Top 50 Companies for Diversity 2011

job interview If you're looking for companies that have plenty of professional opportunities for everyone, regardless of ethnicity or gender, you might check out the recently released Diversity Inc. 11th annual Top 50 Companies for Diversity list. You may or may not be surprised to see that the number one company, based on CEO commitment, human capital, corporate and organizational communications and supplier diversity is none other than mega health-services conglomerate Kaiser Permanente. Food services and facilities management giant Sodexo came in second.

"Diversity" these days means so much more than hiring minorities. These honors also take into consideration opportunities for diversity in management and upper level positions, and how much effort is made to seek out diverse suppliers, among other factors. To determine the list, Diversity Inc. sends out surveys to all interested companies with at least 1,000 employees. 535 of the major corporations in America chose to participate.

It's interesting to note that many of the nation's major accounting companies made the list. They are PwC (formerly PriceWaterhouse Coopers) (3), Deloitte (8), Ernst and Young (5) and KPMG (29). Ernst and Young received special recognition as "Top Company for Executive Development" and Deloitte received "Top Company for General Communications" honors.

It's also interesting to note that JCPenney was the only actual retail company to make the list, at number 35. The major retailer also received a special award for "Top Company for Diversity-Management Progress."

Below you'll find some of the reasons the top companies made the list, as well as the full rankings.


Sodexo

The company has structured their incentive program so that 25 percent of executive bonuses are linked directly to diversity objectives. These bonuses are paid out regardless of whether the company meets any of its business goals.




PwC

PwC (formerly PricewaterhouseCoopers) has several programs aimed at diversity development. Among these programs are its Diamond Program aimed at mentoring the company's top minority employees, and Project Bold, designed to provide leadership development training to high-performing female partners.




AT&T

AT&T's diversity development programs extend beyond its board, management, and employees. The company's Project Aspire is designed to stem high school dropout rates among Black and Latino students.




Ernst & Young

Compensation among partners, principals, and executives is based partially on the company's Gender inclusiveness Snapshots, which target over 20 metrics relating to the hiring, retention, and development of female and minority employees.




IBM

All of IBM's managers, including the CEO, participate in at least one of the companies mentoring programs. While many companies have instituted a mentoring program, IBM has a host of such programs. All mentors and mentees at IBM must complete a cross-cultural training course before beginning the program.




Kraft Foods

Kraft currently hosts 10 employee resource groups (ERGs). These groups focus primarily on recruitment, mentoring, and marketing. Based on their most recent figures, the company has 60 percent of its employees, and 70 percent of their managers, participating in their mentoring program.




Aetna

In addition to its use of ERGs to meet their diversity goals, the company actively supports a variety of local and multicultural nonprofits, and the company's Aetna Foundation, works towards ending healthcare disparities.




Cox

Last year the company spent 15 percent of its gross revenue on philanthropy, with 43 percent going towards ethic, LGBT, and disability nonprofits. Additionally, 3 percent of the company's senior executives are board members of multicultural nonprofits.




Verizon

Of the company's 13 total board members, two are female, one is a Latino, and three are Black. Additionally, 56 percent of their philanthropic budget is spent on multicultural, LGBT, and disability nonprofits.




Dell

The company is a leader on supplier diversity, with more than 20 percent of their direct contractor procurement spending, going to minority-owned businesses. Additionally, the company monitors metrics related to its diversity goals in order to improve the effectiveness of their ERGs.




ADP

The company ties success in meeting diversity to goals to their executive performance reviews, and links a percentage of their executive's bonuses to these goals as well. The company has expressed their continuing commitment to encourage diversity at all levels of company management.




Allstate

The company currently has 21 ERGs and has mandatory diversity training for their entire workforce. The training is held once a month and runs for a full day! The company's work/ life benefits (such as flexible house, telecommuting, and adoption assistance) are designed to encourage a diverse workforce.




Top 50 Companies for Diversity 2011

1. Kaiser Permanente
2. Sodexo
3. PricewaterhouseCoopers
4. AT&T
5. Ernst & Young
6. Johnson & Johnson
7. IBM Corp.
8. Deloitte
9. Kraft Foods
10. Colgate-Palmolive Co.
11. Bank of America
12. The Coca-Cola Co.
13. American Express Co.
14. Marriott International
15. Merck & Co.
16. Prudential Financial
17. CSX Corp.
18. Cummins
19. Aetna
20. Cox Communications
21. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.
22. Verizon Communications
23. Accenture
24. Abbott
25. Procter & Gamble

26. Health Care Service Corp.
27. General Mills
28. Time Warner
29. KPMG
30. Dell
31. MasterCard Worldwide
32. Booz Allen Hamilton
33. SC Johnson
34. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
35. JCPenney
36. WellPoint
37. Northrop Grumman Corp.
38. Automatic Data Processing
39. Eli Lilly and Co.
40. Wells Fargo & Co.
41. Monsanto Co.
42. Rockwell Collins
43. Allstate Insurance Co.
44. Target Corp.
45. Time Warner Cable
46. Toyota Motor North America
47. Ford Motor Co.
48. AXA Equitable Life Insurance Co.
49. Whirlpool Corp.
50. Chrysler Group




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l.w.lebron

The article is implying that these companies based on the statistical data they compiled tend to show more diversity in there workforce.

