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 diversity, equity, and inclusion 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


Rethink and Broaden Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to Create a Competitive Advantage

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are deceptively challenging topics that require careful consideration across an organization. They are also key sources of competitive advantage. Here's what it will take for businesses to unlock the rewards.

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Why Do Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Matter?

Why Do Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Matter?

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 North America Center for Inclusion and Equity

We are committed to driving measurable change for various racial, ethnic, and cultural groups, including Black and Indigenous people, people of color, women, the LGBTQ community, military service members and veterans, and people with disabilities. We help companies reimagine their business strategy in a way that eliminates systemic bias, sparks broader social change, and creates competitive advantage.

How to Achieve Impact Through Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Our holistic approach to achieving sustainable impact in diversity, equity, and inclusion is built on three pillars of action.

  • Team and Culture. We help mitigate bias and build diverse workforces, first by analyzing representation metrics at all levels—including retention rates and engagement scores. Then we assist in embedding diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices in business processes, such as equitable personnel policies across the employee life cycle of hiring, development, and retention. And we help clients excavate their purpose and build an organizational culture that fosters inclusion and encourages diversity.
  • Business Partners and Practice. We help our clients drive innovation and create value by serving broader market segments and establishing minority supplier and distributor programs as a source of competitive advantage. By harnessing their business drivers, they can advance their total societal impact (TSI). TSI is BCG’s measure of an organization’s economic, social, and environmental effects on the world; it stands alongside total shareholder return (TSR) as a driver of corporate strategy. We ensure that diversity, equity, and inclusion are fully considered, measured, and advanced by this lens.
  • Social Impact. We collaborate with our clients so they can use their voice, influence, and philanthropy to catalyze diversity, equity, and inclusion in their communities and around the world. We help them identify the DEI issues where the need is greatest and most aligned with their values and purpose. We also assist in building coalitions that amplify their commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion.

Meet Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consulting Team

Our diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting team partners with the private and public sector to create a diversity strategy and develop solutions for advancing DEI in the workplace. These are some of our experts on the topic.

Explore Our Diversity and Inclusion Research and Insights

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Why Ottobock Leads with “Social” in ESG: An Interview with CEO Philipp Schulte-Noelle

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Driving Equality in the Workplace

Diversity Is Just the First Step. Inclusion Comes Next.

Diversity Is Just the First Step. Inclusion Comes Next.

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How Diverse Leadership Teams Boost Innovation

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