At a recent gender diversity forum hosted by Ethisphere, in partnership with the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ), Equilar, Voya Financial and Norton Rose Fulbright, several experts were on hand to discuss the emerging value attached to prioritizing equity issues. In fact, one participant, Cindy Fornelli, Executive Director at CAQ, an autonomous, nonpartisan, and nonprofit public policy organization dedicated to enhancing investor confidence and public trust in the global capital markets, noted that almost half of the companies surveyed by Ethisphere are now disclosing their diversity initiatives, highlighting how diversity issues are of growing importance to both consumers and investors.
Hosted at the NASDAQ Market Site in New York City on February 7, the inaugural diversity forum aligned members of Ethisphere’s Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA) to connect and present interactive discussions on the benefits of and best practices in gender diversity, which Ethisphere’s Erica Salmon Byrne noted is not something that can be discussed in a vacuum. “True gender diversity will happen only when both men and women agree that there is a need to address gender issues across the board, from the boardroom to new hires,” Byrne said.
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