Human Resources

Gartner Glossary

Diversity and Inclusion (D&I)

Diversity and inclusion (D&I) is a function of an organization or a subfunction within the HR function. The purpose of D&I functions is to ensure that the organization is comprised of diverse individuals (based on individual characteristics, values, beliefs, and backgrounds) and to foster a work environment in which all employees feel respected, accepted, supported and valued.

Organizations may refer to this function by different names, such as:

  • Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI)
  • Inclusion and diversity (I&D)
  • Diversity, inclusion and belonging (DI&B)

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