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10 Important DEI Trends For The Channel To Keep Top Of Mind

Rick Whiting

For a growing number of solution providers, diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives are becoming an important component of their long-range strategies. Here’s a look at 10 key DEI trends that are impacting companies across the channel today.

For a growing number of channel businesses, diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives are becoming an important, transformational component of their long-range strategies.

“Unisys has long understood its role to build and foster a compassionate, inclusive culture that drives innovation and opportunities for our people, communities and environment,” said Katie Ebrahimi, senior vice president and chief human resources officer at Blue Bell, Pa.-based Unisys. “To truly have the diversity that represents society at large, we need to implement initiatives to address equity.”

Diversity, equity and inclusion has moved to the top of many company agendas, especially since the events of 2020. But there is still much work to do. “We have yet to see real major progress in the outcomes related to diversity and inclusion in organizations,” said Sona Khosla, chief impact officer at Benevity, a developer of corporate purpose applications.

DEI can cover a broad range of issues and an equally broad range of ways that businesses are responding and implications for the steps they take to address DEI.

According to an October 2021 report jointly prepared by research organization WBR Insights and compliance training firm Traliant, 89 percent of all companies already had a formal DEI strategy in place with the remaining 11 percent planning to implement one within 12 months. The report was based on survey results from 300 U.S. companies across all industries, including the IT industry. The survey also found that 79 percent of all companies planned to allocate more budget and/or resources to DEI in 2022.

Here’s a look at 10 key DEI trends that are impacting companies across the channel today.

 
Rick Whiting

Rick Whiting has been with CRN since 2006 and is currently a feature/special projects editor. Whiting manages a number of CRN’s signature annual editorial projects including Channel Chiefs, Partner Program Guide, Big Data 100, Emerging Vendors, Tech Innovators and Products of the Year. He also covers the Big Data beat for CRN. He can be reached at rwhiting@thechannelcompany.com.

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