IMD Position

Over the last few weeks, global anti-racism protests and the havoc wreaked by the COVID-19 pandemic on many communities and countries have exposed social inequalities in a very bright light, and provided all of us with the impetus for renewed action. 

As a global, independent academic institute, we are guided by a strong sense of purpose: Challenging what is and inspiring what could be, we develop leaders who transform organizations and contribute to society in a positive and sustainable way. This purpose anchors our sphere of influence to the world of business and learning, while also compelling us to lead by example.

Focusing on the role of business in society, we believe that a sense of shared responsibility along with a genuine commitment to long-term, meaningful action is vitally important if society is to confront and resolve the issues that continue to affect in disproportionate ways the most vulnerable and disadvantaged among us. In our work with executives and organizations, we actively challenge the conscious and unconscious biases of our community and audiences, including the more than 11,000 senior executives with whom we work annually. We encourage business leaders to consider the impacts of their decisions, to reduce deeply engrained inequalities and to contribute to an inclusive and sustainable future.

Closer to home, we strive to ensure that IMD is free from discrimination based on race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic. Our goal is that IMD will be an even safer and welcoming place for all people – a place that encourages open debate with compassion, respect and support.

Making the world of work – the part of the world we can influence most – more diverse, inclusive and fair will be an ambitious pursuit. We know that reaching this goal requires more effort on our part. We take our mission and responsibility to heart, and are committed to intensify our efforts in four key areas:

  • Ensuring that IMD’s stance against any form of discrimination and injustice continues to be enshrined in our values and beliefs and is applied in our daily interactions
  • Overseeing broader diversity in our workforce and creating an even more inclusive environment for all our constituents, led by our Head of Diversity & Inclusion supported by our Executive Committee, Faculty and Staff
  • Intensifying our research efforts in the areas of diversity, inclusion and fairness
  • Ensuring that we include these topics in all our leadership development programs

These commitments will contribute to advancing the journey ahead of us. We, as academic institutions, do not change the world by ourselves, although we can influence current and future leaders in positive directions.

We at IMD are committed to encourage and help leaders to strive for a more diverse, inclusive and fair future. Self-reflection is a first step to achieve this because it all starts with the person in the mirror. We encourage you to join us on this meaningful journey.

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