REVISITING A STUDY ON THE EFFECTIVENESS OF AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PROGRAMS

by Patricia A. Schaeffer, Vice President-Regulatory Affairs

Last week I attended the American Bar Association’s National Conference on Equal Employment Law, which is a highly popular annual meeting of lawyers representing management, plaintiffs, unions, government, as well as in-house corporate counsel.

Speakers on the panel discussions involving diversity issues mentioned the study “Best Practices or Best Guesses? Assessing the Efficacy of Corporate Affirmative Action and Diversity Policies,” and they recommended participants read the actual study.

This study provides hard evidence that affirmative action programs, and other “responsibility structures” are the most effective approaches to improve management diversity, and it was the subject of a DCI client alert on October 12, 2006.

If you have not had an opportunity to review this memo or the study, this would be an excellent time.

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