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May 21, 2015

To advance our knowledge of diversity, inclusion, and workforce and talent strategy, we gather and share relevant articles on a weekly basis. This week, we have identified the following articles of interest for the May 21, 2015, United Nations World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue & Development.

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McKinsey & Co.: The Four Global Forces Breaking All the Trends

Compared with the Industrial Revolution, McKinsey estimates that change is happening ten times faster and at 300 times the scale, or roughly 3,000 times the impact.
 
Four global disruptive trends:
  • The Age of Urbanization - By 2025, China will be home to more $1 billion-plus companies than either the U.S. or Europe, and one-half of the global GDP will come from 144 cities in emerging markets.
  • Accelerating Technical Change - A golden age of gadgetry, instant communication and apparently boundless communication shortens business lifespans and forces quicker decisions.
  • Challenges of an Aging World - But by 2013, about 60 percent of the world’s population lived in countries with fertility rates below the replacement rate. Caring for large numbers of elderly people will put severe pressure on government finances.
  • Greater Global Connections - The movement of capital, people, and information will leave traditional trading hubs and go to a complex, intricate, sprawling web.
CNN Money: What Workers Around the World Want: More Flexibility

Diversity Executive: Microsoft Joins Freddie Mac, SAP in Autism Hiring Initiatives

Diversity & Inclusion – Gender Focus
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UN Women: Human Rights of Women
UN Women finds that 143 out of 194 countries live up to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women by constitutionally guaranteeing equal rights for women. Yet, in practice, discrimination persists.
 
Highlights from the infographic:
  • In more than 60 countries, women are denied the right to acquire, change or retain their nationality and, therefore, take advantage of the privileges of citizenship.
  • Women earn between 10% and 30% less than men in 83 countries evaluated, leading to a higher incidence of poverty among women.
  • Husbands are the legally designated heads of households in 29 of 143 countries, so women do not control key family decisions.
  • Of the 1 billion people worldwide who lack basic literacy skills, more than 60% are women, giving women less access to economic resources and greater barriers to engaging in decision-making spheres.
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