Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are not luxuries reserved for high-performing companies in flush times. They constitute a powerful lever for improving performance—and they are more critical than ever as companies aim to accelerate out of the downturn.

BCG brings deep expertise in driving measurable change in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Our work enables clients to build teams that fully reflect the diversity in the world and the communities they serve—and empowers them to advance their businesses and our society.

We recognize the significant value that DEI can unlock—for individuals, organizations, and societies—and the need to do better. To this end, we partner with companies to implement proven diversity strategies and diversity and inclusion best practices.

BCG’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Offerings

Why Do Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Matter?

Advancing DEI is the right thing to do—and that’s reason enough to do it. It also helps organizations draw the best talent and unlock the potential of all their people. A focus on DEI will be particularly critical in recruiting younger generations, who value inclusion and social activism. There’s also a very strong business case to make for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The facts are clear: companies with diverse workforces and inclusive workplaces—defined as those where women and people of color reported positive experiences at work—were far less affected by the global financial crisis. From 2007 to 2009, the S&P 500 index declined by more than 35% during the crisis while the stocks of inclusive companies actually increased by 14%.

Organizations with greater diversity beat their less-diverse counterparts on a range of measures, diversity and inclusion research shows.

And yet, many corporate DEI initiatives are not delivering—for employees or employers. While 98% of employees who responded to our 2018 Global Diversity Survey said that their company had a gender diversity program in place, only about 25% felt that they have personally benefited from a diversity intervention.


BCG’s Experts in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consulting

Our Client Work in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Building a New Culture of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. BCG partnered with a leading global industrial goods manufacturer to develop new programs and processes to help the company achieve its ambitious DEI goals. The work resulted in a clear five-year plan on strategic DEI priorities, meaningful advocacy from senior leadership, and active top-down involvement in shaping and executing the new DEI strategy.
  • Creating a More Diverse and Inclusive Workforce. BCG helped a Middle Eastern oil and gas company analyze recruiting data to uncover DEI gaps in the talent pipeline. Through the analysis, the company was able to shape new DEI policies and programs for building a more diverse workforce.
  • Using Technology to Improve Diversity and Inclusion. BCG helped a North American oil and gas company assess employee performance evaluation data to develop dashboards that track DEI progress throughout the organization. These dashboards enabled the company to identify opportunities and address pain points to improve DEI initiatives moving forward.
  • Leveraging Data to Drive Diversity and Inclusion Innovation. BCG partnered with a Latin American telco company to analyze and leverage quantitative and qualitative data for innovation hackathons. Through these hackathons, the organization was able to design a diversity and inclusion intervention that truly elevated its DEI strategy.

Achieving Impact Through Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Our holistic approach to achieving sustainable impact in DEI is built on three pillars of action.

BCG’s DEI Tools

BCG’s Featured Insights on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity Is Just the First Step. Inclusion Comes Next.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion