Glossy (fake) reporting is ruining inclusion efforts. Here's what I see:
Too many corporate inclusion leads only share wins. Aka: “yay: a 15% increase in retention of X group” without acknowledging the full picture of remaining problems.
(Yes, I understand the intense pressure to show your work is successful. But also…)
Only sharing wins stalls progress because if your leaders/colleagues think everything is hunky-dory, they might not feel any sense of urgency to fix/fund things that still need fixing.
What's more, one-sidedly-positive DEI reporting sends a terrible message to those facing bias and/or exclusion. You're signaling, “your truth doesn't count - we care more about making numbers look good - not about fixing roadblocks and hostilities you face."