25 April 2017

On 24 April 2017 in Ottawa, the Global Centre for Pluralism announced the Foundation-supported Pluralism Project’s research findings in a room of one hundred people with more watching live. Drawing on statistical research, consultations with the business community and stakeholders, and a review of the academic literature, 2015 fellow Bessma Momani and 2015 mentor Jillian Stirk showed that every 1% increase in diversity in Canadian workplaces produced an average 2.4% increase in revenue. Their report also offered a series of recommendations for government, businesses, and organizations wishing to reap the "diversity dividend." 

Here are the eight recommendations:   

  1. Unlock talent: promote inclusive hiring
  2. Passport to employment: recognizing foreign education, credentials and experience
  3. More than just words: invest in language training
  4. Measuring diversity and inclusion: what gets measured gets done
  5. Procurement policies: leadership to drive innovation
  6. Corporate culture: moving beyond numbers
  7. Understanding the story: the data deficit
  8. Connecting to the world: Canada’s global advantage

The project covered more than 6,000 businesses and employers, representing 14 sectors from coast to coast. The report and its recommendations are based on a quantitative analysis of the Statistics Canada Workplace and Employee Survey (WES) as well as on consultations with the business community, academia, NGOs, and private and public stakeholders.

The Pluralism Project is a targeted-area-of-inquiry project supported by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and partners.

Download the report
Watch the video illustrating the findings
Watch the video of the launch discussion
Read their op-ed published in The Globe and Mail

Bessma Momani

Professor Bessma Momani is an expert on global economic governance issues, Canadian foreign policy, Arab Spring, Arab Canadians and Arab youth.

2015 Fellows

Jillian Stirk

Retired after 30 years of service in the foreign service, she brings strategic expertise in foreign policy and multilateral negotiations.

2015 Mentors