July 28 2012 at 8:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mernetta

WHEN jOBS ARE SCARE IS WHEN YOU REALLY SEE THE UGLINESS FROM THOSE THAT FEEL
PEOPLE OF COLOR OR DIFFERENT RACES ARE BEING CHOSEN FOR A JOB EVEN IF THEY DO HAVE THE THE EXPERIENCE, BACKGROUND OR DEGREE. I HAVE SEEN WAY MORE PRIVILEDGES GIVEN TO CAUCASIANS THEN ANY OTHER RACE IN THE OFFICE WORKPLACE SO STOPPED CRYING JUST BECAUSE YOU SEE 1 OR 2 MINORITIES FINALLY GET A SHOT AT SOMETHING .THEY USUALLY EARN IT !! NOTHING IS GIVEN ! YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT GOES ON BEHIND CLOSE DOORS AND WHAT EXTRA WORK THEY WERE ASKED TO DO !, BUT I HAVE SEEN THEM STRESS IN DOING WHAT EVER WAS REQUESTED OF THEM , BUT THEY WILL NEVER OUT NUMBER YOUR PEOPLE !

July 31 2011 at 1:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mernetta

Aetna hires a small number of minorities in some of their offices but the Racism shows itself in most of them . Sometimes it's hidden and sometimes it's very blatant! I would not call that DIVERSITY !!!!

July 31 2011 at 12:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pennydanger555

Don't feel bad. I can't get a job because my boobs are too big.

March 20 2011 at 12:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
traindude99

My employer has some diversity programs and, although I'm a white dude, I don't mind them. However, even though the City in which I live has a large Jewish population, there are almost no other Jewish people where I work. Even more annoying is a tendency of other organizations with whom I work to schedule meetings on major Jewish holidays. But, I doubt those things will ever change because Jews are not considered a politically correct group to include in diversity programs.

March 20 2011 at 12:53 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
mapman1013

@tepeko - You know nothing about me. That's a really ignorant and hateful comment.
@ the others who don't want minorities in their work places, tell me, what should they do?
@ those who attempt to make a connection between diversity and mediocrity: one railroad, CSX, is on the list. I know a railroad industry professional who tells me that CSX is about to have major increases in business and perform better than its main competitor, Norfolk Southern. While I do not credit diversity with CSX's success, it does not appear to have hurt CSX either.
@hububub: you claim that diversity requires hiring of homosexuals, my understanding is that employers are not allowed to inquire about sexual preference.
@Keithfly: I don't know where you live, but in my City many doctors come from India. And I'm pretty sure they did not get in through an affirmative action plan.

March 20 2011 at 12:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pennydanger555

If they knew the law and about the EEOC then the article would read that they do not discriminate against ANYONE. I can't think of ANY business that doesn't hire minorities and they come right out in their job postings and tell you not to apply if you can't speak Spanish. I do know plenty of businesses that in the past year or so have decided not to hire people over 45 yrs. old. There's your new minority and are customers (or former customers) as well.

March 20 2011 at 12:28 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
QUEEN GAYNELL

ATT should not be on the list. My skills were tested, passed with flying colors and was told I wasn't hired because I didn't pass the interview. I have never heard of such an excuse before that. I guess having a Masters Degree and being over age 45 wasn't just right for them.

March 20 2011 at 12:04 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
stevechengmead

The BEST person for the job ! Diversity is another word for affirmative action or better described as institutionalized discrimination. That goes for genders also. If only the public knew how many citizens perish annually in fire rescue situations due to the lack of physical strength of female firefighters being unable to through a victim on their back and taking them to safety, its kept quiet. One life is one too many for pollitical correctness.
I wonder if the stockholders in these companies know details of how much it cost for the mentoring programs and followup trainning in order to diversify the work place. I won't be directing any of my 401k funds toward any of these companies.
I wonder if AOL/HUFFINGTON POST will publish these honesrt but politically incorrect remarks, do you think ?

March 19 2011 at 11:47 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
pennydanger555

I agree, the most qualified person should have the job--no matter what color (as someone else said here.) There are over a million people out of work where I live. I just came from a department store that is on the list above. The salespeople were yelling in Spanish across the fine jewelry section to each other shamelessly in front of several customers.. I guess having some class is out and diversified is in. I didn't buy anything at the store.

March 19 2011 at 10:44 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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