We work alongside diversity, equity and inclusion champions in organisations around the globe.

Drawing on extensive research and real world experience, we help leaders create sustainable and measurable change through conversations, analysis and systems-based design.

Are you ready to boost your organisation through diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, but struggling to turn policy into meaningful change? Do you need help to implement a tailored diversity, equity and inclusion strategy across multiple countries and cultures? Is finding the right approach to equity for your organisation keeping you awake at night?

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Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion services

Here are the main areas of expertise we can provide to create the support you need:

Most organisational policy and practices are based on the principle of equality – equal access for everyone. While equality is a great starting point, it is agnostic about context, historical influences and existing power structures, and assumes that there are no barriers for anyone.

If you want to see the dial move on diversity, equity and inclusion, it is essential that you factor equity in the design of your people processes and practices. This ensures not only that everyone has access, but that any pre-existing barriers are removed for those employees who need it. We can support you to do this, by conducting an ‘equity review’ across your organisation, to identify areas where inequity is playing out. We do this by partnering with you to collect qualitative and quantitative data, that helps to map your current state and identify the needs, priorities and barriers to access that your employees may be experiencing.

Once we understand your current state, we work with you to co-design your people practices to include equitable interventions that ensure that any barriers are removed and that your operational practices are truly inclusive. We do this by following the principles of human-centred design, which means that we have the right voices in the room to help us design and tailor the approach for your organisation.

Every organisation strives to create a sense of ‘belonging’ for their people – grounded in being valued, able to contribute, being seen and heard and feeling like you fit in. For a lucky few, this is a reality. But for some of your workers, that sense of connection is missing. This feeling of disconnectedness could be because they represent a minority ethnic or gender group in the organisation, and therefore feel like they’re in the ‘out-group’. Sometimes it’s the product of unconscious bias, resulting from the way they work, their location or function etc.

Whatever the reasons, it is important to take time to hear from all your employees, about what will create a sense of belonging for them. This is where Co-design for Belonging comes in. Co-design for Belonging creates a process that taps into deeper insights and allows you to:

1.Identify the hotspots, where a sense of belonging could be improved
2.Target specific areas to address
3.Co-design solutions with your employees to foster a sense of belonging, in such a way that everyone is on board and takes accountability for the changes.

With Co-design for Belonging, we bring a fresh approach to understanding the needs of your people, while putting them front and centre to help uncover the solutions. The result is a set of strategies that are targeted in the right area, address the priority needs and create accountability across the board for creating positive change.

Understanding your current state is essential when building a cohesive and sustainable diversity, equity and inclusion strategy. We partner with you to collect qualitative and quantitative data from your employees to understand current needs and priorities and benchmark your organisation against your industry, customer base and competitors. These insights form the foundation for your diversity, equity and inclusion strategy and objectives.

Successful diversity, equity and inclusion strategies are leader led, underpinned by a great policy framework and supported by achievable goals and a robust governance model. These are the foundational building blocks that underpin a tailored and sustainable diversity, equity and inclusion strategy, without which, you won’t get off the ground.

Policy is important, because it sets expectations and drives behaviour. It isn’t enough to have a standalone diversity, equity and inclusion policy – it’s important that all your people policies, reflect your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and drive practices to promote equity and inclusion. We partner with you to review and update your current policies and design new policies to support your journey.

Any successful strategy needs to be underpinned by a robust governance model and diversity, equity and inclusion is no different. We work within your existing organisational structures to create a governance framework for diversity, equity and inclusion that supports the plan, ensures the right resources are in place, and holds the right people accountable for progress. This ensures that all the time and effort you put into your plan produces the outcomes you are looking for.

The importance of regular feedback from your employees, cannot be exaggerated. A sound diversity, equity and inclusion strategy reflects the needs of your people and their priority areas. Checking in at least annually to understand the ‘felt experience’ is the key to maintaining employee engagement and commitment. We deploy annual surveys for our clients, across multiple geographies and languages to ensure that their DEIB efforts are on track and on point.

We have a range of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging training programs including Unconscious Bias Awareness, Cultural Intelligence (CQ), Inclusive Leadership and many more. Our training is designed to be transformational and equip business leaders and their people to apply their learning across the organisation.

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Cultural Intelligence is a social intelligence we are not born with, but can learn. It starts with understanding our own cultural values and how they drive behaviours. Diversitas is accredited by the CQ Institute in the USA to administer and interpret a range of psychometric assessments which are academically validated measures of CQ. We support your employees and teams to understand their cultural competency and equip them to interact, negotiate, communicate effectively across cultures and borders.

