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DEI Resource Bank

In this DEI Resource Bank you find the latest research, knowledge and best practices from around the world. Happy reading!

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Basics of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

We have gathered some useful basic information about DEI. If you’re new to the topic, start here!

Getting Serious About Diversity: Enough Already with the Business Case
Harvard Business Review​
This article critiques the popular rhetoric about diversity and revisits an argument the authors made 25 years ago: To fully benefit from increased racial and gender diversity, organizations must adopt a learning orientation and be willing to change the corporate culture and power structure.

What’s the Difference Between Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity
General Assembly
This article helps you to better understand what Diversity, Equity and Inclusion actually mean. It also has some useful Thought Exercises to help examine our own understanding of these terms.

Why Diversity Matters
McKinsey and Company
McKinsey’s research finds that companies in the top quartile for gender or racial and ethnic diversity are more likely to have financial returns above their national industry medians.

Diversity and Inclusion Best Practices to Focus on in 2021
This article is a good summary of DEI topics, summing up the benefits of Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace, key stats and some best practices.

Diversity and Inclusion Self-assessment Tool
Self-assessment tool by FIBS ry for leaders and organizations to reflect on their Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work. The tool helps organizations benchmark current efforts and develop actions to advance DEI efforts.

10 Diversity and Inclusion Books Every Exec Should Read
Senior Executive
Looking to learn more about DEI? Here’s 10 must-read books to guide you along your journey.

6 Ways To Help Your DEI Initiatives Drive Greater Impact

Inclusive Leadership

The impact of inclusive leadership can be significant. Here are some resources for you to learn more about the topic.

Inklusiiv Talks: Inclusive Leadership
A summary of the keynote from the Inklusiiv Talks event on Inclusive Leadership : the role of leaders in creating inclusive organizations.

Why Inclusive Leaders are Good for Organizations and How to Become One
Harvard Business Review
Inclusive leaders ensure that all team members feel they are treated respectfully and fairly, are valued, feel that they belong in the workplace community, and are confident and inspired. Research involving 3,500 ratings by employees of 450 leaders found that inclusive leaders share six behaviors — and that leaders often overestimate how inclusive they really are.

Inclusive Leadership -Small Habits That Make a Big Impact
First Round Review
This article introduces 4 useful inclusive leadership habits that help managers become more inclusive leaders.

The Key to Inclusive Leadership
Harvard Business Review
This article describes organizational practices that can help leaders become more inclusive and enhance the performance of their teams.

10 Actions Every Leader Can Take To Be A Diversity Champion.
10 practical everyday actions that leaders can take on DEI.

Empathy Is The Most Important Leadership Skill According To Research
This article describes how empathy contributes to positive relationships and organizational cultures and it also drives results. It also includes some tips how to be a more empathic leader.

Creating a more inclusive culture

The benefits of inclusive culture are significant – for employees and the overall performance of the organization. These resources can help you to take action on creating a more inclusive culture in your workplace.

Diversity Doesn’t Stick Without Inclusion
Harvard Business Review
Leaders have long recognized that a diverse workforce of women, people of color, and LGBT individuals brings a competitive edge in terms of selling products or services to diverse end users. Yet a stark gap persists between recognizing the leadership behaviors that unlock this capability and actually practicing them.

The ingredients of inclusivity – the impact of inclusive work cultures on women in technology roles in Finland
Accenture, Women in Tech Finland, TEK, Mimmit Koodaa
A survey for women in technology roles, with the objective to understand the inclusivity of workplace cultures in Finland and its impact on how females thrive at work.

There’s a Big Difference Between an Intention to be Inclusive and a Strategy
Though we often use the words interchangeably, being “intentional” and being “strategic” about building inclusive environments are two different things.

Uncovering talent – a new model of inclusion
An insightful report showing that the pressure to ‘cover’ elements of one’s identity or background at work is a widespread phenomenon that negatively affects organizations, as well as individuals.

Who Supports Diversity Policies? It Depends on the Policy.
Harvard Business Review
A 2019 study in the US found that policies aiming to increase the representation of women received more support than those geared towards racial minorities — but only among whites, and not black or Latinx workers. The study also found that people are more likely to support workplace policies when they are framed as a means to address discrimination.

