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Diversity & Inclusion Friday news round-up: Jan 18 2019

Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up. Today we are talking about sponsorships and the “Mini-Me syndrome”, Gilette’s latest advert, Deloitte’s diversity report looking at Fortune 100 and 500 companies and a fantastic dancer. Happy Friday!

D&I Friday News Round-up
Caroline Berns 

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA

Category, topic & hashtags


Very interesting! A new report from CTI, a think tank focusing on the workplace and diversity, is looking at corporate sponsorship programs. According to their research, over 70% of the interviewed sponsors chose protégés of their own race and gender. This “mini-me syndrome” obviously has an impact on the diversity of talent pipelines. Read more here. 


The report "Missing Pieces", published by Deloitte this week, looks at the diversity of Fortune 100 and 500 boards. The percentage of women and minorities on corporate boards has increased in the past years, but what is even more interesting is that over 25% of the Fortune 500 companies have now more than 40% diversity on their boards (up from 13% in 2012).

Gender / Masculinity

Gillette’s latest advert called “We Believe” has created a lot of controversy and some people are now calling to boycott the brand. The spot is talking about toxic masculinity and stereotypical male chauvinism, asking men to change their behaviour and be a positive example for their boys. The advert is part of a broader initiative that includes the support of men focused charities.


Worth watching! Andrew, a 21 year old with Down Syndrome, loves to dance and was given the chance to compete in the British show “The Greatest Dancer”.


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