It's More Than the Numbers: Organizational Culture and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
It’s exciting to see more organizations adopting the “Rooney Rule” (or Rooney Rule-like practices) to help improve diversity in the workplace. For those of you not familiar with the Rooney Rule, it is a practice fomented by Dan Rooney, the former chairman of the USA’s National Football League Diversity Committee and the former owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers football team.
The practice requires teams to interview minority candidates for top leadership openings in the league. After the NFL implemented the Rule in 2003, a number of high-profile global organizations have applied similar hiring policies and practices, including Amazon, Intel and Xerox.
While Rooney Rule initiatives are an admirable approach to addressing diversity, organizations need to view this challenge from a broader perspective if they are to address the other components of the diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) acronym, namely equity and inclusion.