Diversity offers significant benefits, but it can come with challenges. Misunderstandings, cultural conflict, time-wasting and low productivity are all hallmarks of multi-cultural teams that are struggling to come to a common ground. We provide individual and team coaching to equip your people to interact, communicate and build trust across cultural boundaries.

What messages are you sending to your market – your customers, existing and prospective employees and suppliers regarding your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion? How well does it reflect the experience of employees inside your organisation?

We partner with our clients to review their diversity, equity and inclusion communications and branding and help them design an impactful and authentic DE&I communication framework, that accurately reflects their commitment and progress in the diversity, equity and inclusion space and positions them for future growth.

Diversitas has partnered with Vibe to create a digital diversity, equity and inclusion communication platform designed to raise the awareness of DE&I in all its dimensions in the workplace, and to ensure that your workforce stays informed and continues to grow awareness and build capability in DE&I wherever they work.

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The workshop was great! Good way to deep dive into some of the challenges we have to design equitable processes and getting under the hood. Co-design for Equity Workshop - NZ

The content really interesting and practical to apply. A good blend of theory and exercises. I am thrilled to be accredited to deliver this training and feel ready to take the learning to my own organisation. Unconscious Bias Awareness: Train the Trainer – Asia

I didn’t know much about my own cultural values before completing the assessment and attending the training. It was very interesting, and I learnt a lot of valuable tips on how to understand my colleagues better and apply what I’ve learnt to build deeper relationships. Thank you for a very enjoyable and informative session. Cultural Intelligence Training - NZ

Undertaking the DE&I review has helped us to understand our current state and consolidate all the activity that we have done to date, into a more cohesive strategy. It has helped to inform the way forward and given us a way to measure the impact of what we are doing. DE&I Review – NZ, AU & Pacific Islands

We were worried that we might have a level of gender bias across our organisation and wanted to identify any issues that were holding us back from achieving our DE&I goals. Getting Diversitas in to conduct a bias review across our organisation, helped us understand some or our blind spots and gave us the opportunity to address these, so that we could move forward with more insight and purpose. Systemic Bias Review – NZ

We already have a global DE&I strategy but wanted to be sure that we tailored the approach for our business and location. Diversitas helped us to design our own DE&I strategy, which made sense for our people, while still supporting the objectives of the global strategy. DE&I Strategy development – NZ

Why our clients enjoy partnering with us:

  • Our long-term approach and commitment to sustainable and measurable DE&I change
  • Having trusted, experienced and up-to-date DE&I advisors you can call upon
  • A good balance of academic DE&I research and real-world expertise
  • Proven success with DE&I across complex multi-national teams
  • Flexibility and bespoke DE&I solutions based on extensive capability and resources
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Our valued clients

We work with organisations across all industry sectors and are a preferred supplier to the New Zealand government. Whether working internationally or in New Zealand, we apply the most relevant global research and best practice for each local setting ensuring that solutions are tailored to the needs of every part of your business.

Some of the key clients we have partnered with:

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Partners

To ensure we continue providing best practice DE&I solutions and advice, we are accredited with and maintain an active network of trusted global partners.

Diversity, equity and inclusion resources

We love fresh thinking and helping to shape the future, so here are some DE&I ideas, announcements and handy resources for anyone who shares our passion.

Make Difference Count Podcast | Ep 3. Te Tiriti O Waitangi for Organisations - Ngaire Rae

We speak to Ngaire Rae on honouring Te Tiriti O Waitangi principles and values in organisational practices in a way that has real impact in addressing inequities.

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What's the difference between Cultural Intelligence and Cultural Competency?

Hear Carol talk about Cultural Intelligence and how Cultural Competency is just one of the components required.

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What the Research says about Emotional and Cultural Intelligence - David Livermore

Emotional intelligence (EQ) is crucial for leadership, but it doesn't guarantee success in diverse teams. This article explores how Cultural intelligence (CQ) can complement Emotional intelligence (EQ) for maximum effectiveness in diverse and complex work environments.

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The CQ Podcast | Ep 1. Overview of Cultural Intelligence

Marsha sits down with author and long-time Cultural Intelligence (CQ) expert Dr. David Livermore. These two Cultural Intelligence experts discuss a wide variety of CQ topics.

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The CQ Podcast | Ep 2. Cultural Intelligence and Effective Teams

Marsha Ramroop sits down with Amri Johnson (CEO of Inclusion Wins) and Tadala Kolawole (Equity and Opportunities Lead - NHS) to have a discussion around how Cultural Intelligence can be a driving factor in the success of effective cross-functional teams.

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