Jun 8, 2021

Microsoft tops Fortune 500 for diversity and inclusion

Helen Adams
2 min
Microsoft ranks highly in report covering racial and ethnic diversity and continues to strive for further 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:

  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender
  • 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.

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Jun 6, 2021

Estée Lauder supports trans community during Pride Month

Helen Adams
2 min
Estée Lauder celebrates the beauty of inclusion and the LGBTQIA+ community around the world for Pride month

June marks the official kick off to Pride Month, an important moment to publicly celebrate LGBTQIA+ activism, communities and culture. 

The Estée Lauder Companies (ELC), in partnership with wELCome, ELC's LGBTQIA+ Employee Resource Group, is an advocate of LGBTQIA+ equality, and continues to strive to cultivate an inclusive, caring and compassionate workplace for all employees. 

Estée Lauder is the third biggest health and beauty company in the world, has a $14b revenue and is headquartered in New York, USA. Its products include Bobbi Brown, Jo Malone, Clinique and Mac.

2021 is the twelfth year that ELC has been recognized as a “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality” with a 100 score on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) 2021 Corporate Equality Index (CEI).

ELC will celebrate the Beauty of Pride internally with global and local events, offering opportunities for employees to gather virtually.


Estée Lauder celebrates the beauty of the LGBTQIA+ community

“While the company and wELCome are set to celebrate the beauty of the LGBTQIA+ community around the world this month, we must also acknowledge all that LGBTQIA+ people are fighting for and the challenges they still face on multiple fronts”, said an Estée Lauder representative. “2021 has been a record-breaking year for anti-transgender legislation in the U.S. and anti-transgender violence globally. According to a report published by the Human Rights Campaign, one of the largest LGBTQIA+ advocacy groups in the U.S., more than 100 bills have been introduced across thirty-three U.S. states – bills that are proposing to restrict the rights of transgender individuals, particularly transgender children across the country.”


Estée Lauder supports worldwide LGBTQIA+ equality

Throughout 2021 already, wELCome chapters have launched in:

  • The U.K. 
  • Brazil
  • India
  • Followed by Mexico in a few months

“wELCome and ELC remain committed to building a workplace that is welcoming and equitable to everyone, where people from all walks of life can bring their authentic selves to work and be treated with respect and dignity”, concluded the representative.

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