Editor’s Note: Getting Back on Track

It was a mic drop moment earlier this year when a LinkedIn report revealed that the hiring of chief diversity officers (CDOs) actually declined in 2022 by 4.51% after significant growth in 2020 and 2021. This was certainly surprising—perhaps alarming—news considering this role had experienced a 168.9% uptick in hires between 2019 and 2022. I think we are all left wondering: What is the catalyst for this change?

Our cover story examines the issue with a roundup of experts that oversee diversity and inclusion for their organizations. A perennial challenge with HR initiatives, Rita Parker, vice president of global DEI at Access, says showing the ROI of diversity and inclusion efforts comes into play.

“We’re seeing some companies pull back on their DEIB initiatives because they cannot see results in a clear, measurable way,” reports Parker.

There is also the issue of unrealistic timeframes and the desire for immediate gratification. Amie Kromis, DEI director of North America at Essity, says, “It’s unfair to expect CDOs to create immediate change within organizations that are inherently complex or subject to structures built over time.”

But even with these obstacles and others to face, there are several best practices to help reverse the trend and put DEIB back at the forefront. Be sure to see the steps to take in What’s Next for DEIB?.

In addition, Josh Jones, manager of talent acquisition for Employ Inc., explains how a strong foundation in DEI can boost productivity and company communication in Energizing Engagement. By building learning and development and internal mobility programs focused on DEI, organizations can help serve underrepresented groups and develop a strong inclusive company culture.

Until next time,


SVP/Editorial Director

Tags: October 2023

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