The challenges of running diverse and inclusive organizations also apply to airports of all sizes. There are indicators that many airports are already taking steps to tackle these issues and are interested in unlocking the potential benefits of a diverse and inclusive workforce. Airports are required when accepting federal funds, to administer Federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise programs that seek to provide equal opportunity for minorities and women. The administration of these programs provides tangible benefits to the airport and its surrounding communities, but there hasn’t been a comprehensive benefit-cost analysis for these programs.
The objective of this research is to develop guidance that (1) identifies and quantifies benefits, costs, and the economic impact of diversity programs, and (2) identifies diversity and inclusion benefits and implementation techniques.