Document Type


Publication Date



Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion, Leadership Councils, Employment Equity


Diversity and inclusion is a core leadership competency in today’s organizations. As an inclusive leader, I understand the need and value of diversity of thought.

It is well documented that diversity of thought is vital to an organization’s operational success. However, success will not be achieved by diversity alone. Once you have diverse people in the organization, how do you create an inclusive culture? As leaders, we must look at how we can be inclusive to make sure that the benefits of having a diverse workforce contribute to the business success of our organizations. The Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmark recommends executive-led diversity councils as a foundational structure for an inclusive organization.

We are pleased to present the latest in our toolkit series Diversity and Inclusion Councils: Toolkit, which provides insight to having a properly structured and empowered diversity and inclusion council. In this toolkit, the author Sujay Vardhmane discusses two key pillars needed to create inclusive environments:

1. leaders who are committed to diversity and inclusion, and
2. the structures for successful diversity and inclusion councils.

This toolkit defines diversity councils; describes the types; explains the value of diversity and inclusion councils to different areas of the organization and provides guidance on operationalizing diversity councils in your organization. It includes references to tools that will help you measure and report the results that will help your organization move ahead of its competition. The biggest takeaway for you the reader is the checklist for a successful diversity and inclusion council. Overall, this toolkit provides a framework that will help you implement a diversity and inclusion council to produce organizational results from an inclusive culture.

We hope you enjoy and find value in this toolkit.

We look forward to bringing you more tools and resources as we engage dedicated professionals across Canada to solve our biggest inclusion challenges.


Michael Bach, CCDP/AP
Founder and CEO
Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion


Pilon School of Business


Publisher's version

Terms of Use

Terms of Use for Works posted in SOURCE.

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.