Bringing your Whole Self to work is good for business
In today’s increasingly competitive global business environment, companies will need to draw upon the unique talent and diverse experience of every employee. Employees that feel free to bring their entire self and identify to work — faith and all — demonstrate higher levels of innovation, creativity, and positive working environments, directly affecting business success. On the other hand, organizations that have environments of exclusion, intentional or not, risk excluding the next great business solution, the next great product idea, or talent retention. See how our Whole Self training — developed with the Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute — can help.
Awards: Best Practices in Interfaith Understanding and Peace
Every two years in tandem with the Paralympic Games, we recognize CEOs who have advanced interfaith understanding, religious freedom and peace in several categories. These include: core business; social investment and philanthropy; advocacy and public policy engagement; and partnership and collective action. Meet the winners from 2018. The next awards will be August 23-25, 2020, in Tokyo at the Park Hyatt Hotel, within sight of the Paralympic Opening Ceremonies.
Corporate Religious Diversity Assessment (CRDA)
Today’s global corporations have many tools for measuring success as they pursue more respectful, inclusive and diverse workplaces. Efforts around religious diversity, equity and inclusion, however, may seem more difficult to evaluate. To answer that need, the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation (RFBF) and Tanenbaum present the Corporate Religious Diversity Assessment (CRDA). With the CRDA, global companies have a tool specifically to measure the success of their religious diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. Inspired by the Corporate Pledge on Religious Diversity & Inclusion, issued by the RFBF in 2016, the CRDA utilizes four major criteria as a framework for companies to evaluate their existing work around religious diversity and inclusion, as well as religious freedom, and identify and initiate next steps. Take the CRDA – it’s free!
One of the best ways companies can learn how to make their workplaces faith-friendly is to learn from the experiences of other companies. The Religious Freedom & Business Foundation holds regular seminars that showcase some of the fabulous work of companies on the cutting edge of religious diversity and inclusion. These include:
- – Salesforce has a Faithforce
- – Texas Instruments: 20 Years of Workplace Religious Diversity & Inclusion
- – Accenture and CVS Health: Business Success in a Religiously Diverse World
- – Tyson Foods: Workplace Chaplains
Corporate Pledge on Religious Diversity & Inclusion
Taking the Corporate Pledge Supporting Religious Diversity & Inclusion sends two clear messages to current and prospective employees: (1) you can work here without changing who you are; and (2) the company respects all employees and will not favor certain employees over others, and that’s good for the business of all.
The Pledge has four pillars:
- (1) We will promote sustainable development and innovative business by protecting freedom of religion or belief
- (2) We will not discriminate or harass employees on the basis of religion or belief
- (3) We will practice religious accommodation and inclusion
- (4) We will protect and promote freedom of religion or belief in our communities
IRF Business Roundtables
At the 2018 Global Business & Interfaith Peace Awards, former UN Secretary General Ban-ki Moon stated: “We need to think about how business can promote peace, reconciliation, and dialogue around the world. And also how interreligious understanding can really promote peace and dialogue.” In response, more than 20 CEOs immediately signed the Corporate Pledge on Religious Diversity and Inclusion. Also in response, the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation (RFBF), working with the International Religious Freedom (IRF) Roundtable, invites CEOs from around the world to form IRF Business Roundtables in their countries.
IRF Business Roundtables focus on responding to religious hate and aggression, such as the recent horrendous attacks in Sri Lanka, New Zealand and the US, where many multinational companies have had employees, customers, and stakeholders who were impacted by the violence. Contact RFBF president Brian Grim to participate.
The Religious Freedom & Business Foundation studies freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) and its impact on society, business and the economy. These studies and their findings are made available through various research articles and publications as well as in blogs and op-eds. Check out our free research resources, including a series of resources prepared for the World Economic Forum and Davos.
Also see our groundbreaking research showing that religion annually contributes nearly $1.2 trillion of socio-economic value to the U.S. economy, a study made possible in part by Faith Counts, an interfaith organization highlighting the value of faith in people’s lives.
For questions regarding any of these resources, please contact by email at any time: firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation?
The Religious Freedom & Business Foundation educates the global business community about how religious freedom is good for business, and engages the business community in joining forces with government and non-government organizations in promoting respect for freedom of religion or belief (FoRB). The Foundation places emphasis on helping businesses foster interfaith understanding and peace.
The Foundation is a non-partisan, charitable organization working with business people, academics, government officials and community leaders from multiple faiths (or of none) to accomplish its mission. The Foundation is a registered corporation and has IRS recognition as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization in the USA. It does not take a position on current political debates.