Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks


Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks (GDIB) Standard 2016

Why Diversity

Organizations today are dedicated to serving all stakeholders, including customers, employees, suppliers, regulators, shareholders and society at large Future-focused organizations want to ensure long term sustainability of our world and the people in our world. Stakeholders are becoming more globally diverse and networked, as organizations are increasingly mobile in their teams, supply chains, shared services, operational processes and outsourcing. To optimize organizational results, creativity, problem-solving, talent management and engagement, operations and innovation, organizational leaders need to adopt inclusive approaches management strategies and styles that incorporate different perspectives, cognitive, cultural and linguistic differences, and collaboration. Research shows a strong correlation between diversity and bottom line impact. 95 experts across the world have developed “Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks Standard”. GDIB supports workplace D&I and describes People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace, and Partnership as its focus. Please see


  1. Facilitate organizations in developing a business case for Diversity & Inclusion to establish its linkage with organization’s sustainability through bottom line impact.
  2. Educate the procedure for D&I gap analysis in 14 key business processes at organization to determine readiness on 5 scale (Inactive, Reactive, Proactive, Progressive, best Practices).
  3. Share the mechanism for progressive transformation of organizations from treating diversity defensively as a matter of legal or ethical compliance to positioning it strategically as an asset, to compete in the market.
With the launch of Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks Standard 2016, events have organized at various cities including Washington DC, São Paulo, Sydney, Melbourne, London, Netherlands, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Seattle, San Diego, Los Angeles, Portland, Tokyo, Toronto, Argentina, New York and Oakland. On 27 Apr 2017, HR Metrics in collaboration with Ms. Julie O’Mara Chief Author GDIB 2016 (Former President American Society for Training & Development), launched this standard in in Pakistan through a conference at Karachi. Ms. Marvi Memon, Chairperson Benazir Income Support Program and Dr. Ishrat Husain, Former Governor State Bank of Pakistan were guest of honor. Eminent speakers included CEOs/President of Leading organization, having significant accomplishment on D&I. Before the conference, organizations were invited to contest for D&I Awards and Top 10 organizations got awards.

Action Plan

  • Diversity Champion at Organization Level
    1. Main aim of this initiative is to facilitate organizations in developing a D&I Champion, who can learn the Global Diversity & Inclusion Standard and implement at organization level.
    2. D&I Champion will be provided 2 full days coaching on understanding the process of D&I gap analysis, developing a business case, benchmarking and action planning for 14 key business processes. Focus of the intervention will be the organizations sustainability through social and financial impact.
    3. Member organizations can publish D&I success story (up to 300 words) in “Diversity Pulse” segment of HR Magazine Workforce Tomorrow. The magazine has printed circulation to 500 companies in Pakistan and 300 soft copies globally
  • Women of Substance-Leadership Development Program (WLP)
    1. Companies Act 2017 makes it mandatory for public interest companies to have one female at board. To grow women as effective member of board, 5 days’ Training program is planned as under. High performing women in managerial positions are eligible to attend.
    2. Duration and Location: 5 Days at Karachi (30 Oct to 3 Nov 2017).
    3. Program Module A (2 Days): Critical Competencies for Effective Board Member (30 Nov to 31 Nov)
      1. To be conducted by faculty of HR Metrics. Contents as under:
      2. Essentials of Business and Financial Acumen
      3. Analysing Data for Strategic Business Decisions
      4. Communicating with Impact
      5. Developing High Performance Culture
      6. Managing Ethical Relations
      7. Inspirational Leadership
    4. Fee for this module is PKR 100,000 (Exclusive of Tax).
    5. Program Module B (3 Days): Board Director Training Program (1 Nov to 3 Nov)
      1. To be conducted by Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance Karachi.
      2. Fee for this module is PKR 200,000 (Exclusive of Tax)
    6. Organizations have the option to subscribe to single or both modules.
    7. 30 Sep 2017 is last date of registration.

What is Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity refers to the variety of differences and similarities/dimensions among people, such as gender, race/ethnicity, tribal/indigenous origins, age, culture, generation, religion, class/caste, language, education, geography, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, work style, work experience, job role and function, thinking style, and personality type; who are necessary to propel an organization to success.

Inclusion refers to how diversity is leveraged 
to create a fair, equitable, healthy, and high- performing organization or community where
all individuals are respected, feel engaged and motivated, and their contributions toward meeting organizational and societal goals are valued. Diversity and Inclusion has emerged as a worldwide practice.

Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks Standard

In 2016 the experts, guided by researchers Julie O'Mara and Alan Richter, Ph.D., co-authors, produced the Tenth Anniversary Edition of Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards Around the World. The GDIB 2016 supports all types and sizes of organizations in the development and implementation of diversity & inclusion (D&I) best practices. It is a comprehensive guide to explain what creating inclusive systems and managing diversity entails. It represents the best thinking and consensus agreement of global experts. GDIB is for use by organizations across all sectors, sizes, types and work regions. GDIB is sponsored by The Diversity Collegium, a non-profit organization registered in Washington USA. For more information click at

The GDIB helps organizations:

  • Realize the depth, breadth, and integrated scope of D&I practices;
  • Assess the current state of D&I;
  • Determine strategy, and;
  • Measure progress in managing diversity and fostering inclusion.
  • HR Metrics Facilitates Organizations to Implement GDIB Standard in Pakistan

    HR Metrics has a mission to provide evidence based tools to capitalize on employees’ talent for leveraging organization performance in verifiable terms. HR function can demonstrate value by creating opportunities that leverage the human experience to address organizational needs or solve issues by capturing talent, understanding markets, utilizing diverse perspectives for innovation, knowing how and how not to pitch products. Diversity provides the potential for greater innovation and creativity. Inclusion enables organizations to realize the business benefits of this potential.

    HR Metrics has taken following initiatives to facilitate industry for D&I growth in Pakistan:

  • Collaborated with Author/Chair of GDIB Standard USA to use Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks Standard in Pakistan.
  • Organized Annual Diversity Conferences in year 2016 and 2017.
  • Arranged D&I Achievement awards in 2017. Following organizations won the awards:

    • Best Practices Award: Telenor Pakistan, Engro, Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund.
    • Progressive Practices Award: Standard Chartered Bank, Jazz (Mobilink).
    • Proactive Practices Award: FINCA Bank, Bank Alfalah, Fatima Group, K-Electric, HRSG.

    Past Progress on Diversity & Inclusion in Pakistan

    2015 Award for Diversity & Inclusion

    On Women’s Day 8 Mar 2015, Ladies Fund (Dawood Global Foundation) organized awards ceremony at Governor House Karachi. On the recommendation of SHRM Forum Pakistan, three organizations including Telenor Pakistan, Allied Bank and Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund got award for best category in Diversity and Inclusion.


    14 Countries Consular Generals Roundtable on Diversity & Inclusion in Pakistan

    To gather ideas on diversity and inclusion global best practices, the HR Metrics and SHRM Forum Pakistan in collaboration with Ladies Fund (Dawood Global Foundation) organized roundtable discussion at Swiss Consulate Karachi on 31 Mar 2015. Following eminent Consular Generals shared valuable insight regarding their country best practices on gender diversity and inclusion:

    Zahid Mubarik, President SHRM Forum Pakistan/Chairman HR Standards Pakistan. Brian Heath, Consular General of United States of America in Karachi.
    Gill Atkinson, Deputy Head of Mission I British Deputy High Commission Emil Wyss, Consular General of Switzerland (Host)
    Francois Dall’Orso, Consular General of France Akira Ouchi, Consular General of Japan
    Oleg N.Avdeev, Consular General of the Russian Federation Hadi Santoso, Consular General of Republic of Indonesia.
    Charmaine H. Hidayataullah, Consular General De Monaco Noor-E Helal Saifur Rahman, Deputy Hight Commissioner Bangladesh
    Naheed Irshaduddin, Honorary Consular General of Denmark Sadia Khan, Honorary Consular General of Finland
    Laila Jamil, Senior Consultant Business Development, British Council Kimberley D’Souza, Secretary General of Switzerland.
    Tara Uzra Dawood, President Ladies Fund, Dawood Global Foundation Rukhsana Asghar, CEO Fulcrum Consulting

    Henry G. Jackson, President and CEO Society for Human Resource Management USA also addressed the distinguished guests through video and emphasized the tangible benefits of diversity. To download his remarkable speech, click here. The ideas gathered during the session were documented for developing strategy to improve Pakistan Gender Diversity Index in HRM context.

    HR Metrics in collaboration with Institute of Bankers Pakistan organized D&I Conference at Karachi on 25 May 2016. Highly accomplished business leaders, shared local best practices on the subject.

    HR Metrics also conducted a research in 2016 by getting data from public listed, private limited, nonprofit and government organization. Organizations were asked to share diversity of their workforce at board, management and non-management level. Diversity & Inclusion Conference and Awards were conducted by HR Metrics on 25 May at Karachi.

    HR Metrics also conducted a research in 2016 by getting data from public listed, private limited, nonprofit and government organization. Organizations were asked to share diversity of their workforce at board, management and non-management level. Diversity & Inclusion Conference and Awards were conducted by HR Metrics on 25 May at Karachi.