Diversity in Energy Op-ed: Investing in D&I is Investing in the Future

Here’s why continuing to improve diversity and inclusion throughout the energy services and technology sector is an opportunity to accelerate growth and innovation.

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I recently read in a survey published by Momentive that 47% of C-suite executives believe diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives are a distraction from their company’s real work, and I was astounded.

I hope this finding isn’t an accurate reflection of what executives think. I believed corporate leaders understood the business value of a diverse team. The study left me wondering whether I have been naïve or blind to reality. Do we have an even tougher job than we realize to show the business imperative of an inclusive culture?

While we know there is considerable work ahead to achieve meaningful change, the study shines a light on the need to continue educating by the numbers. Not only is this the right thing to do, but diverse companies perform better in an array of business measures. With the growing globalization of the economy and the energy industry, continuing to improve diversity and inclusion (D&I) throughout the energy services and technology sector is an opportunity to accelerate the growth and innovation we’ll need to meet rising energy demands and reduce emissions.

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