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Ten NEW partners are 'Top Companies for Diversity'

Friday, April 22, 2016  
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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Ten Network of Executive Women partners have been recognized for their diverse, inclusive corporate cultures. NEW Foundation partner Procter & Gamble (13); Title partners Johnson & Johnson (8), Deloitte (11), Accenture (15) and Kellogg Company (30); Platinum partners Target Corporation (22), Colgate-Palmolive (36), General Mills Inc. (40) and Nielsen (41); and Gold partner EY (3) make up one-fifth of DiversityInc’s 2016 Top 50 Companies for Diversity.

DiversityInc recognized EY for nurturing and advancing diverse talent. EY was noted for its diversity and inclusion microsite and experiential programs, such as Global New Horizons, which introduces staff to international mobility. Another program, EY Unplugged, brings ethnically diverse staff from around the country together for networking and mentorship by minority executives.

At Johnson & Johnson, “Diversity and inclusion is an integral part of the way we work," according to Chief Diversity Officer Wanda Bryant Johnston, whose company leads the industry in promoting women into management roles. Johnson & Johnson's top 200 global leaders have attended a training session regarding unconscious bias and its Diversity University website is designed to help employees develop knowledge and skills to understand and benefit from working collaboratively in a diverse and inclusive environment.

Leaders by example

At Deloitte, the percentage of African Americans, Latinos and Asians in management is nearly 55 percent higher than U.S. companies overall Advancement programs engage diverse people,  including women, minorities, Generation Y and people with disabilities, globally. "Innovation around talent is core to our strategy," Deloitte LLP CEO Cathy Engelbert told DiversityInc, "and our best thinking comes from diverse perspectives."

Procter & Gamble encourages employees to value their uniqueness. A wide range of employee resource groups includes the African Ancestry Leadership Network, Corporate Women's Leadership Team, Native American Indian Leadership Team and People with Disabilities. One program offers reverse mentoring, with an employee with a disability setting up time with senior executives to share what daily life is like at P&G. 

At Accenture, Chairman and CEO Pierre Nanterne meets with employee resource groups monthly, demonstrating the attention given to what the company calls “vibrant communities that enable our people to strengthen their networks, grow their skills, celebrate their heritages and give back to the communities where they live and work.” Annual International Women's Day live and broadcast celebrations share Accenture's belief that the success of female employees is key to company success.

Target considers "inclusivity" a core company belief. “To champion an inclusive society, we need to reflect diversity in our stores, distribution centers and at headquarters," Caroline Wanga, the company's vice president of diversity and inclusion, told DiversityInc. More than 10,000 employees participate in diversity and business councils, including those for African Americans; Asian Americans; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and ally team members; Hispanics; members with military experience; and women.

Kellogg Company takes a spot on the list for its fifth consecutive year. Initiatives including multicultural marketing efforts, an unconscious bias training course and an executive cross-cultural mentoring program bolster diversity and "a culture in which every employee can contribute meaningfully to the business while being true to their authentic selves," according to the company. Women in senior management at Kellogg number 50.6% higher than U.S. companies overall.

The number of African Americans, Latinos and Asians in senior management at Colgate-Palmolive is 70 percent more than those found in U.S. companies overall, and women in senior management is 84 percent more than the national average, according to DiversityInc. "Global business success requires Colgate people to be diverse in all the respects of the populations we serve worldwide," according to the company, whose network groups include their Asian Heritage Group, Black Action Committee, Diversity Councils, Hispanic Action Network and Women's Network.

“Diversity is built into the foundation of our company," according to General Mills Inc. Vice President of Global Inclusion & Staffing Ken Charles, who also serves as Network of Executive Women inclusion chair. General Mills actively recognizes diversity, from gender, race and sexual orientation to cultural beliefs and communication styles. Careers at General Mills are developed through professional development training, mentoring programs, and employee and affinity networks.

At Nielsen, CEO Mitch Barns personally signed off on executive compensation tied to diversity, furthering the company's recognition of diversity as a strategic business goal. “Nielsen’s definition of diversity is far more than what you see," Chief Diversity Officer Angela Talton, who reports weekly to Barns, told DiversityInc. "It is not enough for our associates to have a seat at the table. We want them to have a voice at the table and to know their voice will be heard.”

2016 Top 50 Companies for Diversity


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