Top 10: Companies for Diversity & Inclusion

As diversity becomes increasingly crucial to employees & partners, we celebrate 10 companies with diverse leadership including Sodexo, Accenture & Novartis

Corporate DE&I is the efforts made by corporations to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within their organisations.

Diversity typically refers to the presence of differences within a given setting. In a corporate context, diversity encompasses differences in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability status, socioeconomic background, and other dimensions.

Equity is fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all individuals, while striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups.

Inclusion refers to creating an environment where all individuals feel valued, respected, and supported, and where differences are embraced as strengths. Inclusive workplaces foster a sense of belonging and provide equal access to resources and opportunities for all employees.

Corporate DE&I initiatives can include policies, programmes and practices aimed at recruiting, retaining, and advancing diverse talent, as well as creating inclusive cultures where every employee feels empowered to contribute their best work. These initiatives are increasingly recognised as not only ethical imperatives but inclusive companies are also nearly two times more likely to be innovative and key to employee engagement with over three quarters of job seekers stating diversity is key when considering job offers.

We’ve listed ten trailblazing companies to celebrate for diverse leadership.

10. KPMG

CEO: Bill Thomas

Global Head of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity: Kristine Remedios

Bill Thomas, KPMG CEO

Consulting firm KPMG has over 219,000 employees, 40% of whom work within at least one of the firm’s national diversity networks, which include, African-American, pride@kpmg and KPMG’s Network of Women (KNOW). The networks aim to provide support and tackle issues for each group. 

Reverse mentoring within the firm allows leaders to gain insight from junior employees and boost diversity and equality in the workplace.

9. Procter & Gamble

CEO: Jon R. Moeller

Chief Equality and Inclusion Officer: Shelly McNamara

Jon R. Moeller, Procter & Gamble CEO

Having provided consumer goods for nearly 200 years, Procter & Gamble is a global leader recognised by Forbes as World’s Best Employer 2021. The company works to provide support for its LGBTQ+, single and non-biological parents, implement hiring practises to quell discrimination and ensure that the board and management are representative of its workforce. 

“We make sure that we are building a P&G that looks like the consumers we serve, at every level,” celebrates Shelly.

8. Mastercard

CEO: Michael Miebach

Chief Inclusion Officer: Randall M. Tucker

Michael Miebach, Mastercard CEO

Digital finance leader Mastercard has a zero tolerance policy for hate, discrimination, and hostility that promotes diversity and support for its employees, partners and clients. Focuses in DEI for Mastercard include gender equality in hiring, LGBTQ+ support and closing the wealth gap for Black communities.

Mastercard offers employee benefits such as sex reassignment surgery coverage, same-sex domestic partner coverage and surrogacy and adoption assistance.

“We are on a journey to create a workplace and world where everyone has equal access to connect their greatest passions with their fullest potential,” explains Michael.

“That starts with our people and how we lead, with a sense of decency and inclusion.”

7. Ernst & Young

CEO: Carmine Di Sibio

Global Vice Chair – Diversity, Equity & Inclusiveness: Karyn Twaronite

Karyn Twaronite, Global Vice Chair – Diversity, Equity & Inclusiveness at EY

Leading consultancy EY has over 365,000 employees around the world and is known for its sustainability work and as one of the first large consultancies to commit to diverse recruitment. Gender pay equality and active anti-racism are priorities for EY, whose executives have signed a DE&I agreement that highlights the company’s increased focus on diversity, equity and inclusiveness.

“Diversity and inclusiveness are critical to building a better working world,” Carmine believes. 

“Diverse opinions and skills lead to the best answers for our clients and our organisation.”

6. Marriott

CEO: Anthony Capuano​​​​​​​

VP Global Diversity Equity and Inclusion: Maruiel Perkins-Chavis

Maruiel Perkins-Chavis, VP Global Diversity Equity and Inclusion at Marriott

Global hospitality leader Marriott encompasses 30 brands and 8,000 properties across 139 companies employing over 120,000 people. 

