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LONDON, United Kingdom —  When it comes to diversity and inclusion, consumers are holding brands to account with increasing scrutiny — the past 12 months alone are a testament to this. However, new data reveals that there are gender- and market-based nuances underlying this progressive consumer sentiment.

According to a study by merchandising firm First Insight, only 39 percent of women in the UK view female and minority representation in brand leadership positions important compared to 43 percent of men, while 48 percent of women see the benefit of retailers hiring chief diversity officers, compared to 55 percent of men.

Men and women in the United States, conversely, are largely aligned on the importance of diversity and inclusion in brands. Roughly half of both men and women in the US consider it important to have women and minorities in positions of leadership. The same proportion also feels that retailers and brands would stand to benefit from hiring chief diversity officers.

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