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Supporting Your Company’s DEI Initiatives Through Immigration

Feb 5, 2024

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) professionals are the architects of corporate culture, driving change and fostering an environment where a multitude of voices are heard. In a recent LinkedIn study, companies with a DEI team were reported as 22% more likely to be seen as “an industry-leading company with high-caliber talent.” Among the Fortune 500 companies, over 150 now release regular reports on their DEI initiatives and statistics, highlighting an increased awareness of the importance of DEI in the workplace. 

In the pursuit of creating truly inclusive workplaces, HR professionals can strategically hire immigrants for DEI roles, adding a unique and valuable perspective to the team. In this blog post, we’ll explore the benefits of hiring immigrants for DEI positions and provide insights into the process of attracting, recruiting, and supporting international talent.

Utilizing Immigrant Perspectives in the DEI Space

Immigrants bring a wealth of cultural insights that can significantly enhance your DEI efforts. Their unique experiences provide a nuanced understanding of diversity that goes beyond traditional frameworks. Immigrant DEI professionals often have a global perspective, enabling organizations to navigate cultural nuances and create inclusive policies that resonate on an international scale.

You can learn more about the benefits of developing a diverse workforce in Boundless’ guide.

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Attracting Immigrant Talent for DEI Roles

DEI roles are increasing in popularity across many industries in the U.S. If you’re interested in leveling up your company’s DEI initiatives by hiring foreign talent, these tips may be helpful during the process: 

  • Inclusive Job Descriptions: Craft job descriptions that emphasize your commitment to diversity and inclusion. Clearly communicate your company’s values and showcase efforts to create a welcoming environment for immigrants.
  • Highlighting Career Development Opportunities: Emphasize your company’s commitment to professional growth and development of all employees. Immigrant candidates may be particularly attracted to organizations that offer pathways for career advancement and skill-building.
  • Building a Reputation for Inclusivity: Actively engage in initiatives that demonstrate your commitment to DEI, both internally and externally. Positive testimonials from diverse employees can enhance your employer brand and help attract top talent.

Looking for more information? We’ve put together a guide on why U.S. companies should hire foreign talent here.

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Learning How to Measure and Celebrate Success

One of the most important aspects of developing a strong DEI team is implementing clear metrics to measure the success of your DEI initiatives. Regularly assess the impact of immigrant DEI professionals on workplace culture and overall organizational performance. Recognizing and celebrating the wins of your immigrant DEI team members can also boost team morale and highlight the value they bring to the organization.

The Bottom Line

Hiring immigrants for DEI roles can be a transformative strategy, bringing fresh perspectives and global insights to your organization. By intentionally seeking out and supporting immigrant talent, HR professionals not only enrich their DEI teams but also contribute to the creation of a workplace where diversity is a driving force for innovation and success.

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If you’re an HR professional or company leader looking to hire international talent, get access to our business immigration solutions and in-house legal team here.