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The foundation of ICF's values is a shared commitment to diversity, inclusion and belonging as we work to make coaching an integral part of a thriving society.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging at ICF (DEIB)

At ICF, it is our vision to make coaching an integral part of a thriving society, and to make that happen, we must first ensure coaches have the ability and support to thrive in their own right. Each day we are working towards creating a more diverse, equitable, inclusive and just coaching profession for all professional coaches and clients worldwide.

After conducting our diversity audit, ICF has established four DEIB meaningful focus areas and goals for fiscal year 2024. These areas were strategically developed to ensure we are creating an inclusive and equitable coaching community in two capacities: ICF operations and stakeholders. 

As members of the ICF community, we ascribe to the core values of professionalism, collaboration, humanity and equity. The foundation of these values is a shared commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

4 Meaningful Focus Areas

  1. Expand global representation for underrepresented communities to ensure inclusion and belonging throughout our ecosystem.
  2. Invest in education to increase diversity intelligence and provide professional development opportunities for leaders, volunteers, staff, ICF Members and other stakeholders.
  3. Create an accessible environment for all stakeholders with any disability.
  4. Establish policies that reinforce equity throughout the coaching profession and ICF community.

ICF FY24-Q2 Diversity Report Card

2022 Member Belonging Key Findings Based on Demographics

In 2022, we conducted our first member belonging survey. We shared the aggregated results with all respondents in our State of Diversity White Paper. As a reminder, the member belonging survey was distributed to over 23,700 ICF members. Members were selected randomly, and more than 1,800 responses were received (7.5% response rate).

We compiled the results of the survey into a summary document, in which the key findings are filtered based on demographics.  Please refer to the white paper for exact response rates for each demographic group.


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