Leading Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Leading Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

A Guide for Systemic Change in Multinational Organizations

Rohini Anand


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This book offers five proven principles so multinational companies can advance diversity, equity, and inclusion with a nuanced understanding of local contexts across countries and cultures.

It's easy to fall into the trap of using a single-culture worldview when implementing global DEI in organizations. But what makes DEI change efforts successful in one country may have opposite, unintended consequences in another. How do companies find the right balance between anchoring their efforts locally while pushing for change that may disrupt existing power dynamics?

This is the question at the heart of global DEI work. Along with practical advice and examples, Rohini Anand offers five overarching principles derived from her own experience leading global DEI transformation and interviews with more than sixty-five leaders to provide a through line for leading global DEI transformation in divergent cultures.

Local relevance-understanding markets and acknowledging local beliefs, regulations, and history-is essential for global success. This groundbreaking book explicitly details how to take local histories, laws, and practices into account in DEI transformation work while promoting social justice worldwide.


Rohini Anand:
Dr. Rohini Anand is CEO of Rohini Anand LLC, a company focused on strategic global diversity, equity, and inclusion thought leadership, coaching, and consulting. She was previously the senior vice president for corporate responsibility and global chief diversity officer for Sodexo. She is the recipient of many accolades, including the Mosaic Woman Leadership Award, the Women's Foodservice Forum Trailblazer Award, the Who's Who in Asian American Communities Award, and more. Anand serves on the boards of the Gates Foundation's WomenLift Health, Tent Partnership for Refugees, and Galt Foundation.