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What is Ethnic Diversity?

Lead consultant at Test Partnership, Ben Schwencke, explains the importance of ethnic diversity in the workplace.

1:09 Quickly understand ethnic diversity.

Ethnic diversity in the workplace refers to the presence and equitable inclusion of individuals from varied ethnic backgrounds. It is a crucial aspect of broader diversity, which encompasses elements such as gender, age, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and ability.

Embracing ethnic diversity implies more than merely hiring employees from a range of ethnic groups. It involves creating an inclusive environment where everyone, regardless of their ethnic origin, feels valued, respected, and given equal opportunities for growth and advancement. It also includes fostering a workplace culture that is aware of, respects, and values the differences in traditions, perspectives, and experiences that employees of different ethnicities bring.

An ethnically diverse workforce brings a wealth of benefits to an organization. It enables a broader range of perspectives and ideas, driving creativity, innovation, and better problem-solving.

Companies with diverse workforces are often better equipped to understand and serve diverse customer bases and can enhance their reputation among potential customers, partners, and employees.

Ethnicity is often a legally protected group under many jurisdictions, making it an offense to discriminate against candidates or employees based on their ethnicity. This makes ethnic diversity particularly important when considering diversity and inclusion initiatives, and organizations are well-advised to avoid unintentionally discriminating against candidates based on their ethnic background.