by Paolo Gaudiano and Ellen Hunt
In our conversations with corporate leaders and talent managers, we have heard numerous reasons why corporate executives decline the opportunity to take action to increase diversity within their organization. Here are our top eight:
1. We can’t get enough qualified candidates
This one is an all-time favorite. Yes, when you have a homogeneous company, it can be very difficult to get “diverse” candidates even to apply. This is also an issue if you are looking for more diverse candidates but insist on recruiting only from top schools. The winner in this category came from a friend of ours who was once speaking with a senior executive who was bemoaning the difficulty of finding minority candidates. When our friend asked if his firm had tried recruiting at HBCUs, the gentleman responded, “What are HBCUs?” Now, it may be OK for an average person not to know that HBCUs stands for Historically Black Colleges and Universities – but it’s not OK for a senior executive who claims to be trying his best to recruit diverse talent.