The When Women Thrive 2020 global report, Let’s Get Real About Equality, builds upon our seminal 2014 and 2016 research and examines the achievements made to date and the ground yet to cover. Learnings from this research will help guide organizations in the steps they must take to successfully institutionalize the policies, practices and programs that will help ensure equality of opportunity, experience and pay — and ultimately nurture an inclusive culture. View the report highlights.

What’s new in 2020?


Discover bright spots that demonstrate forward momentum with the potential for lasting impact. One example: hiring, promotion and retention rates of women are finally comparable to those of men across all career levels.


In this report, learn where we have made progress and where we still have room to grow, including new data and insights on:

  • Representation and talent flows by gender and career level
  • Representation by race/ethnicity and career level
  • D&I strategy, accountability and transparency
  • Senior leadership and manager engagement
  • Pay equity commitments and analysis
  • Career advancement
  • Flexible working
  • Health and financial wellness
  • Technology to enhance D&I efforts

Activate — Accelerate — Thrive


81% of organizations globally report that improving diversity and inclusion is high on their agenda.

Regardless of what stage an organization is at, Mercer has defined active measures it can take to advance a diverse workforce and inclusive culture. In addition to data and insights, the When Women Thrive 2020 global report offers organizations practical actions they can take to make true and lasting progress.

‘Say/do’ gap: racial and ethnic reality in the US


Less than half of US organizations (42%) publicly document commitments to racial or ethnic equality.


Mercer’s research findings on race/ethnicity in the US highlight what organizations can do to cultivate a workplace environment that addresses racism and inequality, promotes justice and inspires inclusion. 

Explore our latest research report.

Access the When Women Thrive 2020 global report or the report appendix, which includes the full global and regional survey responses.

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