Building a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace has become an imperative for a growing number of organizations. As these organizations are finding out, an effective DEI strategy requires commitment, structural transformations, and cultural and behavioral changes.


Mercer’s latest global DEI diagnostic results shows positive news: many organizations are making DEI part of their business strategy. However, they recognize there’s still a lot more they can do to translate their commitments into real action.

Bright spots:

Just over half of participants set DEI goals and measure these on a regular basis.

Over a third now have a Chief Diversity Officer or similar specialist staff dedicated to the management of DEI.

Two-thirds have a multiyear DEI strategy and action plan.

Room to grow:

Only 58% of participating companies track hiring, promotion and exit rates by career level, race and ethnicity, or gender.

Nearly three-quarters (74%) don’t measure financial wellness outcomes for different employee segments.

The majority (67%) of companies don’t conduct category-specific health needs assessments.

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