Tech Nation: The Diversity and Inclusion toolkit
Tech Nation
Actionable insights and guidance to help founders build diverse and inclusive companies.

Diversity & Inclusion in Tech – a Practical Guidebook for Entrepreneurs
A step-by-step guide to help you plan, deploy, monitor and improve a Diversity & Inclusion strategy suited to your company.

How Gender Bias Corrupts Performance Reviews and What to Do About It
Harvard Business Review
Annual evaluations are often subjective, which opens the door to gender bias. But when organizations implement gender-neutral, real-time feedback tools, such biases can be reduced.

The World is Relying on a Flawed Psychological Test to Fight Racism
This article examines the widely popular Implicit Association Test (IAT) which is used globally to determine unconscious biases, and questions the scientific standard of the methodology underpinning the testing tool.

13 Benefits and Challenges of Cultural Diversity in the Workplace
This article introduces some benefits and challenges of cultural diversity in the workplace.

How to be an ally in the workplace: 13 ways to do it
This article focuses on microaffirmations and includes practical tips on how to utilize these to be a better Ally at the workplace.

Sateenkaariväki työelämässä ja asiakkaina (in Finnish)
Seta ry
Guide for employers on how to create a more inclusive workplace and advance LGBTQ+ rights in your organization.

LGBTQ+ voices: Learning from lived experiences
McKinsey & Company
Research reveals the challenges that LGBTQ+ employees face, and six ways to help them bring their authentic selves to work.

Being transgender at work
McKinsey & Company
Research that provides insights into the participation, plight, and precarity of transgender people at work.

Understanding Unconscious Biases

Everyone has biases or unconscious beliefs about different social and identity groups – but how can we tackle these? Here are some resources that help you to understand unconscious biases and find ways to mitigate them.

Unconscious Bias: How It Affects Us More Than We Know
An article explaining why we need to examine our biases and be mindful of our hidden prejudices and the ways they manifest themselves in words and actions.

How the Best Bosses Interrupt Bias on Their Teams
Harvard Business Review
What can you, as an individual leader, do to ensure that your team is including and making the most of diverse voices?​

Designing a Bias-Free Organization
Harvard Business Review
This article suggests focusing on processes, not just people, when eliminating biases. Behavioral science tells us that it’s very hard to eliminate our biases, but we can redesign organizations to circumvent them. Behavioral design makes it easier to do the unbiased thing by either preventing biased choices or changing people’s beliefs.

What is unconscious bias in the workplace, and how can we tackle it?
This article explores the different types of bias, and how to reduce their impact.

The Leader’s Guide to Unconscious Bias Book
By Pamela Fuller, Mark Murphy and Anne Chow
A popular guide on understanding and eliminating bias in the workplace.

DEI in team building

How do you build a diverse and high-performing team? Here are some helpful articles on the importance of DEI in fostering team building.

High-Performing Teams Need Psychological Safety. Here’s How to Create It
Harvard Business Review
The highest-performing teams have one thing in common: psychological safety — the belief that you won’t be punished when you make a mistake. But how can you increase psychological safety in your own team?

Psychological Safety: 5 Keys to a Successful Google Team
Introducing five key dynamics that set successful teams apart from other teams at Google – psychological safety being the most important one.

​5 diversity and inclusion activities to build belonging on teams
5 practical diversity and inclusion activities to enhance the sense of belonging in your team.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Activities To Do With Your Team
This article features a handful of activities you can do with your team, including activities for increasing interpersonal understanding and inclusion and activities to increase awareness of privilege and discrimination.

What is psychological safety and why is it the key to great teamwork?
This article is a great introduction on the importance of psychological safety with 5 helpful tips for fostering psychological safety in your workplace. ​

Inclusive Recruitment

Building inclusive recruitment ensures that the best professionals will be hired for organizations. These articles help you to understand what’s possibly preventing your organization from hiring the right talent.

What is Unconscious Bias in Recruitment?
HighSpeed Training
A good read for those who want to know more about the way in which unconscious biases affect recruitment practices.

