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New Online DEI Maturity Assessment Launched, Providing Organizations An Easy Way to Benchmark Their DEI Efforts

Developed and launched by ACC Foundation, ACC, and Ethisphere, this assessment will help measure where DEI programs are currently and outline key steps for improvement.

Washington – The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is proud to announce the launch of the ACC Foundation DEI Maturity Assessment, powered by Ethisphere. Developed through a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the teams at ACC and Ethisphere, this innovative resource takes the methodology to evaluate progress from the acclaimed ACC Foundation DEI Maturity Model and creates an online assessment module, which allows organizations to quickly and easily benchmark their DE&I efforts to those of their peers and receive back a written self-assessment generated by the module for the organization’s internal review. The best part is that this tool is offered as a free service by ACC and Ethisphere for use by the entire legal and business communities.

“Many leaders want to build or improve their DEI program and are just unsure of where to start or how to move forward as they face limited time and resources.  The ACC Foundation DEI Maturity Assessment is a game-changer to quickly and easily assess current DEI programs and identify short- and long-term steps for improvement,” said Jennifer Chen, executive director of the ACC Foundation.  “Building on the incredible work to develop the DEI Maturity Model, this partnership with Ethisphere is an exciting opportunity for us to help legal departments and entire organizations to easily identify the steps and tools needed to create comprehensive DEI-related policies, and it’s a free resource,” Chen emphasized.

“We all know that a diverse and inclusive workforce is central to long-term success of any organization, and a critical part of the ‘S’ in ESG. Bringing together Ethisphere’s expertise in enabling global leaders to measure and improve practices, with the ACC Foundation’s DEI Maturity Model, offers a truly efficient and impactful way to move forward on DEI. For us, it is also an opportunity to advance the DE&I values that are foundational to our work at Ethisphere. We are delighted to partner with the ACC team on this important initiative,” said Erica Salmon Byrne, CEO, Ethisphere.

“I am so grateful for the hard work and dedication behind the development of this new resource,” said Veta T. Richardson, ACC president and CEO. “I have been a DEI advocate for more than 25 years and I believe this combination of the ACC Foundation DEI Maturity Model with the power of Ethisphere’s innovative self-assessment technology has produced a truly groundbreaking new resource. I encourage all executives who are seeking to take their DEI efforts to the next level to sign on and take full advantage of this brand new resource!”

This insightful tool provides:

  • An immediate, quantifiable view of the maturity of your DEI program and how it compares to other organizations.
  • Practical insights into where DEI is addressed in business operations and internal and external processes.
  • Data on where your program excels and opportunities for improvement to help develop your own winning DEI program.


The ACC Foundation DEI Maturity Assessment is free to use. Learn more here.

About ACC: The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is a global legal association that promotes the common professional and business interests of in-house counsel who work for corporations, associations and other organizations through informationeducationnetworking, and advocacy. With more than 45,000 members in 85 countries employed by over 10,000 organizations, ACC connects its members to the people and resources necessary for both personal and professional growth. By in-house counsel, for in-house counsel.® For more information, visit and follow ACC on LinkedInTwitter, and Facebook

About the ACC Foundation: The ACC Foundation – a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization – supports the efforts of the Association of Corporate Counsel, serving the needs of the in-house bar through research, leadership and professional development opportunities in advancement of diversity and pro-bono initiatives. The ACC Foundation partners with corporations, law firms, legal service providers, and bar associations in the furtherance of these goals. For more information, visit

About Ethisphere: Ethisphere is the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices that fuel corporate character, marketplace trust, and business success. Ethisphere has deep expertise in measuring and defining core ethics standards using data-driven insights that help companies enhance corporate character. Ethisphere honors superior achievement through its World’s Most Ethical Companies® recognition program, provides a community of industry experts with the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA), and showcases trends and best practices in ethics with Ethisphere Magazine. Ethisphere also helps to advance business performance through data-driven assessments, benchmarking, and guidance. For more information, visit