Diversity is invoked in discussions of all kinds. From education curriculum to employment policy and from entertainment to politics. It is discussed often in the accounting profession and an important aspect of our work at the AICPA.
"Diversity means all the ways we differ."
Some of these differences we are born with and cannot change and others we pick up and then shed in our lifetime.
As Malcom Gladwell said, “Who we are cannot be separated from where we're from.” Meaning that our experiences, exposures, and journey in life largely define us as unique beings. Anything that makes us unique is part of this definition of diversity. And the discussion includes everyone.
"Inclusion involves bringing together and harnessing a diverse workforce, in a way that is beneficial."
Inclusion puts the concept and practice of diversity into action by creating an environment of involvement, respect, and sense of connection—where the richness of ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives are harnessed to create business value.
They are harnessed to create competitive advantage. They are harnessed to create sustainability.