Transforming through diversity and inclusion capability: The pathway to achieving diversity benefits

Young, Celeste, Jones, Roger ORCID: 0000-0001-6970-2797, Rasmussen, Bruce ORCID: 0000-0001-5779-0339 and Maharaj, Neelam ORCID: 0000-0002-8101-9330 (2019) Transforming through diversity and inclusion capability: The pathway to achieving diversity benefits. Australian Journal of Emergency Management Monograph, Monograph No. 5. pp. 35-44.


A key driver for building diversity and inclusion (D&I) in emergency management organisations (EMOs) is to better represent diverse cohorts and ensure EMOs and their communities become more resilient to natural hazards. While EMOs have made some progress, dynamic transformation is required to effectively manage the rapidly changing contexts they and their communities face. Central to this is the need to expand the current service–client relationship to become a more inclusive partnership model that builds resilience. This paper reports on Phase 2 of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre project Diversity and inclusion: Building strength and capability, which aimed to develop a D&I framework for the emergency management sector (EMS). Key aspects are: [1] A process framework to guide organisations by linking strategic objectives to day-today decision making and integrates D&I practice into organisational systems; [2] Identification and development of specific strategic and people-based capabilities and skills; [3] Management of risks arising as a result of D&I shocks; and [4] A process to measure and manage progress and assess the benefits derived from investment.

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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
Current > Division/Research > Institute for Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities
Keywords Diversity, Emergency management organizations,Inclusion
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