Thomson Reuters is a mass media company that focuses on delivering news and analytics to financial and corporate communities across the global.  Earlier this month, the company released its Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Index which ranks the top 100 most diverse and inclusive organizations throughout the globe.  This is the 3rd year the index has been released.

According to their website, the “index ratings are informed by Thomson Reuters environmental, social, and governance (ESG) data, designed to transparently and objectively measure the relative performance of more than 7,000 companies and provide clients with differentiated insight. Each company is assigned a score across Diversity, Inclusion, People Development and News Controversy pillars.” To qualify, a company must be scored across all four pillars.  Once scored, the Index is calculated based on importance of the metric covered as it relates to the market as well as how each company compares with its peers.

This year, of the 100 companies selected, 52 are new, 17 are hold overs from last year, and 12 have regained a spot on the D&I Index.

Virginie O’Shea, research director at Aite Group, commented: “The topic of diversity has continued to dominate industry mindshare in 2018. Not only have firms been increasing their corporate disclosure with the intent of improving corporate governance and transparency, regulators have also been compelling change and 2019 will see the introduction of the second Shareholder Rights Directive in Europe to this end. Investors are keen to see much more data related to topics such as diversity to factor these into their ESG strategies, which have been gathering pace over the last 12 months.”

Below are the top 10 companies from the D&I Index, along with their scored, which is based on a point system of 100:

1 Accenture PLC  84.25
2 Novartis AG 79.25
3 Medtronic PLC 79.00
4 Diageo PLC 78.75
5 Gap Inc 78.50
6 Telecom Italia SpA 77.75
7 Kering SA 77.50
8 Natura Cosmeticos SA 77.25
8 L’Oreal SA 77.25
10 Acciona SA 77.00