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Three Indiana-based employers are on a national list of the Top 50 Companies for Diversity. More than 1,200 companies participated in the DiversityInc survey, which examined categories including talent pipeline and supplier diversity. 15. Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) in Columbus
27. Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY) in Indianapolis
29. WellPoint Inc. (NYSE: WLP) in Indianapolis
April 23, 2014
NEW YORK, N.Y. - DiversityInc announced the results for its 14th annual Top 50 Companies for Diversity rankings before a gathering of more than 750 attendees last evening at Cipriani Wall Street. More than a thousand public and privately held companies competed for spots on the coveted list. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation jumped from a sixth-‐place finish in 2013 to claim this year's top slot. Other companies ranked within the top 10 include: Sodexo, EY, Kaiser Permanente, PricewaterhouseCoopers, MasterCard Worldwide, Procter & Gamble, Prudential Financial, Johnson and Johnson and AT&T.
"Earning a spot on the DiversityInc Top 50 proves that management is paying close attention
to the needs of their primary constituents-employees, customers and other key stakeholders," said DiversityInc founder and CEO Luke Visconti. "Companies with great reputations attract the best and most skilled employees who then create and deliver the best products and services. It's a virtuous cycle that enables public companies on the DiversityInc
Top 50 list to consistently outperform the major domestic stock market indices and privately held companies to surpass their peers."
The rankings are determined by an objective methodology that calculates factors such as Talent Pipeline, Equitable Talent Development (including commitment to mentorship and to
philanthropy), CEO/Leadership Commitment and Supplier Diversity. The empirical data for the
rankings is provided by a 300-‐question survey filled out by personnel at the participating companies.
Survey participation is free to any company with at least 1,000 U.S. workers. "We are extremely honored to be recognized by DiversityInc," said Andr? Wyss,President, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation and President, Novartis Corporation. "We have worked hard to
make diversity and inclusion a very natural part of the way we do business because we
fundamentally believe it drives innovation, moves our business and our people forward,
and most importantly, directly impacts our ability to develop lifesaving products and solutions. We are proud of the progress we have made and this achievement inspires us to continue this important effort."
This year's survey highlights that the technology sector continues to lag behind other sectors
in embracing diversity. While IBM and Dell both earned a place on the list (23rd and 32nd, respectively), Microsoft fell off the list from 44th place in 2013, while Apple declined to participate.
Apple has made some headlines in recent months for attempting to embrace more diversity, but the DiversityInc Top 50 makes it clear that Silicon Valley has a lot of catching up to do. DiversityInc also released 13 additional lists in the following select specialty areas:
-25 Noteworthy Companies
-Top 10 Companies for Recruitment (Kaiser Permanente, No. 1)
-Top 10 Companies for Supplier Diversity (AT&T, No. 1)
-Top 10 Companies for Employee Resource Groups (PricewaterhouseCoopers, No. 1)
-Top 10 Companies for Diversity Councils (EY, No. 1)
-Top 10 Companies for Mentoring (KPMG, No. 1)
-Top 10 Companies for Veterans (CSX, No. 1)
-Top 10 Companies for People With Disabilities (EY, No. 1)
-Top 10 Companies for LGBT Employees (AT&T, No. 1)
-Top 10 Companies for Global Diversity (Deloitte, No. 1)
-Top 10 Hospitals and Health Systems (University Hospitals, No. 1)
-Top 10 Regional Companies (MGM Resorts International, No. 1)
-Top 7 Utilities (Pacific Gas and Electric, No. 1).
For the entire Top 50 list, go to http://www.diversityinc.com/top50.
About DiversityInc: DiversityInc’s mission is to bring education and clarity to the business benefits of diversity. The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list began in
2001, at the same time many corporations were beginning to understand the business value of diversity-‐management initiatives. The 2014 Top 50 Companies for Diversity results are featured on DiversityInc.com and in DiversityInc magazine. For more information, log on to www.diversityinc.com, https://www.facebook.com/DiversityInc, https://twitter.com/DiversityInc, or http://www.linkedin.com/company/26561.
April 23, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) announced today that it was named to the 2014 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity, ranking 29th on this year’s list. This marks WellPoint’s seventh consecutive appearance on the DiversityInc Top 50 list since 2008, which includes companies from a wide range of industries whose leadership, procurement practices, communications and training best reflect the reality of the rapidly changing face of America.
The company also received special recognition for placing in The DiversityInc Top 10 lists of Companies for Supplier Diversity (#3) and Companies for People with Disabilities (#7).
"The health-insurance company moves up 11 spots with an increased emphasis on talent development and supplier diversity. Diversity goals are tied to executive-performance reviews, including increasing female and racial/ethnic representation in management. Achievement of supplier-diversity goals is tied to the compensation of the CEO, executive leaders, and supplier-diversity and procurement associates," said DiversityInc CEO Luke Visconti.
With the changing landscape in health care WellPoint recognizes the increasing importance of addressing the needs of its diverse consumers as more individuals continue to access health care services through the Affordable Care Act. “Having diverse associates and leaders who understand the unique needs of our consumers allows us to implement business solutions that effectively address the diverse health care needs, preferences and cultural values of the communities we serve," said Joseph Swedish R. Swedish, WellPoint's chief executive officer. "WellPoint's ranking among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity is evidence of our effort to leverage the tremendous value that a diverse workforce and supplier base present to our business."
"Now more than ever, closing health disparity gaps depends upon our ability to know our customers, develop products and programs that meet their unique needs, and to serve them in a culturally competent way," said Tracy Edmonds, chief diversity officer at WellPoint. "This recognition is a testament to our commitment to the diverse families and individuals who rely on us for access to health benefits and services."
This award follows WellPoint's recent recognition by the National Hispanic Medical Association as the Corporate Hispanic Health Leader of the year; their ranking on the LATINAStyle Top 50 Companies and the recognition by Indianapolis Mayor with the Sam H. Jones Award for the company’s commitment to diversity.
To see the full ranking of The 2014 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity as well as more information on the methodology, visit www.diversityinc.com/top50
About WellPoint, Inc.
WellPoint is one of the nation's leading health benefits companies. We believe that our health connects us all. So we focus on being a valued health partner and delivering quality products and services that give members access to the care they need. With nearly 68 million people served by our affiliated companies including nearly 36 million enrolled in our family of health plans, we can make a real difference to meet the needs of our diverse customers. We're an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. We serve mem