The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) has launched a Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Toolkit available for any individual or business looking to incorporate inclusivity in their organisation.

Created by the IMA’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the D&I Toolkit includes best practices and a continuum to assess a company’s current efforts in D&I, key questions to ask before embarking on a D&I initiative, rules of engagement, and KPIs and metrics that can be used to measure D&I efforts.

IMA D&I Committee and primary author of the toolkit Karmin Bailey said: “Diversity and inclusion should be ongoing at organisations and continue to innovate and evolve. The D&I Toolkit is designed to be a starter pack or a checkpoint for companies looking to take the next step in not only recognising the importance of diversity and inclusion, but making it a larger part of its strategic plan as well.”

Building a D&I Toolkit is the next step in IMA’s D&I initiatives which began with the creation of the D&I Committee and a D&I Statement. This then evolved with the appointment of Linda Devonish-Mills as the association’s first director of diversity and inclusion in July 1, 2018 and the changing of IMA’s D&I Statement into a D&I Commitment. 

IMA recently used a D&I assessment tool from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) to assess its progress and identify areas of improvement. Devonsih-Mills said: ASAE’s assessment tool helped us to evaluate how to incorporate D&I into various areas of operation.

“It also inspired us to put together our own D&I Toolkit to serve both the larger management accounting community and business professionals in all industries. Our hope is that organisations take advantage of this free Toolkit and make positive changes in the D&I space.”

The IMA’s D&I Toolkit is available here.