About 10% of its supply chain consists of women-owned businesses, over half of its global workforce is female, and over half of its US leadership is diverse,  which is representative of its global workforce. 

“We believe our company’s leadership should reflect the diverse customers we welcome into our hotels,” states David Marriott, Chairman of the Board.

5. Kaiser Permanente

CEO: Gregory A. Adams

Senior Vice President and Chief Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Officer: Ronald L. Copeland

Ronald Copeland, Senior Vice President and Chief Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Officer at Kaiser Permanente

Supporting over 12 million patients over 737 facilities, US healthcare provider Kaiser Permanente works to ensure that its staff is representative of the people it supports. 

About 72% of its over 220,960 employees are female, 70% are people of colour, and half of its executive team is female, and The Human Rights Campaign Foundation has celebrated Kaiser Permanente as an LGBTQ+ healthcare leader for over a decade.

“You had an obligation to have a voice,” Gregory says. “Turning away from injustice isn’t an option.”

4. Johnson & Johnson

CEO: Joaquin Duato

Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer: Wanda Hope

Wanda Hope, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer at Johnson & Johnson

A household name for its medical, pharmaceutical, and consumer goods, Johnson & Johnson was founded over 130 years ago and now employs over 140,000 people. The company is a founding member of the Unstereotype Alliance, and is working towards 50% women in management globally by 2025. In the US, Johnson & Johnson is working towards a target of 35% racial diversity in management positions.

In 2017, Joaquin was named an Honourable Mentor by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, which recognises an individual who exemplifies long-term advocacy for current and future women leaders.

“Johnson & Johnson is an innovation based company, and diversity is at the root of innovation,” says Joaquin. 

“A culture of inclusion opens the door to new ideas while ensuring that our teams reflect the communities that we serve.”

3. Novartis

CEO: Vas Narasimhan

Chief Diversity & Culture Officer: Hannah Perry

Hannah Perry, Chief Diversity & Culture Officer at Novartis

Headquartered in Switzerland, global pharmaceutical company Novartis believes that a safe, supportive working environment with DEI training embedded into practices is the best space for innovation and productivity. The company’s 110,000 employees represent a wide range of groups, and Novartis was included in Bloomberg’s 2022 Gender-Equality Index, as well as receiving awards from Stonewall for its LGBTQ+ employment.

“Fundamentally for Novartis, if we want to reimagine medicine, we have to address issues in inequality systematically,” shares Vas.

“This is going to be a long road, there's no question. And that's why we're committed.”

2. Accenture

CEO: Julie Sweet

Chief Diversity Officer: Beck Bailey

Beck Bailey is Chief Diversity Officer at Accenture

Leading consultancy Accenture employs over 738,000 people globally. The firm prioritises diversity training in three key areas:

  • Awareness
  • Management
  • Professional development

Alongside celebrating its achievements in gender pay equality, Accenture is working to achieve gender equality in roles across the company by 2025. Accenture consistently sits at the top of the Disability Equality Index, the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index and has recently been celebrated as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the 17th year in a row.

“Our commitment to ethics, human rights and strong corporate governance is the foundation on which we build trust with all our stakeholders,” Julie comments.

1. Sodexo

CEO: Sophie Bellon​​​​​​​

Sophie Bellon, CEO of Sodexo

Food and management services provider Sodexo is active in 55 countries and has over 400,000 employees serving more than 100 million customers every day. 

Gender balance has been a priority for Sodexo for over two decades, and women make up 60% of Sodexo’s board of directors, 29% of its executive committee and over 55% of its staff. Sodexo actively engages its staff in inclusion training, and offers employee communities, programmes and initiatives to support the diverse needs of its employees.

“We believe that gender balance fosters creativity and innovation, and ultimately drives better business results,” says Sophie. 

“When women reach their full potential, businesses and society are stronger and more successful.”


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