While more diverse than in the past, it’s no secret that corporate America suffers from a lack of diversity and inclusion. In 2015, there were more CEOs of large companies named John than CEOs who are women. And racial diversity among top executives is even more bleak – there have only been 15 black CEOs of Fortune 500 companies in history. Thankfully, many companies are now realizing that increasing diversity and inclusion within the company is not only is good for society, it’s also good for business. Here are 11 companies that are pushing the envelope with their diversity initiatives – and hiring now!
Company Rating: 5.0
Why They’re Diverse: Last year, Asana took a big step towards increasing diversity in the company by hiring Sonja Gittens-Ottley as their Head of Diversity and Inclusion, which is especially significant given that the company only has a little over 200 employees. “The workplace we want to see is radically inclusive,” said Asana CEO Dustin Moskovitz in a recent blog post.
What Employees Say: “We just hired a diversity lead and have a group of people who are working on developing our diversity program. We’ve had trainings, talks and have an active community in Asana that shares ideas, articles and opportunities.” —Current Employee
Company Rating: 4.4
Why They’re Diverse: Forty-three percent of managers at Slack are women, and eight percent of employees are black, which while still not representative of the portion of these demographics in the U.S. population, is higher than most tech companies. “Tech companies all manage and promote the same way, but I wanted a place that would give me latitude and say, ‘We’re open to experimenting and doing something different,’” told Leslie Miley, the director of engineering and an outspoken critic of the lack of diversity in Silicon Valley, to The Huffington Post.
What Employees Say: “The company is the first advocate for employees’ well-being (work-life balance). Oh … and most importantly, a very diverse place (constantly aiming for better).” —Former Employee
Company Rating: 4.1
Why They’re Diverse: Pinterest made headlines earlier this year when they hired Candice Morgan as their Chief Diversity Officer, a newly emerging job title in many tech companies who want to break from the homogeneous culture that tech tends to breed. The company has released specific diversity targets and statistics on past successes. In 2016, the company increased the number of women in technical roles from 21% to 26%, and more than doubled the number of employees from underrepresented ethnic backgrounds. In the coming year, Pinterest plans to increase diversity even more, vowing to interview at least one person from an ethnic minority and one female candidate for all top-level positions, in addition to a host of other diversity goals.
What Employees Say: “Founders genuinely care about promoting diversity: having a target of hiring at least 30% of female or under-represented engineers; great training program to mitigate unconscious bias.” —Current Employee
Company Rating: 2.6
Why They’re Diverse: In spite of a fledgling approval rating, Xerox has a long history of promoting diversity. Xerox was the first – and only – Fortune 500 company in history to employ a black female CEO, Ursula Burns, who stepped down last month but still serves as Chairman. “The reason that we’re doing [diversity initiatives] is because they were good for business. One of the things that Xerox found out early is generally, if it’s good for society, it’s generally good for business,” Burns told PBS. Xerox has affinity groups for every minority from Hispanic women to gay men, which Burns says have been key for driving diversity in the company. And the initiatives have showed – this year, Xerox reported that 41% of managers at the company are female.
What Employees Say: “Many women, support for the LGBT community and a diverse demographic workforce. They have done a good job.” —Current Employee
Company Rating: 3.8
Why They’re Diverse: Texas Health Resources prioritizes putting traditionally underrepresented demographics into positions of power within the company, with women making up a staggering 60% of the company’s executives. The company has repeatedly been perched atop Fortune’s 50 Best Workplaces for Diversity list.
What Employees Say: “They’re are very caring about each employee on a one on one basis.” —Current Critical Care RN
Company Rating: 4.1
Why They’re Diverse: Johnson & Johnson is so serious about diversity that they have an entire global office of diversity and inclusion, which reports directly to the CEO, and helps the company recruit and develop a diverse workforce. Johnson & Johnson also has established an online “Diversity University”, a tool that employees can use to learn more about the benefits of working in a diverse workplace. The company recently topped Business Insider’s list of the most diverse and inclusive companies to work for in 2016.
What Employees Say: “This is a very diverse company. They go above and beyond to ensure diversity in the workplace.” —Current Employee in Cornelia, Georgia
Company Rating: 3.7
Why They’re Diverse: Intel has continually set goals for hiring and retaining a diverse workforce, and the numbers show their strategy has been working: 43.1 percent of new hires between 2015 and early 2016 were either women or underrepresented minorities. Intel has also been up front about the challenges of creating a diverse workplace in the tech world, with its employee diversity nowhere near representative of the U.S. population. However, Intel is also striving to make big changes within the next few years, vowing by 2020 to reach “full representation.”
What Employees Say: “Greater diversity than many tech companies – you likely won’t be the token woman or POC, and the culture is LGBT friendly.” —Current Employee
Company Rating: 3.2
Why They’re Diverse: Walgreens has been a leader in ending workplace discrimination against people with disabilities. In 2007, Walgreens vowed to staff a new distribution center with 30% developmentally and intellectually disabled people. Not only did they exceed their target, they also exceeded the average productivity for distribution centers, spurring other businesses to attract more people with disabilities into their workforces. Walgreens also works to create internships for those in the foster care system.
What Employees Say: “They are really an equal opportunity employer and make sure that their stores have a diverse representation.” —Current Customer Service Associate in Savanah, Georgia
Company Rating: 3.9
Why They’re Diverse: Kaiser recently topped DiversityInc’s list of most diverse companies. Kasier’s diversity-rich employee base reflects the diversity of patients and needs they serve in the healthcare industry. “The rich diversity of our organization reflects the diversity of the people we serve each and every day and is a tremendous asset that helps us consistently deliver high-quality affordable health care to our members, customers, and communities,” writes Bernard J. Tyson, Chairman and CEO of Kaiser.
What Employees Say: “As a Latina, great diversity and inclusivity” —Current Financial Project Manager in Los Angeles, California
Company Rating: 3.8
Why They’re Diverse: Marriott repeatedly tops lists for diversity and inclusion – just this year, Fortune note only rated it one of the 50 best workplaces for diversity, but also one of the 10 best workplaces for Latinos, and one of the 10 best workplaces for African Americans. Marriott’s diversity initiatives include not only increasing diversity within the company, but also working with a diverse network of suppliers – last year, Marriott spent $4 billion with diverse suppliers.
What Employees Say: “Marriott is a very diverse company with excellent opportunities for growth in the industry” —Current Employee
Company Rating: 4.0
Why They’re Diverse: Proctor and Gamble has been a leader in implementing innovative programs to encourage diversity within the company. Besides employing a Chief Diversity Officer, they have also implemented a “reverse mentoring” program, where higher level executives gain valuable perspective from employees who are at lower down positions within the company, who they wouldn’t usually interact with.
What Employees Say: “P&G has seven official ‘affinity’ (diversity) groups, which are corporately funded. The Cincinnati, OH offices are very diverse.” —Current Employee