What Is a Diversity Audit?

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A diversity audit is a thorough review of an organization's employment practices related to the makeup of its workers. Audits examine the workplace to ensure the organization is meeting legal requirements and fulfilling any mission that relates to diversity initiatives among its workers. Organizations either use an internal team or an external contractor to conduct the audit.

Goals and Methods

Diversity audits examine specific workplace culture issues, including those related to race, culture, gender, sexual preference and religion. For instance, an audit typically researches topics such as past and ongoing conflicts, complaints, turnover rates and morale according to America's Job Exchange. Audits are conducted with different methods, utilizing tools such as surveys, data review, focus groups and individual interviews. An audit should reveal both the level of awareness of an organization's policies and how successfully they're being implemented, according to Global Excellence.

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