Equity vs. Inclusion: Why Equity Is ImportantM


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Equity and inclusion are intertwined concepts that drive workplace fairness. In recent years, a dynamic transformation has taken place in the interactions between employers and employees. These interactions, coupled with disruptive macroeconomic conditions, are influencing turnover and overall employee engagement. Equity aims to tackle structural and systemic barriers while inclusion focuses on cultivating a workplace environment that drives a strong sense of belonging for employees.

Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, organizations of all sizes made ambitious pledges and commitments on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) to enhance talent attraction and retention. Many organizations have fallen short of their stated objectives due to not having a comprehensive DEI strategy. Having such strategies can help businesses extend their reach and impact in the talent market, fuel innovation, and drive better business outcomes.

During the webinar, attendees will learn

  • How equity differs from inclusion
  • How to harness the power of equity to drive talent retention and build up a talent pipeline
  • The importance of DEI in business integration
  • Why belonging should be the ultimate objective of all DEI initiatives


Audra JenkinsAudra Jenkins, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CDE

Global chief equity officer, Randstad

Jenkins has more than 20 years of experience in human capital, diversity, supplier diversity, and client engagement. She drives the global equity, diversity, and inclusion (ED&I) team at Randstad and supports the company’s bold mission to become the world’s most equitable and specialized talent company. Prior to her current role, she was the chief diversity and inclusion officer for Randstad North America, which created an integrated ED&I business strategy and function under her leadership that received numerous awards. She has a master of business administration degree, is an active member of the World Economic Forum CDIO Community of Practice, a Certified Diversity Executive (CDE), a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), a Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), and a Six Sigma Green Belt. She is well known for her speaking engagements and thought leadership, and is the host of the award-winning “Diversity Deep Dive” podcast.

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