Which companies rank highest on global diversity ratings?

20 Nov 2015

A ranking of companies’ commitment to diversity around the world has found 10 standout performers in the field, with a separate Human Rights rating lauding American companies, in particular.

The Global Diversity List looks at a bunch of things, including leading professionals, consultants and employers – in the latter case, specifically looking at dedicated networks within.

It is here that the likes of Dropbox, Accenture and PwC feature, thanks to groups such as PrideBox, LGBT Network and Glee, respectively.

The ratings are taken seriously in major corporations, with Dropbox’s Arden Hoffman noting how “proud” her company is to feature on the list.

“We’ve always sought to make Dropbox a place where all employees feel included, and those who identify as LGBT are an important part of that,” said Hoffman.

“Through Pridebox, we’ve hosted speakers Kate Kendell and other LGBT luminaries, built a small network of peer companies, and included our 12 global offices in our initiatives.”

The full list of companies included, and their networks, is:

  • GLOW – Oliver Wyman (Global)
  • GLBTA Alliance – GE (US)
  • GLEE@PwC – PwC (UK)
  • LGBT Network – Accenture (UK)
  • Pride at Work – Thomson Reuters (Global)
  • Pride Network – BNP Paribas (Global)
  • PRIDE Network – Intuit (Global)
  • PRIDE, LGBTA Employee Network – Chevron (Global)
  • PrideBox Network – Dropbox (USA)
  • Unity – EY’s LGBTA Network (Global)

Why stop there

Dropbox, in fact, features on two separate diversity and equality rankings of late, with a purely US-based rating of corporations by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation also lauding the tech giant.

Receiving a perfect score of 100pc in the CEI rankings – which looked at equal employment opportunities, employment benefits, transgender-inclusive health insurance coverage, organisational LGBT competency and public commitment – Dropbox was joined by a lengthening list of other tech firms.

The likes of HP, GM, Apple, Groupon and Prudential are part of a swathe of companies at the top of the rankings, with the latter, understandably, delighted.

“Our inclusive culture is a business imperative that helps us recruit, engage and retain diverse talent,” said Michele Meyer-Shipp, vice president and chief diversity officer at Prudential.

“We believe creating a workforce that values all employees is an integral part of our strategic growth and innovation story, and is a key driver for us to excel in the marketplace.

“This recognition is a reflection of a dedicated leadership, but also of the hard work of our employees who make diversity and inclusion come to life in the workplace every day.”

The main thing to take from the ranking, though, is its incredible expansion, with “significant revisions” of how companies are measured doing nothing to slow the process, with this year’s edition, the 14th, reporting the highest number of 100pc businesses in the entire history of the CEI.

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Gordon Hunt was a journalist with Silicon Republic