Analyzing The Subtle Bias In Tech Companies’ Recruiting Emails
A close study of word choice in job descriptions and recruiting emails reveals how tech companies are inadvertently hindering diversity.

How “Blind Recruitment” Works And Why You Should Consider It
Blind recruitment is used to overcome unconscious bias and promote diversity in the workforce, and it has gained an increasing foothold in companies. This is a helpful article for anyone interested in knowing how Blind Recruitment works and what its benefits are.

How Startups Are Using Tech to Try and Fight Workplace Bias
Article on how to fight biases in recruitment.

Stop Hiring for Cultural Fit
Harvard Business Review
The author shares what she learned about making and keeping great hires during her 14 years as the Chief Talent Officer at Netflix.

The Unintended Consequences of Diversity Statements
Harvard Business Review
In trying to address discrimination, many organizations explicitly advertise their dedication to diversity, identifying themselves as “equal opportunity” or “diversity-friendly” employers. However, these statements alone are not effective and can even backfire by making organizations less likely to notice discrimination.

Why Are There Few Women in Tech? Watch a Recruiting Session
Stanford research shows that tech companies often alienate women already while they’re still in school, during recruiting sessions.

If Women Don’t Apply To Your Company, This Is Probably Why
Harvard Business Review
Leaders need to stop blaming their companies’ lack of diversity on the lack of women applicants. Instead they should ask “why is my organization not attractive to women?”. Research from HBR Lab suggests that the answer might lie in the signals your company sends about its culture during the recruiting process.

Networked Employment Discrimination
Data & Society Research Institute
In an effort to increase efficiency and improve the recruitment process, many employers have begun using new tools to sift through a large number of applications, looking for signals that a candidate is “the best fit.” This study shows that our current regulatory regimes may be ill-equipped to identify and address inequalities in data centric hiring systems, amplifying existing issues.

Case study: Inclusive recruitment ads can attract more diverse talent
We collaborated with Tietoevry on a project that aimed to encourage more women to apply for their open positions. Together with inclusivity expert Laura Smith, we helped Tietoevry to analyse the language used in their recruitment ads. Tietoevry published new job ads with more inclusive language and content based on the analysis. Result: the percentage of women applicants increased significantly – from 14 % to 32 %. Read key learnings from this case from our Blog.

DEI Metrics and Measurement

Measuring and setting goals on DEI is crucial to ensure required organizational changes become a reality. But how to get started? These resources can help.

State of Diversity and Inclusion 2020 in Finland
To shed light on the current state of D&I work in organizations, we asked leaders in Finland-based companies to share and report on their diversity and inclusion practices. Here’s what we found out!

What D&I Metrics You Should Use
Specific D&I success metrics indicating both micro and macro organizational impact is necessary to show the value of your D&I program and measure the outcomes of projects. This article tells you what D&I metrics to use.

Measure Workplace Diversity and Inclusion
Culture Amp
This article recommends the use of Diversity & Inclusion survey tools to better understand how your employees feel about their workplace.

The Mistake Companies Make When They Use Data to Plan Diversity Efforts
Harvard Business Review
This article identifies four key steps companies can take to ensure they don’t fall victim to the faulty logic of small numbers.

Tech Firms Striving for Diversity Fixate on the Wrong Metrics
This article suggests that to fix its diversity problem, tech companies need to analyze statistics for individual teams.

Eight Ways to Make Your D&I Efforts Less Talk and More Walk
First Round Review
This article introduces eight strategies from Aubrey Blanche, the Global Head of Diversity & Belonging at Atlassian, to help make sure that your deep caring about D&I is coupled with acting quickly to make required changes a reality.

How to Measure Inclusion in the Workplace
This article includes useful tips on how to measure employee perceptions of inclusion, what effective action looks like from leaders, and common pitfalls to avoid.

Measuring diversity and inclusion: 5 reason to prioritize it and how to do it
This article introduces 5 reasons to measure diversity, equity, and inclusion with a survey and includes tips on how to plan a successful D&I survey.

Diversity of Thought

A selection of articles explaining the concept of  “diversity of thought” and why it should never be a sole target in itself.

