Financial World’s A-List Could Take Hollywood’s Cue on Inclusion

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Frances McDormand pushed for diversity during her acceptance speech at the Academy Awards. Credit Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Reprinted from The New York Times by Andrew Ross Sorkin on June 18, 2018.

Frances McDormand, the actress who won an Academy Award this year for her performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, introduced much of the world to a new idea when she accepted her Oscar.

“I have two words to leave you with tonight: inclusion rider,” she said.

Throughout Hollywood, the concept of an inclusion rider — a special clause in the contract of a lead actor or actress or prominent director that insists on a guarantee of gender and ethnic diversity among the cast and crew — has become increasingly popular since then. The Oscar winners Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Brie Larson have said they would insist on one, as have the director and producer Ava DuVernay and others.

But what if inclusion riders took the leap from Hollywood to Wall Street? …

NY Times 6/18

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