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The GLF's Role in Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

The GLF has a critical role to play, as the voice of the industry, in improving Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging in the Telecoms industry.

Since 2019, the GLF Board has identified Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (“DIB”) as a priority and has developed thought leadership on the subject through its three annual reports.

In the 2022 report, 86% of GLF Board members noted that DIB was a “strategic” or “top” priority for their company. They cited several reasons for this importance including: inherently believing that increasing diversity was the right thing to, the requirement to reflect the customer base and improving commercial performance.

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The GLF DIB Reports

Inclusion must be the cornerstone of progress.

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The Fight for Diversity and Inclusion

In 2020, the ITW Global Leaders’ Forum (GLF) released a thought leadership report entitled “Driving Gender Diversity and Inclusion in the Telecoms Industry”. Thought to be the first, industry-specific report, the aim of the GLF in producing this piece of thought leadership was to drive awareness of gender diversity within the telecoms industry.

Outlined in this piece were steps that not only the GLF member organizations but also others in this industry can take going forward to ensure gender diversity and inclusion.

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The GLF's 5th Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Report

Marisa Trisolina - Chair of the DIB Working Group

Our first two reports focused primarily on the “diversity” pillar of DIB. In 2020, the focus was on gender, as this appeared to be the starting point for many of our GLF members’ DIB journeys. This focus was broadened in 2021 to include race, sexual orientation, disabilities, and age as key diversity axes; with a particular focus on racial diversity led by the increased attention systemic racism received globally due to the Black Lives Matter movement sparked by the George Floyd murder.



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