Learn about diversity and inclusion in China.
- Diversity in China is difficult because of the belief that diversity should happen naturally, but there's really more to it. Within Asia, we can talk about East Asia like China where there are really strong collectivist values. This makes the topic of diversity quite difficult because one's personal network, or guanxi, is very important. Don't judge my pronunciation. The idea of going outside one's network to increase diversity might be met with objection. In fact, nepotism, which in the US is viewed negatively, is a cultural expectation in China.
It would be amoral not to hire someone from you family if he or she needed a job. So what's the reality of diversity issues in China? The greatest efforts in China and most of Asia are increasing gender diversity. China's among the most successful countries in Asia at achieving gender diversity, with more than half of the work force being women and nearly 36% of senior managers. That being said, China still lacks women on corporate boards. In terms of race, there's really very little focus on increasing ethnic diversity in China, where the population's largely homogenous around race.
LGBTQ rights are also not great in Asia, and Beijing, China was rated the least welcoming city in the world for gays. So what works when it comes to diversity in China? Formal recruitment policies work well, but in fact, only half of companies currently have them. China might also consider more leadership programs, which have nearly doubled the number of women in leadership across Asia. There is great opportunity for businesses to grow in China, and their diversity and inclusion programs may evolve with that growth.
- How prioritizing diversity and inclusion is good for business
- Establishing accountability
- Creating a global diversity strategy
- Creating a localized strategy
- Using benchmarks to track the progress of your efforts
- Measuring diversity program success
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