I think for me this says it all:
The evidence is talked away like we see with climate change deniers who say 'The evidence is that
there is climate change, but we do not think it is valid’ and offer no facts to back this.
Just like farmers who use organic methods and have biodiversity to support wild flora/fauna around
their crops, so employers can use cultural diversity and engage with it rather than mistrusting it.
Organic farmers who really engage with conservation bodies know it is a lot of effort - applying for
grants, for example - but there is support out there if you reach out; similarly employers who really
want to tackle gendered attitudes at work can access training for staff and take steps to promote
schemes that help with cultural shift.
The cynics will say: businesses are about profit. Sure, but organic farmers who grow their businesses
manage to do so in an environmentally conscious way, so it is equally disingenuous to lay the obstacles
solely at the feet of profitability because where there is the will for change then there will be a way and
money will follow (not always, of course).
Companies are scared of change because they fear it may compromise profits: but, without change,
you will be phased out of the market. Some change is not positive, but gender (and ethnic) diversification
is certainly not some crazy experiment of social engineering and should be thought through as a serious
boost for a company’s profitability AT THE SAME TIME AS a company’s workforce balance.