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The ISO 30415:2021 Framework

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ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organization with a membership of 167 national standards bodies around the world.

Through its members, it brings together experts to share knowledge and develop voluntary, consensus-based, market-relevant International Standards that support innovation and provide solutions to global challenges. You'll find their Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Human Resource Management
Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) ISO 30415:2021

In 2021 the ISO released its Standard for Diversity and Inclusion ISO 30415. This standard provides guidance on D&I for organizations, including their governance body, leaders, workforce and recognized representatives, and other stakeholders. It is intended to be scalable to the needs of all types of organizations in different sectors, whether in public, private, government or non-governmental organizations (NGO), regardless of size, type, activity, industry or sector, growth phase, external influences and country-specific requirements.

The ISO 30415:2021 presents fundamental prerequisites for D&I, associated accountabilities and responsibilities, recommended actions, suggested measures and potential outcomes. It recognizes that each organization is different and that decision-makers need to determine the most appropriate approach to embedding D&I in their organization, based on the organization’s context and any disruptive challenges that emerge.

The Standard supports organizations to embed D&I in their workplaces by providing guidance and methods on:

  1. Prerequisites for demonstrating an ongoing commitment to D&I;

  2. Accountabilities and responsibilities for D&I;

  3. Approaches to valuing diversity and fostering the development of an inclusive workplace; and

  4. Identifying D&I objectives, opportunities and risks, actions, measures, outcomes and impacts.

*Excerpt from ISO 30415:2021 (en) Human Resource Management - Diversity and Inclusion

Note: The ISO 30415:2021 was released in 2021 as a guidance standard, and as such, it currently leads an organization to achieve a non-accredited certification. Organizations are getting ahead of the curve to be able to achieve full certification as soon as it is available.

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