Odgers berndtson
Location and language Canada | EN

DEI Advisory

Diverse, equitable and inclusive workplaces are creative, high performing, safe, innovative, engaging, and fun to work in, as well as being able to deeply understand the unique wants and needs of the clients and communities they serve.

How we help our clients

We make organizations demonstrably more diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

At Odgers Berndtson we are striving to be diverse, equitable, and inclusive (DEI) through our extensive Allies Program, annual Unlimited Festival, and ongoing DEI upskilling program, however, we know we have more to do.

Cultural change takes a conscious decision to act - at organizational, leadership, and individual level; this is something we understand, and we can offer proven solutions and approaches to help you start, accelerate or refresh your DEI journey.

We believe in the five-step approach to becoming Equitable, Diverse, and Inclusive. This proven method has helped a number of businesses achieve their DEI ambition. Click here to read more about this approach.

Our DEI Consultancy Services

Our DEI Consultancy services are all delivered by people who have held senior DEI roles within a range of organizations:


Bespoke DEI consulting and strategy expertise, examples include:

  • Board and Exco-level strategy development and coaching.
  • Expertise on tap: a dedicated DEI expert available to support your DEI journey on a flexible basis.
  • KPI and Governance models.
  • HR policy and practice assessments for systemic bias.
  • SME for panels/events.
  • Competitor "outside in" benchmarking reviews.


Our learning pathway covers all DEI topics for employees from the shop floor to the C-Suite, examples include:

  • Becoming comfortable with...
    A suite of interactive and engaging workshops (delivered in a remote or in-person roadshow format) aimed at individual contributors on a range of key DEI topics including speaking up and psychological safety, why DEI is great for business, the roots of our unconscious bias, and more.
  • Becoming confident with...
    DEI topics aimed at leadership, including busting bias, being an effective ally, leading diverse teams, and inclusive leadership in action, to name a few.
  • Becoming experts in...
    A deep dive into specific topics including inclusive recruitment, inclusive performance management, inclusive language, being a DEI ambassador, and more.


Transforming smart data insights into high-impact actions by understanding the roots of your DEI challenge. Examples include:

  • Mapping who’s flowing in, up and out of your organization, where you are leaking talent, and where employees are being blocked.
  • Creation of your bespoke DEI business case – correlating business KPIs with team-level diversity.
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion maturity assessment of your policies and practices.
  • Performance heatmaps – identifying potential behavioural bias in your performance management cycle.
  • Predictive and prescriptive workforce analytics – what the future will look like, depending on what actions you take.

Why Odgers Berndtson

You probably know Odgers Berndtson as a global integrated leadership advisory firm. Our mission is to leave no stone unturned in providing our clients with diverse and highly competent candidates for roles which shape our society.

Recruitment, however, is only one step of the journey to being diverse, equitable, and inclusive. Put simply, you need to get, then promote and retain talent. If your culture is not inclusive, then any new hires who are not enabled to be themselves will swiftly exit to organizations that embrace this.

Our DEI Consultancy is:

  • Delivered by team members who have worked in DEI roles around the globe.
  • Action-oriented, supplemented with tactics, tools, and tips on how to make inclusion a reality within your business.
  • Fun, interactive, and memorable – because people are more likely to be engaged, remember the content, and actually do what they commit to in the upskilling.
  • A combined, evidence-based qualitative, and quantitative approach to this business challenge.


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