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Diversity as a Strategic Imperative

Diversity as a Strategic Imperative

Insights from BSI’s Future Learning Podcast

In the final video of BSI’s Future Learning podcast on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) we delve into the key takeaways for Kala and Nola, focussing on the strategic importance of integrating DEI into the corporate strategy, and how it is critical to integrate knowledge of others, history and understanding for real and authentic change. This final episode provides some final thoughts on how to harness diversity for better cultural, people, and business outcomes.

If you are just joining us, feel free to check out the first video.

Amplifying Voices and Addressing Biases: Kala’s Tips

Karla, one of BSI’s key executives, argues that integrating DEI is not only a moral imperative but a strategic advantage. She outlines two crucial actions for leaders:

  1. Amplifying the Voice of Others: Leaders have the influence and should use it to elevate the voices of underrepresented groups in their organisations.
  2. Spreading Awareness About Biases: Starting with education and awareness training can help staff recognise and address unconscious biases, paving the way for a more inclusive work environment.

These steps, according to Kala, are foundational for achieving desirable changes and results that benefit the entire business.

Embracing Comprehensive Contributions: Nola’s Tips

As an Indigenous Elder, Nola brings a unique perspective on cultural contributions. She emphasises the importance of recognising the diverse capabilities and backgrounds of each individual. She cautions against pigeonholing—restricting individuals to operate only within the assumed limits of their identity group (such as disability, gender, or cultural background). Nola illustrates this with her personal experience in a high-level workshop. Despite its good intentions, it made her feel out of place and undervalued. This happened because it did not align with her expertise.

She advocates for creating environments where everyone can contribute meaningfully, respecting their knowledge and skills levels, which in turn fosters a sense of worth and inclusion.

Policy Considerations and Historical Inclusion: Integrating Ancient History for Authentic Engagement

Nola also stresses the importance of incorporating the ancient history of local regions into organisational policies to ensure that Aboriginal people, and indeed all employees, feel truly welcome. This inclusion not only respects the heritage of the land but also enriches the organisation's cultural depth, enhancing its authenticity and appeal.

Conclusion: A Call to Action for Meaningful Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Integration

The episode wraps up with a commitment to continue exploring the facets of diversity in future episodes. Each aspect deserves detailed discussion and understanding. The speakers underscore that today's conversation was broad. The journey towards full integration of DEI into business strategies is ongoing. This journey requires dedicated effort and continuous learning.

Simon closes with encouragement to reflect on adopting the discussed strategies. Organisations should comply with moral imperatives and gain a strategic edge in the global market.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our second series in BSI’s Future Learning podcast. Tune in for our next episode, coming soon!

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Learn more about how BSI digital can help you with your Diversity and Inclusion learning needs - get in contact with one of our team.

Thank you for tuning in!

Simon, Kala, and the BSI Team