strategic culture change.  



Journal Articles

Trade and Business Articles

Benchmarking and Rankings

There are many types and varieties for measuring how companies can create and maintain a diverse workplace. We advise looking at each one’s individual criteria and methods to determine which one(s) fit your research needs. We also advise looking for measurements that are found in common among many rankings, as these are most likely to be considered the most acceptable and standard.

Here is a sampling of some of the best known of these diversity in workplace rankings. These resources can come from a wide range of providers: while some are traditional scholarly and trade publications, others were created by publishers of diversity publications as well as training and consulting organizations.

2023 Diversity Inc.: Top 50 Companies for Diversity.

An annual listing of the top 50 companies that hire, retain & promote women, minorities, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ & veterans. Of particular value is the breakdown by industry, category, and type of diversity (eg. Corporate boards etc.). 

Best Workplaces for Diversity - Fortune Magazine

Annual list of U.S. companies doing the most to create inclusive cultures for minorities, LGBTQ, and women, employees who are Boomers or older, and people who have disabilities. In addition to diversity numbers, the ranking is based on surveys of employees, who rated the level of camaraderie they experience at work, the effectiveness of their leaders, and other factors that inspire trust in an employer.Be sure to review the methodology section as well.

Corporate Equality Index 2023-2-2024

Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index is a major national benchmarking tool on corporate policies, practices and benefits pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees.

Latina Style 50

Lists the 50 best companies for Latinas to work for in the U. S. The report provides  an  analysis of corporate America’s efforts for promoting diversity and providing career advancement opportunities for Hispanic women. 

Refinitiv [Previously Thomson Reuters]: The 2019 Top 100 most diverse and inclusive organizations globally 

Companies are ranked by Refinitiv Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Index. The index ratings are informed by Refinitiv’s Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) data, designed to measure the relative performance of more than 7,000 companies representing 70% of global market cap across 400+ ESG data points

Working Mother: Diversity and Inclusion Index

This index measures which organizations are using established DE&I best practices to create inclusive workplaces. For additional company rankings on inclusion and diversity, see:

PWC | Global Diversity & Inclusion Survey

A global survey conducted in 2018 that focuses on workplace Diversity & Inclusion programs


Cultivating Leadership

Cultivating Leadership

One key element impacting issues surrounding the design and creation of a diverse workforce are focused on cultivating leadership among diverse populations—both in providing opportunities within the business, but in the corporate boardroom as well. Here are a few specific resources that can help you learn about matters surrounding diversity and leadership.

Data and Statistics

Adams, Renée B., and Kirchmaier, Tom. Replication data for: Women on Boards in Finance and STEM Industries. Nashville, TN: American Economic Association [publisher], 2016. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2019-10-12.


Missing Pieces Report: The 2018 Board Diversity Census of Women and Minorities on Fortune 500 Boards | Harvard Law School Forum


The Gender Initiative | Harvard University

The Gender Initiative catalyzes and translates cutting-edge research to transform practice, enable leaders to drive change, and advance equality in business and society

Podcasts, Videos, Aggregated Sources

Black Business Leaders Series | Harvard Business School

Cases, courses, and podcasts that highlight influential black business leaders from across a wide range of industries

Diversity in Business: Business Leader Videos | University of Iowa Libraries

A curated selection of Ted Talks and other videos on leadership from Black leaders.

Recruitment and Hiring

The below resource can be used for researching hiring and recruiting for diversity

A Data-Driven Approach to Hiring More Diverse Talent | Harvard Business Review An article that identifies and explores three key steps for hiring more diverse talent: improve accessibility, increase awareness, and create systems of accountability. [Limited Access; HBR permits a maximum number of free articles for non-subscribers]

Government Agencies

Hearing: Diversity in the Boardroom: Examining Proposals to Increase the Diversity of America’s Boards

Books and ebooks

Other Titles

The following books can be found via 3rd parties like Amazon, or through the publisher directly through clicking the links

Workplace Diversity Databases: Search Strategies

Diversity Databases: Search Strategies

You can make your searches on diversity in organizations more precise if you know the terminologies of the recommended databases. This will help ensure that the results you retrieve will be relevant. Here are some recommended resources for the leading databases we’ve mentioned above.

ProQuest: ABI/Inform

Key Subject Term: Workplace Diversity

Related/Associated Terms:  Corporate Culture; Diversity Training; Minority & Ethnic Groups; Minority Employment; Work Environment

EBSCO: Business Source Premier

Key Subject Term: Diversity in the Workplace

Related/Associated Terms: employment of minorities; women’s employment; equality in the workplace; women executives


Key Subject Term: Workplace Diversity

Related/Association Terms: Ethnic Minorities; Gender Equality

See below for a search on Factiva with the keyword "leadership" and limited to the subject "workplace diversity" and the industry "technology"



Key Subject Term: Diversity; Diversity in the Workplace


Social Sciences Fulltext

Key Subject Term: Multiculturalism