What is Diversity of Thought?
An introduction to the important concept of cognitive diversity or diversity of thought.

“Diversity of Thought” Without Diverse Representation is Status Quo
An article criticizing the mainstream usage of the term “Diversity of Thought” and highlighting that demographic diversity in workplaces is required for diversity of thought to be realised.

Why We Need To Stop Talking About Diversity Of Thought
Diversity of thought is one outcome of successful DEI efforts, but should not be the target in itself. By focusing on diversity of thought, we may distract ourselves from the real reasons we need to be focusing on DEI initiatives, and the internal culture shifts required to move the needle in a sustainable way.

Studies and reports on DEI

Do you want to dive deeper into DEI topics? Here are some additional interesting studies, reports and listings.

Culture Amp: 2022 Workplace DEI Report
Culture Amp

The 2021 State of European Tech

Unconventional Ventures: The 2021 Startup Funding Report
Unconventional Ventures

Study: Workplace Diversity Can Help the Bottom Line
MIT News
MIT economist scrutinizes firm data suggesting diverse offices function more effectively.

Top 50 companies for Diversity list 2020​
DiversityInc Top 50 is the leading assessment of diversity management in corporate America. The results are derived exclusively from corporate survey submissions from companies with at least 750 employees in the U.S. Companies are evaluated within the context of their own industries.

Women in the workplace 2021
McKinsey and Company
McKinsey’s Women in the Workplace study tracks the progress of women in corporate America.

Findix: Report on the Diversity of Finnish Companies (2019)
A 2019 report providing an overview of diversity in Finnish companies.

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We have compiled definitions of some of the key terms relating to diversity, equity & inclusion. We will continue adding to this page, so please let us know if there is a specific term you would like us to provide a definition for.


Championing workplace diversity means actively building communities where different perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds are represented. At the core of diversity is understanding the importance and value of different kinds of people. This includes differences in gender, race, religion, political opinion, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, family status, language, disability, or any other aspect contributing to who we are and what we look like.


In inclusive workplaces, all individuals feel that they belong and can bring their authentic selves to work. Inclusion means that everyone is treated fairly and respectfully, has fair access to opportunities and resources, and can contribute fully to the organization’s success. In inclusive environments, everyone, regardless of background, feels like their voice is heard and their contributions are valued.

Equality & equity

Equality in the workplace refers to practices which treat all individuals exactly the same way. Equity refers to practices which focus on providing each individual with what they need to succeed.

A focus on equity is important in advancing inclusion in the workplace, as equity takes into account that often a single solution will not be effective in supporting individuals who come from different backgrounds, have different ways of working, and have different needs to enable their full success at work.


Belonging is defined as the feeling of security and support when there is a sense of acceptance, inclusion, and identity for a member of a certain group or place. (Definition by Workology)

Sense of belonging is a result of truly inclusive environments.


As individuals, each of our identities is made up of different components. We belong to different combinations of demographic groups, and we each have different cognitive abilities and past experiences. Intersectionality refers to the overlapping of these different identity factors, which make us who we are.

Individuals who are part of underrepresented groups (eg based on gender, sexuality, ethnicity or disability) are more likely to experience different kinds of disadvantages in society. Experiences of disadvantage are likely to increase depending on how many underrepresented groups individuals are part of.

The Oxford Dictionary defines intersectionality as “the interconnected nature of social categorisations such as race, class, and gender, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage”. The term was created in 1989 by Kimberlé Crenshaw, and has since become widely used to understand the lived experiences of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Unconscious biases

Unconscious biases (also known as implicit biases) are social stereotypes formed outside of our conscious awareness. They stem from our need to process and manage the vast amounts of information we receive in our daily lives, and our tendency to organize social worlds by categorizing. Unconscious biases occur naturally in all humans, however we each have the power to increasingly recognise how our biases affect our behaviour, and therefore mitigate their impact on our decision making and on how we approach and treat other people.

Psychological safety

Psychological safety at work means feeling confident that you can voice your thoughts, ideas, concerns and challenges without fear that you will be punished or humiliated for speaking up by other members of your workplace community.

Psychological safety is an important prerequisite for truly inclusive workplace environments.

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