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ClarkHouse Human Capital sponsor CHRO Award for transformation

Updated: Nov 1, 2019

Co-founder Deborah Booth says they back HR leaders who think differently about true diversity.


SOURCE: https://chro.co.za/article/clarkhouse-human-capital-sponsor-chro-award-for-transformation


ClarkHouse Human Capital will be sponsoring the first-ever CHRO award for transformation, the winner of which will be announced during an exquisite gala dinner on 27 November 2019 at Summer Place in Hyde Park, Johannesburg, where the CHRO of the Year will also be announced.


ClarkHouse co-founder and director Deborah Booth says they have chosen to sponsor the Transformation Award because they believe in the science of diversity, and the measurable impact diversity has on organisations. In 2017, Clarkhouse was the first company in South Africa to bring together thought leaders from across the world and continent at the ClarkHouse Diversity Day. This critically acclaimed event provided a forum for South Africa’s top corporates to discuss diversity and how innovation, leadership and culture are essential to driving true transformation. 


“We believe it is essential that companies embrace true diversity instead of the box-ticking approach to transformation that is all too common,” says Deborah. “Diversity and transformation is a business imperative that needs to be carried through the thinking of the entire organisation and be part of every single person’s KPI’s. Diversity is actually a science and needs to be looked at as a complex set of human capital expressions from multiple angles. Innovation, Leadership and most importantly culture are as important as Transformation. The transformational part of the equation in turn also needs to be completely unpacked into Gender, Generational, LGBTQI and Race to truly get the full benefit of diversity.”

“We believe it is essential that companies embrace true diversity instead of the box-ticking approach to transformation that is all too common,” Deborah Booth

According to a 2018 study by McKinsey, which examined proprietary data sets for 366 public companies across a range of industries in Canada, Latin America, the United Kingdom, and the United States, companies in the top quartile for racial and ethnic diversity are 35 percent more likely to have financial returns “above their respective national industry medians.”


ClarkHouse Human Capital are active members and supporters of the 30% Club, an organisation which aims to develop a diverse pool of senior female talent within corporates globally. They are committed to better gender balance within organisations, especially focused on board and senior management.  Gender diversity is something Deborah says is just as important as having people from different ethnic and social backgrounds. Given the epidemic that is South Africa’s brain drain, she believes HR leaders can longer afford to sit on the sidelines when it comes to the strategic agenda within their respective organisations, which are now in a global completion for talent.


Deborah looks forward to seeing who will take top honours at the CHRO Awards, saying that she is proud to have been involved with the CHRO SA community, which has been successful in elevating the HR profession through networking and peer-to-peer learning events that enabled her to meet some of the nominees.


ClarkHouse is a human capital business enabler with a future-focused mind-set. Their advisory division works with Africa’s top corporates, helping them to understand how to achieve true diversity and transformation, and providing actionable plans that enable them to achieve their transformation goals. In addition, the company is well-equipped to assist organisations in meeting their human capital needs of tomorrow, today and assisting professionals to remain relevant in the marketplace. The unique offering of ClarkHouse Human Capital bridges the gap between overpriced search firms, professional services consultancies and the one-dimensional solutions offered by traditional recruitment agencies.

Deborah Booth Director of ClarkHouse Human Capital

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