The Inclusion Imperative

How Real Inclusion Creates Better Business and Builds Better Societies

By Stephen Frost


The Inclusion Imperative showcases the inspiring commitment to inclusion the London Olympic and Paralympic Games’ organizing committee espoused. In it, Stephen details the techniques and frameworks that enabled it to truly deliver a ‘Games for everyone’ at London 2012.

Key features at a glance:

  • First non-academic publication to present a new kind of diversity and inclusion strategy based on rigorous testing and the latest research.
  • Utilizes the unique, untold social legacy back-story of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games to propose a groundbreaking new model that will help organizations deliver improved employee recruitment and retention, enhanced productivity and better decision-making.
  • Author has a strong international profile; as Vice President (Diversity) of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development he has access to the 130,000 members of CIPD worldwide and writes in their monthly magazine.
  • Foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and a long list of high profile endorsers, including: Henrique Gonzalez, HR Director, Rio 2016; Xavier Gonzalez, Chief Executive, International Paralympic Committee; Klaus Schwab, Founder, World Economic Forum; Crown Prince Haakon of Norway


Publisher: Kogan Page

Published: 2014

EAN: 9780749471293

Format: 232 x 154

Extent: 352 pages

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The Inclusion Imperative has something for everyone. For executive leaders or those new to the Diversity and Inclusion profession, it is a definite read, especially those in the business/corporate sector. Frost's reporting of data and research helps anyone who is working on developing an inclusion strategy. For those like myself, who are from the higher education sector, the book adds to the chorus and volumes of diversity research that is decades old; however, Frost frames diversity and inclusion in new, compelling ways that can aid our mandates and give it new life. Overall, I highly recommend the book.

Ryerson University and Executive Editor of Institutional Diversity Blog
Denise O'Neill Green

The Inclusion Imperative has opened up a whole new way of thinking about how we work together in the modern world. We are using it as a guidebook for how to organize large projects here in Minnesota, like our plans to host the 2023 World's Fair EXPO, in ways that change the communities they touch for the better. It is inspiring because it is based on the actual experience of one of the largest and most successful global projects ever undertaken and it is so helpful by giving specific ideas, advice, and suggestions applicable to all of the challenges we face- no matter how small or large.

Former Secretary of State, Minnesota
Mark Richie

This is the book on diversity we've all been waiting for. The fact it has never been undertaken before is an indictment on business. The fact it now can be applied, offers me hope.

CEO, London 2012
Lord Paul Deighton

One more sceptic converted, one more step to real inclusion, one step closer to improving the state of the world. I implore any senior executive who cares about wider society to read this book

World Economic Forum
Klaus Schwab

Phenomenal – I have never seen such a holistic, strategic and effective mandate for organisational change.

Academic Dean, Harvard Kennedy School
Iris Bohnet

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