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A diverse leadership yields higher earnings

A diverse leadership yields higher earnings

Companies with the most diverse management teams have an operating profit margin of 12.6 percentage points more than the companies with the least diverse management teams, according to new research conducted by ISS and consultancy firm proacteaur based on data from PwC.
The study is based on data from more than 300 large and medium-sized Danish companies and the conclusion applies both when comparing within specific industries and across all types of businesses. 
 
“Diversity is first and foremost about respecting each other and seeing human diversity as a strength, but now we can also conclude that diversity management presents a significant benefit to the bottom line,” says Lotte Hjortlund Andersen, Head of CSR at ISS Denmark.
 
The research report shows that there is a significant difference in earnings between the most and the least diverse businesses, but also that the most diverse companies on average earn 5.7 percentage points more than the average of competitors in the same industry. 
 
Millions to be gained in diversity
In 2011, another study was conducted by ISS together with PwC, and it concluded that diverse teams earn 3.7 percentage points more on average than non-diverse teams. 
“Now, we have taken the next step and we are able to substantiate that the difference is even greater when we talk about diversity in management. There are millions to be earned in linking diversity to business,” says Lotte Hjortlund Andersen
 
Large untapped potential 
The new report also points out that there is still a huge untapped commercial potential in Danish management in relation to the diverse composition, which, among other things, include gender and ethnicity:
 
“For our own part, we now have good and tangible arguments for working more actively on diversity management. And I hope that the report's evidence-based conclusions will inspire other companies to work strategically with business-driven diversity,” says Lotte Hjortlund Andersen.
 
ISS continuously works towards optimising the work on diversity for the benefit of the business, employees and the community. In addition to the new study, the company has collaborated with one of the leading researchers in the field, Lotte Holck from Copenhagen Business School, who will investigate new ways to optimise diversity in ISS.
 
The new report ‘A diverse leadership yields higher earnings’ can be ordered by sending an e-mail to lotte.hjortlund.andersen@dk.issworld.com and can also be downloaded here

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ISS is a leading workplace experience and facility management company. In partnership with customers, ISS drives the engagement and well-being of people, minimises the impact on the environment, and protects and maintains property. ISS brings all of this to life through a unique combination of data, insight and service excellence at offices, factories, airports, hospitals and other locations across the globe. In 2018, ISS Group’s global revenue amounted to DKK 73.5 billion.