It’s a fact that companies in the top quartile for racial and ethnic diversity see financial returns above national industry medians. But laying the groundwork for a cohesive and diverse workforce takes vision and structure. This value proposition is at the heart of the Corporate Inclusion Institute (CII).
Chicago United founded CII in 2019 to help organizations harness the power of inclusion and deliver cultural transformation. Through CII’s rigorous program, corporations are improving their employee experience and retention and strengthening their ability to return value to shareholders.
COHORT VI In Progress
Chicago United's Corporate Inclusion Institute (CII) Cohort VI, which helps organizations harness the power of inclusion and deliver cultural transformation as they develop and retain critical talent, kicked off February 10 with a well-attended Opening Breakfast at the ComEd Chicago Training Center.
Sponsors of CII-VI include: Platinum Sponsors—ComEd, An Exelon Company and The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago; and Gold Sponsor—Peoples Gas.
Benefits of diversity on business
Companies in the top quartile for racial and ethnic diversity are 35% more likely to have financial returns above national industry medians.
Diverse firms have 2.3 times more cash flow per employee.
Companies with high DE&I see 45% improvement in market share compared to peers.
For every 10% increase in racial and ethnic diversity on a firm’s senior-executive team, EBIT rises 0.8%.
An overwhelming 84% of directors say board diversity enhances board performance.
THE TRANSFORMATIONAL JOURNEY
The business case is clear: Study after study has shown a direct positive correlation between an organization’s level of diversity, equity, and inclusion and its problem-solving capacity, creativity, and team cohesion. The Corporate Inclusion Institute can be a major component of your DE&I strategy, yielding long-lasting and far-reaching benefits to your organization.
CII is an innovative platform for bolstering cross-cultural competency and achieving corporate inclusion goals. The program is equally effective in small- to medium-size firms as well as large corporations and interfaces seamlessly into leadership development or inclusion initiatives already in place.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CHICAGO UNITED'S CORPORATE INCLUSION INSTITUTE, PLEASE CONTACT:
Vice President of Programs and Initiatives