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Bloomberg Law: Corporate diversity now includes religion

23 Feb, 2024

President of RFBF, Brian Grim, was quoted in a Bloomberg Law article on the importance of embracing religious diversity in the workplace. He believes that a community of different identities & views can foster team-building & avoid polarization.

Companies Embrace Religion as New Facet of Diversity Efforts

Feb 1, 2024, article by Khorri Atkinson

From the article …

Forty-three Fortune 500 companies have publicly reported having faith-oriented ERGs, up from 37 companies in 2022, according to a recent report by the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, a nonprofit that advises employers on religious issues. Their ERGs have members from various faiths including Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Sikhism, and even Atheism.

“It’s happening. Companies aren’t necessarily broadcasting it yet because they want to make sure it works and get some track record before they sort of go public with what they’re doing,” said Brian Grim, founding president of the RFBF.

“There’s been a growing recognition of religious diversity in America,” Grim said. “Companies see that the workforce isn’t like it was 30 years ago” because it’s getting more diverse with both workers of minority faiths and those who aren’t affiliated with a particular faith.

A community of different identities and viewpoints can foster team-building and avoid polarization, but without care and sensitivity, these groups can lead to misunderstanding and conflict, Grim said.

“One of the things that many companies have found is that people won’t just join an interfaith group” because there’s a presumption it would “water down our faith,” he said.

“That’s like, well, ‘Do I have to pretend like I don’t believe what I believe and come sing kumbaya?’” Grim said. Instead, having faith-specific groups under an interfaith umbrella are more likely to effectively engage workers while creating opportunities for interfaith collaborative ventures, he said.

Daring to Overcome the Barriers that Divide

20 Feb, 2024

By Brian Grim

I’ll make a presentation, Unity in Diversity: Daring to Overcome the Barriers that Divide. Indeed, polarization is on the rise In countries around the world often fueled by narratives that suggest minorities are a threat to historic majorities. Such narratives view diversity as a liability rather than an asset. What is often overlooked is the economic benefits of engaged pluralism, which we refer to as covenantal pluralism.

In societies where people’s right to belief and behave according to their beliefs are protected and respected, development is much more sustainable largely because such societies are not only more innovative, but are more peaceful – a critical condition for sustainable development. These findings not only apply at the macro level, but at the micro level. Specifically, a growing number of businesses are embracing culturally inclusive workplaces, celebrating the backgrounds and cultural identities of all employees.

Indeed, in a business (or any organization), a culture of belonging and inclusion is associated with high performance, less attrition, better recruitment of talent, and bottom line success. This presentation will give examples from some of the biggest and best global corporations, showing how these principles work and can position any organization, community or country for success.

London: Economics of Faith & Belief

10 Feb, 2024

The inaugural UK Faith at Work conference, The Economics of Faith & Belief Inclusive Workplaces, will be held in London on 4th March.

This conference is aimed at senior leaders across business and government to explore the research and best practice which links faith & belief friendly workplaces with greater employee wellbeing and improved organisational performance.

By gathering together leading employers from across the UK, in both the public and private sectors, we will explore how organisations that embrace a faith & belief inclusive culture can gain a competitive advantage in talent acquisition, retention and overall productivity.

We are very much hoping that Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will give the opening speech to the conference. Updates to follow.

Jaipur Directors Roundtable

10 Feb, 2024

By Brian Grim

At the Jaipur Literature Festival, India, I participated in a open, uncensored panel discussion of the challenges of free speech in a polarized world. The discussion was with literature, conference, and festival leaders from around the world, including India (Hindu and Muslim participants), Indonesia, Kenya, Germany, the US, UAE, and Bhutan. I shared how the covenantal pluralism movement within corporations to be faith friendly is opening new doors. it was a new idea to everyone.

Hope in a troubled world.

Be Well. Do Good. Stay Connected.

10 Feb, 2024

A corporate motto that puts people first.

Fortune 500 company Equinix empowers its people to care for others.

“There’s an ability now within corporations to help and make an impact in the world that there never really was before. The world is filled with things that need our help. Being able to work at a company that is so globally minded beyond just the bottom line is incredibly hope giving. You get to bring your full humanity and do everything in your power.”

Join them as they tell their stories of supporting bilingual schools, science education, combatting human trafficking, caring for orphans, and more! All with the motto, Be Well. Do Good. Stay Connected.

SHRM: Navigating Religious Inclusion at Work, by T. Agovino

1 Feb, 2024

“As cultural change and new legal precedents are increasingly bringing religion to the forefront in the workplace, employers are left wondering how—and whether—they can draw a line between employees’ work and religious practice,” writes Theresa Agovino in the forthcoming issue of All Things Work from HR Magazine (SHRM, Feb. 3, 2024).

