According to a 2015 survey from Human Capital Media Advisory Group, the research arm of Talent Management magazine,"Almost three-quarters of human resources practitioners (72 percent) see diversity and inclusion as a strategic enabler for their companies' business strategy." Celebrating diversity communicates to employees, future employees, and customers that the company embraces an open exchange of ideas, which indicates a culture of teamwork and innovation.
However, 14 percent of respondents said diversity is a necessary but expensive contributor to the business.
The arts create an environment that blends backgrounds, ethnicities, and cultures, and can provide simple, affordable ways for businesses to celebrate diversity. For example, many companies such as 2014 BCA 10 honorees BBVA Compass and PECO celebrate diversity by supporting multi-cultural initiatives in the community or displaying local art within their offices. Businesses can also encourage their employees to attend multi-cultural arts events by supplying free or discounted tickets or organizing group trips.
Employee Resource Groups are another avenue for celebrating diversity, and the arts can help these groups achieve many of their goals, whether they aim to cultivate understanding or enhance the company's recruitment efforts. For more information about how the arts can help Employee Resource Groups, check out this pARTnership Movement tool-kit.