D&I Weekly News Round Up: Gender Parity, Bias and more

Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion News Round-Up. Today we are talking about very common cognitive biases, why Barnes and Noble cancelled a Black History Month campaign, the latest WEF Global Gender Gap Report and a new trans-inclusive campaign from Starbucks.

Caroline Berns

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA

Gender Parity

According to the World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Report 2020, gender parity in regards to economic participation and opportunity will only be achieved in 257 years (and this has in fact regressed, last year’s report estimated that this will be achieved in 202 years). So which countries are doing well, what can we do better and where are the challenges? Read more here.


This week, US bookseller Barnes and Noble announced that they have cancelled their “Diverse Editions” campaign, planned to celebrate Black History Month. A series of classic books (e.g. Romeo and Juliet) was supposed to get new covers, showing people of colour – but people complained that this was literary blackface.


Do you think the Halo Effect has affected your perception in the past? Have you ever experienced In-Group Favouritism? Most likely yes, and if you would like to know more, here is a very good overview of 50 very common cognitive biases.


Coffee chain Starbucks just launched a new advert as part of the #whatsyourname campaign, supporting the transgender community. In the spot, a young transgender person trials his new name while ordering a coffee. Worth watching!

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