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40 Powerful Diversity And Inclusion Quotes for a Stronger Company Culture

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Establishing equality is a top challenge that the entire human society is facing at the moment. Businesses and specifically people management can play a significant role in this regard by working on the diversity and inclusion policies and strategies in the workplace.

In the workplace, equality is making sure people are given equal opportunities, equal pay and are well accepted for their differences. It is about fostering a safe, secure and inclusive workplace where people with diverse backgrounds can thrive.

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Here are 40 Diversity and Inclusion Quotes to inspire a stronger company culture:

1. Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization. ~Mahatma Gandhi

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2. Diversity is about all of us, and about us having to figure out how to walk through this world together. ~Jacqueline Woodson

3. Diversity and inclusion, which are the real grounds for creativity, must remain at the center of what we do. ~Marco Bizzarri

4. When we listen and celebrate what is both common and different, we become a wiser, more inclusive, and better organization. ~Pat Wadors

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5. An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. ~Martin Luther King, Jr

6. We are all different, which is great because we are all unique. Without diversity, life would be very boring. ~Catherine Pulsifer

7. A lot of different flowers make a bouquet. - Islamic Proverb

8. We have a very diverse environment and a very inclusive culture and those characteristics got us through the tough times. Diversity generated a better strategy, better risk management, better debates, and better outcomes. ~Alan Joyce

9. Inclusivity means not ‘just we’re allowed to be there,’ but we are valued. I’ve always said: smart teams will do amazing things, but truly diverse teams will do impossible things. ~Claudia Brind-Woody

10. When everyone is included, everyone wins. ~Jesse Jackson

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11. D&I needs to be something that every single employee at the company has a stake in. ~Bo Young Lee

12. A diverse mix of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone. ~Sundar Pichai

13. It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength. ~Maya Angelou

14. The greater the diversity, the greater the perfection. ~Thomas Berry

15. What divides us pales in comparison to what unites us. ~Edward Kennedy

16. Diversity is the mix. Inclusion is making the mix work. ~Andres Tapia

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17. Unity, not uniformity, must be our aim. We attain unity only through variety. Differences must be integrated, not annihilated, not absorbed. ~Mary Parker Follett

18. It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences. ~Audre Lorde

19. Diversity is not how we differ. Diversity is about embracing one another’s uniqueness. ~Ola Joseph

20. Good leadership requires you to surround yourself with people of diverse perspectives who can disagree with you without fear of retaliation. ~Doris Kearns Goodwin

21. Inclusion and fairness in the workplace . . . is not simply the right thing to do; it's the smart thing to do. ~Alexis Herman

22. Let’s stop believing that our differences make us superior or inferior to one another. ~Con Miguel Ruiz

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23. Companies that embrace diversity and inclusion in all aspects of their business statistically outperform their peers. ~Josh Bersin

24. Diversity: the art of thinking independently together. ~Malcolm Forbes

25. We have become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings,different hopes, different dreams. ~Jimmy Carter

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26. Strength lies in differences, not in similarities. ~ Stephen R. Covey

27. Inclusion is not a matter of political correctness. It is the key to growth. ~ Jesse Jackson

28. Diversity may be the hardest thing for a society to live with, and perhaps the most dangerous thing for a society to be without. ~ William Sloane Coffin Jr.

29. Many conversations about diversity and inclusion do not happen in the boardroom because people are embarrassed at using unfamiliar words or afraid of saying the wrong thing — yet this is the very place we need to be talking about it. The business case speaks for itself — diverse teams are more innovative and successful in going after new markets." ~ Inga Beale

30. If you haven’t hired a team of people who are of color, female, and/or LGBT to actively turn over every stone, to scope out every nook and cranny, to pop out of every bush, to find every qualified underrepresented founder in this country, you’re going to miss out on a lot of money when the rest of the investment world gets it. ~ Arlan Hamilton

31. We all have the ability to promote a culture of acceptance and inclusion — and that is something I believe every leader has a responsibility to do. It starts with having a dialogue until we are all comfortable and no longer have the fear of saying the wrong thing. ~ Inga Beale

32. We know that diversity can sometimes be more uncomfortable because things are less familiar – but it gets the best results. ~ Megan Smith

33. I do think that treating everyone equally no matter where they come from, no matter who they are and what role they have, is a big key, because you never know who you’re talking to, really. You never know where they’ve been. You never know where they’re going. So, it just makes a lot of good sense to treat everyone the same and treat them well. ~ Arlan Hamilton

34. Gender and racially diverse teams perform better, innovate more, and improve economic quality. ~ Stephanie Lampkin

35. Diversity is a fact, but inclusion is a choice we make everyday. As leaders, we have to put out the message that we embrace, and not just tolerate, diversity. ~ Nellie Borrero

36. What’s often ignored is that diversity is not only a pipeline or recruiting issue. It’s an issue of making the people who do make it through the pipeline want to stay at your company. ~ Andrea Barrica

37. Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance. ~ Verna Myers

38. Diversity, or the state of being different, isn't the same as inclusion. One is a description of what is, while the other describes a style of interaction essential to effective teams and organizations. ~ Bill Crawford

39. If you hire only those people you understand, the company will never get people better than you are. Always remember that you often find outstanding people among those you don't particularly like. ~ Soichiro Honda

40. If you haven’t got the best talent you’re not going to be the best, if you’re not representing properly the available pool of talent then you’re missing an opportunity. ~ Alex Wilmot-Sitwell

This article is written by Darshana Dutta. She works as a Content Creator and Digital Marketer at Vantage Circle. She writes extensively on trends around employee engagement and transforming company culture. For any related queries, contact editor@vantagecircle.com