Many thanks to our data privacy colleague, Helena Engfeldt, for co-authoring this article.

 

Many organizations are proactively advancing diversity and inclusion goals globally to include a focus on recruitment and employee-directed initiatives. These efforts are consistent with organizational values and business goals, even in cases where diversity data collection may have the potential to increase (rather than decrease) risks of discrimination claims. Beyond addressing D&I to comply with anti-discrimination laws, most organizations also consider it an urgent business need for commercial success. In moving from actions to outcomes, organizations are seeking to identify and utilize metrics to measure progress, impact and accountability to include the collection of diversity-related data. Privacy and employment law professionals are increasingly being asked to expand such programs globally.

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Original article published in IAPP.