There is a growing awareness among Americans regarding workplace diversity. With the emergence of the #MeToo movement, for example, people have become more aware of workplace issues, such as the prevalence of sexual harassment and sexual assault in the workplace. These high-profile cases of sexual harassment and gender discrimination have resulted in a change towards women in the work environment which continues to expand into 2019.
In recent years, many studies have revealed that diversity is a valuable asset for companies particularly those that have higher levels of diversity and thus, contributing to better financial importance.
Based on these findings, Statista and Forbes jointly compiled the 2019 list of America’s best employers for diversity. A survey was conducted among 50,000 U.S. employees working in companies with at least 1,000 employees within their U.S. operations.
Aside from being asked about diversity within their respective workplace, the respondents also had the opportunity to evaluate other employers in their respective industries. In addition, KPIs pertaining to leaders tasked to promote diversity and inclusion as well as information dissemination about the topic, etc. The diversity among board members and top executives were also included as criteria.
The awards for the Best Employers for Diversity 2019 were given to the 500 companies who received the highest scores. Ball, a packaging and aerospace company, garnered the highest score of 85.85 to land in the No. 1 spot. Ball puts a premium on diversity and goes all-out to provide an exclusive environment for employees to thrive.
Ball’s objective is consistent with the results of the studies mentioned. The company believes that “diversity among individuals and teams helps to unleash ideas and fuel innovation, which drives growth and value throughout our global organization.” Both second placer Nielsen, a professional services firm and third-place BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee employ diversity officers in order to show their utmost commitment to having a workplace where everyone is respected and valued equally, without biases to race, culture, gender, or sexual orientation.
The full ranking of companies can be viewed here.