As an international businessman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Vijay Eswaran has seen just how important diversity is in the world and in his business at the QI Group of Companies. The native of India attended college in London where he first fell in love with the concept of direct marketing. with the business that he co-founded in 1998 and its subsidiaries operating in around 30 countries globally, diversity has been important since the start of the business that he co-founded with Joseph Bismark. The world is complex and with new technology, it is more interconnected than it ever has been.
While diversity in business in the past used to mainly consist of ethnicity, race, and gender, Vijay Eswaran states that it now includes other things such as political and religious beliefs, education, disabilities, socioeconomic backgrounds, and many more. There are a lot of benefits that Vijay Eswaran has discovered when it comes to diversity in business that go well beyond looking good on paper. By having a diverse team, Vijay Eswaran is able to be exposed to a variety of different ideas and viewpoints that he may not have ever been aware of otherwise. Diversity is good for business and he believes that more companies are discovering this as time goes on.
Bringing together all of these different types of people is important for innovation according to Vijay Eswaran. Some of the best food that is popular today is a blend of different cultural tastes and preferences that when brought together create something completely new. Vijay Eswaran states that most of the most successful cities around the world are also some of the most diverse. According to research, there is a correlation between innovation and levels of high-skilled immigration in an area. Vijay Eswaran sees these melting pots such as New York and Dubai as very important to our future.