The Evolution of Diversity Department Team Structures Continues in 2021: Direct Reports to the CDO

Fair360, formerly DiversityInc Best Practice’s “Guide to Diversity Department Structures” is designed to help you gain an understanding of how diversity departments are evolving over time. From their role as a strategic business partner to the day-to-day work of the Chief Diversity Officer and the employees that report to them, we hope this two-part guide will help you better understand the way leading companies prioritize diversity work. In case you missed it, be sure to check out part one, in which we examine the role of the CDO.

Whether it’s a global team or geographically specific, the size and breadth of duties tackled by diversity departments are growing. The impact of diversity and inclusion efforts across teams, functions and levels within the organization has become more of an expectation amongst employees and the general public.

The business impact is in the data. Gartner found that inclusive teams improve team performance by up to 30% in diverse environments. A separate Gartner analysis predicted that through 2022, 75% of companies with diverse decision-making teams would exceed financial targets — and outperform less-inclusive counterparts by 50%

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