Top 50 Index
Bank of America
Pepsi Bottling Group
The Coca-Cola Co.
Ford Motor Co.
Consolidated Edison Co. of New York
Procter & Gamble
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Fla.*
Novartis Pharmaceutical Corp.
Johnson & Johnson
Merck & Co.
Deloitte & Touche USA*
Wells Fargo & Co.
Turner Broadcasting System**
Sprint Nextel Corp.
Health Care Service Corp.*
Eastman Kodak Co.
Ernst & Young*
Bausch & Lomb
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
*These companies are not in The 2007
DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity
Index, which only includes the 41 publicly
traded companies in The DiversityInc 2007
Top 50 Companies for Diversity list.
**Traded as Time Warner. © 2007 DiversityInc
DiversityInc Top 50 Index Return for 10 Years
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The consistent performance of The DiversityInc Top 50 Stock Index™
over the long term demonstrates that companies with excellent diversity
management clearly are companies with superior overall management.
Forty-one of the companies on The 2007 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies
for Diversity® list are publicly traded. By expressing those companies’ stocks
as an index, we can compare the group against the Dow Jones Industrial
Average (DJIA), the Nasdaq and the Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500. As the
chart shows, assuming all these indexes started at the same point on April
30, 1997, by the end of 2006 the Top 50 Stock Index is 46. 6 percent higher
than the DJIA, 45. 7 percent higher than the Nasdaq and 22. 7 percent higher than the S&P 500.
Examining the returns on the stocks in the four indexes from 1997 though
2006 shows the DI Top 50 Stock Index was 9. 9 percent over 10 years, compared with 8.08 percent for the S&P 500, 8. 65 percent for the DJIA and
9. 61 percent for the Nasdaq. The DiversityInc Top 50 Stock Index also is
competitive with all three indexes on a one-, three- and five-year basis as well.
Why is a long-term comparison valuable? Sam Ramirez Jr., managing director of New York–based Ramirez & Associates, an MBE that calculated the
indexes for DiversityInc, explains it this way. “First of all, you will be able to
see the growth of the markets over one’s lifetime as well as the volatility that
was experienced. You will note how a market reacted to a historic event and
the time it took for its recovery from said event. Most notably are the major
tragic events in our history like 9/11 and wars, as well as economic cycles.
Another benefit is it can indicate how successful you can be by investing with
a long-term focus. You can learn that despite any turmoil in the markets, if
you stay focused on the future your investments will pay off. Lastly, you can
learn that when the markets are in disarray and make major corrections, those
are the best times to invest to take advantage of an eventual recovery.” DI