There is always volatility on The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list as the competitive set increases and improves— and, simultaneously, as other companies
lessen their commitment. When there is a major swing
of more than 10 spots, it is usually attributable to a
significant change in circumstances (e.g., a merger or a
new CEO) or to a dramatic improvement or reduction
in tracking or implementation of initiatives.
Consider these facts:
20 companies moved up this year; 24 declined
3 companies moved on to the list from DiversityInc’s 25 Noteworthy
2 companies made the list for the first time; 1 was participating for the first
With competition increasing (participation, including the number of compa-
nies that completed the entire survey, is up 11 percent), our questions evolve
each year to reflect cutting-edge diversity-management techniques and metrics
to evaluate them. For example, this year we put more emphasis on resource-
group and mentoring participation and the concurrent results demonstrated by
the demographics of the top three levels of the organization.
Here are case studies of four companies in two industries: consumer-packaged
goods and financial services. In each industry, we look at one company that
went up significantly and one that declined.