Sari Brody

Global Di­ver­sity and Lead­er­ship Man­ager, IKEA Group

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Sari Brody, Global Di­ver­sity and Lead­er­ship Man­ager at IKEA Group, tells Sonal Khetarpal about the com­pany’s con­tin­ued em­pha­sis on di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion. How do you ap­proach di­ver­sity? Di­ver­sity is good for busi­ness, but it is also a hu­man right. It is in­te­grated into ev­ery­thing we do – how we re­cruit, how we de­cide com­pen­sa­tion, se­lect in­fra­struc­ture, and iden­tify future lead­ers. We have to en­sure ev­ery in­di­vid­ual is treated equally and feels in­cluded. How do you dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion? Di­ver­sity is about get­ting dif­fer­ent kinds of peo­ple in. In the US, it is about race and na­tion­al­ity; in In­dia, it is about gen­der and in­te­grat­ing the dif­fer­ently-abled; in Ja­pan, it is about in­te­grat­ing the age­ing pop­u­la­tion. In­clu­sion is cre­at­ing the en­vi­ron­ment and in­fra­struc­ture to en­able and em­power. In­clu­sion is es­sen­tially cul­ture. It is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of ev­ery sin­gle em­ployee, not just the man­ager. What is the gen­der di­ver­sity in­dex at IKEA? Glob­ally, 54 per cent of our co-work­ers are women — 48 per cent are in lead­er­ship po­si­tions. In the C-suite, it is 50:50. We are now work­ing on hav­ing 50 per cent women lead­ers in all the coun­tries we are present in, across de­part­ments and func­tions. In In­dia, there are 46 per cent women in re­tail and 39-40 per cent in pur­chas­ing. But we are not rest­ing, be­cause if a com­pany stops put­ting em­pha­sis, it can very quickly slip back to the old ways. What are IKEA’s best prac­tices to­wards a di­verse cul­ture? We don’t force di­ver­sity, so we don’t have any quota or in­cen­tives. We do it be­cause it is the right thing to do. We fo­cus on emo­tional in­tel­li­gence. It is self-aware­ness that leads to the mind­set shift and the heart shift re­quired for cre­at­ing an inclusive cul­ture. We or­gan­ise work­shops and pre­sen­ta­tions to make our­selves aware of our priv­i­leges and bi­ases so we can in­tro­spect about our per­cep­tions. That is where learn­ing and change hap­pen. ~

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