Among those interviewed are Brian Grim:

:Conversations about faith can help quell dissent over accommodations, says Brian Grim, founding president of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, an Annapolis, Md.-based nonprofit that educates leaders, policymakers and consumers about the positive benefits that faith can have in the workplace.

“’Respect, empathy and humility are core values espoused by most religions,’ Grim says. ‘While some religious beliefs might be offensive to others, those core values aren’t. In religious DE&I initiatives, it’s important to define what they are about and what they aren’t. Among other things, they are about information, engagement and celebration; they are not about dogma, proselytizing or the culture wars.’”

Respect, empathy and humility are core values espoused by most religions. While some religious beliefs might be offensive to others, those core values aren’t.” —Brian Grim

DELL, Google, Equinix, SAP, Salesforce & AJC jointly host Holocaust Remembrance Day event

1 Feb, 2024

In commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27), and at a time of resurgent global antisemitism, Dell Technologies, Google, Equinix, Salesforce, SAP with the American Jewish Committee (AJC), jointly sponsored a special program dedicated to honoring the memory of the victims of the Holocaust and fostering awareness to ensure that the lessons of the past are never forgotten.

Hear from Holocaust educator Todd Hennessy, introduced by Google VP of YouTube Americas, Tara Walpert Levy, also discussed the events of the 1930s that led up to the Holocaust.

Gain insights from a panel of company employees–all descendants of Holocaust survivors and victims–as they discussed the significance of being living memorials and custodians of the memories of the Holocaust. And explore allyship resources that aim to ensure that the profound meaning of “Never Again” is upheld.

Conversation with Forbes’ Seth Cohen on new Faith + Business Community

21 Jan, 2024

Above, tune into this conversation with Seth Cohen, Chief Impact Officer @ Forbes, hosted by RFBF’s Brian Grim, on the new community created by Forbes to share ideas and discuss how faith, business, entrepreneurship and creativity can work together to help make the world more prosperous. You can join the group’s LinkedIn page here.

The Forbes Faith + Business Community recently launched a LinkedIn Group for a global network of individuals applying their talent and time to the intersection of faith, business, entrepreneurship and creativity. The community is open to any individual who is interested in sharing and exploring content, ideas, opportunities, and initiatives that are faith-focused. Community members include executives, educators, entrepreneurs, investors, NGO leaders, policy makers, content creators, and many others.

This community is open and inclusive, the common denominator among all Forbes Faith + Business members is the willingness to share ideas, opportunities and solutions, all in a respectful and open-minded way. This isn’t a place for overly insistent self-promotion (although sharing your work and efforts is invited), its a place to discover new approach an allies, while also sharing stories and learnings we can all grow from.

Now, more than ever, leaders are grappling with all of these issues and more as they struggle with talent shortages, high rates of turnover, disengaged workers, a wobbly economy and the escalating pace of change. That’s why we created this digital forum — so ideas can be heard, partnerships can be nurtured, and solutions can be found. We are glad you found us, and we are looking forward to helping the world work better – together.


The Forbes Faith + Business Community is an initiative of the Forbes Impact Lab. The content posted herein is the opinion of the individual posting the comment and is not to be deemed the opinion of Forbes Media. For questions, comments and collaborations, please contact Seth Cohen, Chief Impact Officer, Forbes Media.

Faith in Action: Religion and Spirituality in the Polycrisis

17 Jan, 2024

By Brian Grim

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 17 January 2024 – Join a LIVE discussion today (11:15am ET / 17:15 CET) of new insights from a World Economic Forum report released today showing how faith-based groups, including traditional religious institutions, interfaith alliances and faith-motivated investors, are forming innovative partnerships with the private sector to advance efforts on climate action, responsible technology, and other areas.

The report highlights how RFBF’s REDI Index helps organizations champion religious freedom in the workplace.

Faith in Action, produced in collaboration with the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, the Abu Dhabi Forum for Peace, the World Evangelical Alliance, Bhumi Global, Council for Inclusive Capitalism and others, details eight impact case studies on the environment, health, resilience and technology governance.

World Economic Forum report features REDI Index 🚩

The Corporate Religious Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (REDI) Index — now in its fifth year — is the industry standard benchmarking tool for an organization’s commitment to including religion & belief as part of its overall diversity initiatives.

REDI Index companies recognized in the World Economic Forum report include top scoring Intel Corporation with American Airlines, Equinix, PayPal, Salesforce, and DELL Technologies rounding out the top six.

If you haven’t signed up yet, your organization can join companies worldwide in the REDI journey!

From the World Economic Forum report: