Managing Inclusion

Achieving our inclusion efforts is not a passive activity. It requires active engagement by everyone across our organization — leaders, managers, and contributors.


The NBA’s Global Inclusion Council, which oversees our diversity and inclusion strategies, is comprised of representatives from the league office and NBA and WNBA teams. The Council provides strategic guidance, establishes benchmarks, reviews policies, drives an inclusive and innovative culture, and serves as a catalyst for diversity and inclusion efforts worldwide.


The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida, led by Dr. Richard Lapchick, produces Racial and Gender Report Cards (RGRC) annually that assess the hiring practices of women and people of color via the racial and gender makeup of players, coaches, general managers, and league and team executives and staff.

The NBA has received an overall “B+” grade or higher on the RGRC since 2007. The WNBA has received an overall grade of “A” or higher on the RGRC since 2001, including the highest possible grade of “A+” since 2012.


NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is a signatory of the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace. Bringing together more than 300 CEOs of America’s leading organizations, the commitment outlines actions that participating companies pledge to take to cultivate a workplace where diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected, employees feel comfortable and encouraged to discuss diversity and inclusion, and where best known — and unsuccessful — actions can be shared across organizations.