The Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion in the Space Industry

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The space industry is a driving force for innovation, economic growth, and human advancement.

As the sector continues to drive progress, it’s crucial for space organizations to understand not only the moral case, but also the substantial business benefits of diversity and inclusion. Embracing these values is the key to unlocking the collective power that will propel the industry to even greater heights.

Research consistently demonstrates that diverse teams are more innovative, productive, and ultimately, more profitable. We’re drawing on these staggering statistics to inspire space organizations to take the lead in fostering diversity and inclusion. By harnessing the full spectrum of talents, backgrounds, and perspectives, we can overcome the immense challenges that lie ahead and create a sustainable, prosperous future in space.


Increased Revenue and Profitability

  • A 2021 by McKinsey found that corporations identified as more diverse and inclusive are 35% more likely to outperform their competitors.
  • Diverse companies are 70% more likely to capture new markets, according to the Harvard Business Review.
  • According to a study by the Boston Consulting Group in 2018, companies that had a higher level of overall diversity experienced a 19% increase in innovation revenues and a 9% rise in EBIT margins on average. This finding is especially significant in the space industry, where success largely depends on innovation and the use of state-of-the-art technology.
  • Research conducted in 2020 revealed that companies having over 30% female executives performed better than those with 10-30%. Additionally, companies in the top quartile of racial and ethnic diversity outperformed fourth-quartile companies by 36% in terms of profitability.
  • Clear Company reported that companies with an equal representation of men and women in their workforce have the potential to generate up to 41% higher revenue. Additionally, according to McKinsey, gender-diverse companies have a 15% greater likelihood of achieving higher financial returns.
  • Throughout 2022, 55% of the companies that became inactive on the Fortune 1000 had either one or no women serving on their boards. In contrast, 45% of the companies on the index had at least 20% of their board seats held by women.
  • According to a research study carried out by Accenture in collaboration with Disability:IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities, companies that prioritize hiring individuals with disabilities generally tend to outperform others. Profit margins are around 30% higher, net income 200% higher, and 28% higher revenues.


Enhanced Collaboration, Engagement, and Decision Making

  • According to a report by People Management, teams with diverse backgrounds and experiences are 87% more effective at making decisions. The report indicates that gender-diverse teams make better business decisions 73% of the time, while teams consisting of individuals from different age groups and geographic locations make better decisions 87% of the time.
  • According to a projection released by Gartner for 2022, organizations that cultivate a diverse and inclusive culture in their frontline decision-making teams were expected to surpass their financial targets in 75% of cases. They added that gender-diverse and inclusive teams outperformed those that were less inclusive and gender-homogeneous by 50%.
  • McKinsey conducted a study that found employees who feel included in their organization are three times more likely to feel excited and committed to the organization’s mission compared to their peers who do not feel included.


Strengthened Reputation and Market Position

A company’s reputation and market position can be significantly influenced by its commitment to diversity and inclusion. Today’s consumers are increasingly conscious of the values held by the organizations they support, and many prefer to align themselves with businesses that prioritize inclusivity. A diverse and inclusive workforce can help a company appeal to a broader customer base, ultimately boosting brand loyalty and market share. By championing diversity, space organizations can enhance their reputation and solidify their position as industry leaders.

Governments and regulatory bodies are paying closer attention to diversity and inclusion within the business sector. As a result, companies that prioritize these values are more likely to receive favorable treatment in the form of grants, contracts, and other opportunities. In the space industry, where public-private partnerships are increasingly common, this can be a significant advantage.


Preparing for the Future

As the space industry continues to grow and evolve, it must adapt to the changing global landscape. Demographic shifts, technological advancements, and new market demands are all shaping the future of the industry. By embracing diversity and inclusion, space industry companies can better understand and respond to these changes, ensuring they are well positioned to thrive in the coming years.

As we explain in the Project IDD trilogy, diversity is the goal, and inclusion is the key. Research shows that job candidates are drawn to companies where they feel aligned with the organization’s values. A sense of belonging leads to higher retention and satisfaction, while a lack of alignment results in homogeneity and increased employee turnover.

It’s not about building a visibly diverse workforce for the sake of ticking boxes. Space organizations need to understand that creating a truly inclusive work environment is the only way to both attract and retain talent from all walks of life. Unlock the true power of inclusion in Project IDD.


Embracing diversity and inclusion is no longer simply a moral imperative – it is a business necessity for the space industry. The statistics outlined in this article provide an undisputable case prioritizing these initiatives, demonstrating that diverse teams are more innovative, productive, and profitable.

By fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce, companies in the space industry can unlock new heights of innovation, gain a competitive advantage, and ultimately secure a sustainable and prosperous future in space. The time is now for the space industry to take a bold step forward and champion diversity and inclusion, propelling us toward a brighter future for all.

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