Making Workplace Diversity Really Work: Themes of Justice as Central Components of Diversity Initiatives
Many organizations have struggled with mobilizing initiatives to address issues of diversity, with the hope of creating a more accepting and productive work environment. As noble as these diversity efforts might seem, these initiatives sometimes fail to address the central needs of those who have been disenfranchised in the workplace. If organizations focus only on making diversity "friendly" and "non-treating" without examining the role of justice, they may further alienating those at risk of mistreatment in many traditional social institutions. However the smart organization is also critically concerned with sustaining or improving it place in an ever changing and tumultuous global environment. This presentation will consider the ramifications of utilizing diversity initiatives that do not fully address issues of social justice. A model for including justice as the critical and central theme of organizational diversity will be suggested. This model highlights the work of a few well recognized organizations that have insisted on justice as a strategic goal, while continuing to perform well among their competitors.
Keywords: Social justice, Diversity, Community, Sustainable Business, Women, Minorities, Globalization
Dr. Channelle James
Lecturer, Department of Business Administration, University of North Carolina Greensboro