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Whole Self: Understanding Religious Diversity & Belief

“By bringing religious diversity fully into corporate Diversity and Inclusion efforts, companies will be in a better position to more holistically address the needs of all employees.”

Michael Bodson
President and CEO
DTCC

Studies show that the most successful businesses encourage an environment in which employees can bring their “whole self” to work. Employees need to feel comfortable, willing, and able to talk about what is most important to them. Employers benefit when they recognize and respect an employee’s religious identity, including their beliefs and practices.

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 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.

As companies globalize, they’ll need employees who can relate to the daily experience of increasingly diverse customers. For billions of potential customers, including in the world’s fastest-growing economies, religious belief and practice are a part of daily life. Having employees who understand the ways religion manifests in private and public life will help companies avoid costly missteps and develop products and services better tailored to customer needs, and an essential part of being competitive.

Business Success in a Religiously Diverse World

The Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, in collaboration with the Religious Freedom Center, has developed education programs for businesses and organizations across the globe, including full and half-day seminars focused on middle management and executives. The overarching curriculum for these programs will focus on three main areas:

Knowledge

First, participants will develop an understanding of the empirical evidence illustrating the value that religious liberty, religious diversity, and religious inclusion play in business strategy, corporate policy, and economic growth.

Skills

Second, the curriculum will include an emphasis on skills participants can develop, such as religious literacy, to help cultivate an appreciation for the religious needs and requirements of employees and customers and promote understanding across differences.

Action

Third, participants will learn frameworks that can be implemented to help them lead effectively in a world of growing religious diversity, such as the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation’s Corporate Pledge Supporting Religious Diversity & Inclusion. The Pledge empowers businesses to send 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. Participants will also learn strategies that help businesses navigate religious freedom as it pertains to other freedoms in the workplace and marketplace.


Contact

For questions regarding our executive seminars and training, please contact Paul Lambert.

Paul Lambert | Executive Business Consultant, Religious Freedom Center
FREEDOM FORUM INSTITUTE
plambert@freedomforum.org

Download: Workplace Religious Diversity & Inclusion Brochure


Research and Data

Examine facts, figures, and analysis on the impact of religious liberty on society, business, and the economy. Learn more ›


THE CHALLENGE

Within the business community, many leaders receive little to no education about the significance of religious liberty, religious diversity, and religious inclusion in business and how it impacts the bottom line. As a result, many fail to build strategies, practices and protocols that reflect appropriate religious understanding, accommodations, HR policies. This can result in significant costs and losses, ranging from missed market opportunities, lower employee morale and retention to lawsuits and litigation.

THE SOLUTION

Through our Executive Seminars & Training offerings, developed by our expert faculty, participants will learn the value that religious liberty, religious diversity, and religious inclusion play in business strategy, corporate policy, and economic growth. Additionally, participants will receive strategies for helping their businesses navigate religious freedom in the workplace and gain an appreciation for employees’ religious needs. Our faculty is made up of expert practitioners and academics experienced in delivering education programs to CEOs and government leaders from around the world.