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The Future of Diversity

International Labour Organization




Workplace Gender Equality

The Future of Diversity

The Future of Diversity

The Future of Diversity book from the International Labour Organization offers new perspectives on the concept of diversity and the role diversity can play in the future world of work.

In this collection, scholars and practitioners reflect on the most appropriate interventions to create a more inclusive labour market for all. They explore the economic case for diversity and diversity management strategies, finding that diversity and inclusion must go hand in hand.

The book also sheds light on the policy dilemma between respecting individuals and countering structural inequalities, which often requires categorisation into groups. The authors remind us that there is diversity within diversity: not everyone receiving the same label has the same needs.

The book covers a range of issues including gender equality and mainstreaming, migration and ethnic diversity, racism, violence against LGBTI people and age discrimination. It is thus a rich source of inspiration for anyone wishing to move towards greater justice in the labour market.


  • Contributors
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Part 1. Diversity management and the economic case for diversity
    • Unpacking the business case for gender diversity
    • The tone at the top: Challenging diversity
    • Improving gender equality through collective bargaining
    • Commitment to inclusion as a diversity management strategy
    • Diversity, migration and the economy
  • Part 2. The illusion of equality – Inclusive structures needed
    • When home affects pay: An analysis of the gender pay gap among crowdworkers
    • The future of work for LGBTI people
    • Ageing in diverse societies
  • Part 3. Discrimination and violence that impede diversity
    • “You think you’re ‘one of the boys’ but you never really are”: The impact of discriminatory violence on the retention of women in the construction industry in Quebec
    • Feminist workplaces: “Safe spaces” for black women?
    • Recognising the legitimacy of a deep unease: Improving the analysis of systemic discrimination by considering microaggressions experienced in a society in denial about racism and sexism
  • Part 4. Exclusion by design and how to overcome it
    • The polymorphic conception of systemic discrimination: Unions between discourse and action in Quebec
    • State restriction of workers’ rights to equality, liberty, security and access to justice through employer-tied labour (im)migration programmes: The Canadian example
    • Who is a “migrant” in diverse societies? Blurred concepts and their policy implications
    • Rethinking diversity: A solution for the future
  • Conclusion: The future of diversity: Reflections on policy needs and research gaps

This report was originally published on the International Labour Organization website.

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