Microsoft tops Fortune 500 for diversity and inclusion
Microsoft is top of the leaderboard in this year's Fortune 500 diversity and inclusion list.
The 2021 list includes data from Measure Up, which ranks progressive companies.
Microsoft has regularly discussed the importance of diversity and inclusion, on demographics ranging from:
- People with disabilities.
The company appears to be backing its words up with action, because it is the top-ranked company on this year's Fortune 500 list in terms of diversity and inclusion.
Minorities, women and employees with disabilities - everyone’s on board
Fortune and Refinitiv have partnered together in order to collect data and rank organisations based on metrics such as, the percentage of minorities on a company's board, the percentage of employees that are women, and the percentage of employees with disabilities.
Fortune highlights that Microsoft provides day-care services and has an employee resource group voluntarily formed by workers.
Working at Microsoft, diversity rules
“The phrase, ‘I go where I’m invited, but I stay where I’m welcomed’, is a reminder that we must work on both diversity and inclusion”, said Utaukwa Allen, Workforce Development Director at Microsoft.
According to Fortune:
- 39.7% of Microsoft's board is made up of racial and ethnic minorities.
- Microsoft's workforce is 49.8% racial or ethnic majorities.
- 41.3% of managers at Microsoft are racial or ethnic minorities.
- Almost 40% of Microsoft's board and 50% of its staff are racial and ethnic minorities
While Microsoft has positive figures regarding racial and ethnic diversity, it falls behind in gender diversity.
According to 2020 data reported by Microsoft:
- 28.6% of its employees were women.
- 26.3% of managers at Microsoft were women in the same timeframe.
The data for Fortune's list is from 2020 when available and 2019 at the earliest. In the case of Microsoft, all data highlighted in this article is from 2020.
Experian’s 2021 Disability Equality Index top score
The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and Disability has awarded Experian North America the title “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion” of 2021.
The association is the nation’s largest disability rights organisation, which works to advance the inclusion of people with disabilities.
Experian is a global information services company, which assists customers in their data management. With 17,800 employees operating across 44 countries, Experian is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. Headquartered in California, USA, the company has a revenue of $5b.
Experian’s ongoing commitment to disability inclusion
People with disabilities represent over one billion people across the world, crossing the lines of age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and religion.
Experian North America earned a score of 90 out of 100 on the Disability Equality Index® (DEI), which is considered the world’s most comprehensive benchmarking tool to measure disability workplace inclusion.
The company has been applauded previously for its attitude to diversity and inclusion:
- For the third year in a row, Experian earned its recertification as one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For
- Experian is among the top of Fortune’s Best Workplaces in Financial Services and Insurance
- The Human Rights Campaign Foundation gave Experian North America a perfect score in its Corporate Equality Index, also for the third year in a row
- Experian was also honored as a Comparably Top 50 company for Best Outlook 2021.
More inclusion to be done for those with disabilities in the world, says Experian
Staff at Experian are thrilled with the result, but understand that their inclusion journey is not over.
“I am thrilled Experian is being recognised for our ongoing efforts to improve disability inclusion for employees, in our technology and how we support our clients”, said Wil Lewis, Experian North America’s chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer. “We realise there is much more work for us to do, and to be done in the world, and we’re committed to continuing our focus on inclusion and belonging for all,”
"We are so pleased to partner with 319 companies this year on the Disability Equality Index”, said Jill Houghton, Disability:IN’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Part of corporate commitment to disability inclusion is recognising your stance and using it as an 'aha moment' to drive the business investments needed to scale change. Inclusion and accessibility cuts across the enterprise, from cultural representation in the workforce, to technology acceleration, to incorporating supply chain diversity. These are tangible opportunities that leading companies can leverage to create sustainable impact for their business and brand."