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When we look at the top organizations for racial/ethnic
diversity, we almost never see the type of progress
demonstrated by Kaiser Permanente, including its board
of directors and senior management. Kaiser’s commitment
to diversity has been growing steadily for a long time and it has
been used as a model by other companies, including its clients.
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George C. Halvorson, chairman and CEO, has a longstanding and
increasingly visible commitment to diversity as the growth engine
for Kaiser’s business. He signs off on executive compensation tied to
diversity, meets with employee-resource groups and is deeply involved
in efforts to close the racial/ethnic gaps in healthcare insurance and delivery.
In addition to a workforce and management that’s extremely diverse in terms of race/ethnicity
and gender, Kaiser has emerged as a leader in work/life benefits. Its progressive benefits include
compressed work weeks, educational leave, parent medical coverage and tuition reimbursement.
The organization has varied and strong diversity training, mandatory for its entire workforce. It
includes Culturally Competent Care for Health-Care Providers, Mentoring and Coaching for the
Protégé of Color Leadership Development Program, New Employment Orientation with Diversity
Awareness, and bilingual-language training. Kaiser’s commitment to the community is remarkable,
with 47 percent of its philanthropic efforts going to multicultural charities.
GEORGE C. HALVORSON
Chairman & CEO
“Our ongoing commitment to
diversity continues to be one of our
greatest organizational strengths.
Our members and customers represent the rich, wonderful and great
diversity of our country—and our
staff is equally diverse to serve our
members’ unique needs. Our various
programs, policies and practices
that relate to cultural competence
and diversity are built into our care
delivery system—and into everything we do at Kaiser Permanente.
Diversity creates synergy, creativity,
flexibility and a much higher level of
community connectivity—and those
are all very good things to create.”
JAMES E. TAYLOR
Senior Director, Diversity Strategy
Execution & Workplace Inclusion
“At Kaiser Permanente, we take
tremendous pride in our diversity
posture, history and leadership.
From a rich history of diversity firsts
in the industry—including hiring
women physicians and physicians
of color during the pre–civil-rights
era and providing medical care in
racially integrated facilities when
racial segregation was the prevailing
societal practice—to sustained efforts to integrate diversity into every
aspect of daily business operations,
we have distinguished ourselves as
an inclusive, socially conscious organization focused on our members,
patients and communities.”
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