Wednesday 18 April 2018


Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

Judith Sloan (Opinion, 17 April) questions the methodology of our Leading for Change report on cultural diversity and leadership.

The methodology used in the report is consistent with academic and industry studies of cultural background, as well as international monitoring practices. The University of Sydney Business School was a co-author of the report, along with Asia Society Australia and the Committee for Sydney.

Ms Sloan may find the report uncomfortable reading, but I welcome the debate and discussion the research has stimulated. There is significant under-representation of cultural diversity among the senior leaders of our organisations. We should ask why.

Ms Sloan's criticisms are not shared by the many business leaders and company directors who recognise the importance of getting things right on cultural diversity.

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The Australian