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Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards for Organizations Around the World  201

The Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards for Organizations Around the World (GDIB) 2017 by Julie O'Mara, Alan Richter, Ph.D., and 95 Expert Panelists is a tool for helping organizations determine strategy and measure progress in managing diversity and fostering inclusion. 


The Global Ethics and Integrity Benchmarks (2015) is a revised tool for helping organizations assess and measure their progress in making a formal and transparent commitment to ethics and integrity in the workplace. Using expert input worldwide, 14 categories in three groups, Foundation, Ethical Culture and Ethical Risk Management, make up the Global Ethics and Integrity Benchmarks.


January - presented at PMI conference in Philadelphia

February - presented at the World HRD Congress in Mumbai

April - presented at the Forum on Workplace Inclusion in Minneapolis

May - presented at ATD in Atlanta

October - presented at SietarUSA in San Diego

December - presented at the Conference Board of Canada in Toronto

AN INQUIRY INTO THE EXISTENCE OF GLOBAL VALUES: Through the Lens of Comparative Constitutional Law, edited by Dennis Davis, Alan Richter and Cheryl Saunders, Hart Publishing, 2015.

Finally – after much delay -- our book has been published, is now available, and can be ordered online at:

The following articles and chapters were written by Alan Richter, Ph.D., founder and president of QED Consulting.

“Building a Culture of Inclusion: The Case of UNAIDS”, by Alan Richter, in Diversity at Work: The Practice of Inclusion, edited by Ferdman, B and B. Deane, SIOP, Jossey-Bass, 2014.

"Creating an Adaptable Workforce by Engaging with all Employees" By A. L. Richter. [download word document]

Global Standards Boost Diversity at Alaska Air, by V. Robert Hayles, Julie O’Mara and Alan Richter, Diversity Executive, Nov/Dec 2011

By Alan Richter

Note: Part of this article appeared in Cultural Diversity at Work Online, January 2001 at

Finally – after much delay -- our book has been published, is now available, and can be ordered online at:

Diversity and value are both deep philosophical terms whose interrelationship has been explored by many thinkers, though most have focused on the value of diversity. In this paper I will explore the diversity of value and tie it back to the value of diversity with the goal of shedding greater light on a framework for diversity work for the 21st century. But first we need to define terms.

By Alan Richter

Defining ethical business conduct often depends on whom you talk to. Setting business standards based on core values helps employees play by the same rules.

At a recent conference on global business ethics, a distinguished panel of ethics experts grappled with the question: "Which is more ethical-treating people as if they were all the same or all different?" No one presumed to know the right answers to that question in every situation, and that’s the crux of the problem with global business ethics.

Ethics has never been easy to define because it deals with intangibles like values and beliefs. But ethical standards provide us with an ability to resolve global ethical dilemmas. Without standards, we restrict our ability to do business effectively in a borderless work. And, paradoxically, our search for a universal code of ethics intensifies just as we become increasingly aware of cultural differences.


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