The Best Employers for Diversity 2018

The Best Employers for Diversity 2018

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Basic Principle

The top 250 "Best Employers for Diversity" have been chosen based on an independent survey from a vast sample of 30,000 American employees working for firms or institutions with 1,000 or more employees. The employees were not consulted via their employers but anonymously through several online panels. By doing so, the employee could openly state his/her opinion, avoiding any influence from their employer. The survey was conducted using an online access panel, providing a representative sample of employees.


Selection of Employers

In an open-ended question with an autofill-option, each employee was asked which firm or institution he or she worked for. Where appropriate, subsidiaries of larger entities were combined for evaluation. The survey was conducted on companies from all industry sectors employing more than 1,000 employees in the United States.

The recommended employers have been classified into one or more of the 25 industry sectors listed below:

  • Construction, Oil & Gas Operations, Mining and Chemicals
  • Utilities
  • Engineering, Manufacturing
  • Automotive (Automotive and Suppliers)
  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Drugs & Biotechnology
  • Semiconductors, Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Technology Hardware & Equipment
  • Health Care Equipment & Services
  • Packaged Goods
  • Food, Soft Beverages, Alcohol & Tobacco
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Banking and Financial Services
  • Insurances
  • Telecommunications Services, Cable Supplier
  • IT, Internet, Software & Services
  • Professional Services
  • Media & Advertising
  • Business Services & Supplies
  • Government Services
  • Education
  • Healthcare & Social
  • Retail, Wholesale
  • Clothing, Shoes, Sports Equipment (Manufacturing and Retail)
  • Restaurants
  • Travel & Leisure


Evaluation Criteria

The evaluation was based on four different criteria:

1. Direct recommendations: The employees were asked to give their opinion on a series of statements surrounding the topics concerning their own employer

  • Age
  • gender equality
  • ethnicity
  • disability
  • LGBTQ+
  • general diversity

The rate of agreement/disagreement regarding the statements was measured on a 5-point Likert scale. In order to take the opinions of diverse groups into account, the recommendations of women, elders, and ethnic minorities were weighted significantly higher than the recommendations from non-minority groups. In addition, a perception correction factor (comparison between recommendations from minorities vs. from non-minorities) was considered.

2. Indirect recommendations: Additionally, participants were given the chance to evaluate other employers in their respective industries that stand out either positively or negatively with regard to diversity. Only the recommendations of minority groups were considered.

3. Diversity among top executives / board: Based on extensive research an index was built based on the share of women who fill top executive or board positions. Statista researched this data for each company using publicly available company information (Nov./Dec. 2017)

4. Diversity KPIs: An index of objective and publicly available diversity KPIs (e.g. existence of a department/position responsible for diversity, proactive communication of diverse company culture) was created. Statista researched these KPIs for each company using publicly available company information.



A score was calculated for each criterion and the sum was consolidated into a final score for each employer on a scale from 0 to 100, ranking the employers accordingly

The 250 highest-scoring companies were awarded "The Best Employers for Diversity"


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RankEmployer BrandIndustry
1Northern TrustBanking and Financial Services
2Smithsonian InstitutionTravel & Leisure
3Levy RestaurantsRestaurants
4IntuitIT, Internet, Software & Services
5Harvard UniversityEducation
6Principal FinancialBanking and Financial Services
7Emory UniversityEducation
8Wegmans Food MarketsRetail, Wholesale
9Keller Williams RealtyBusiness Services & Supplies
10AbbVieDrugs & Biotechnology
11Stanford UniversityEducation
12SAPIT, Internet, Software & Services
13Consumers EnergyUtilities
14Health Care Service GroupInsurances
15The YTravel & Leisure
16University of Iowa HealthcareHealthcare & Social
17HyattTravel & Leisure
18Nationwide Mutual InsuranceInsurances
19Carolinas HealthCare SystemHealthcare & Social
20Kaiser PermanenteHealthcare & Social
21ADPBusiness Services & Supplies
22HallmarkPackaged Goods
23Mayo ClinicHealthcare & Social
24Grant ThorntonProfessional Services
25Liberty MutualInsurances
27Procter & GamblePackaged Goods
28JetBlue AirwaysTransportation and Logistics
29The Walt Disney CompanyMedia & Advertising
30salesforce.comIT, Internet, Software & Services
31Johns Hopkins MedicineHealthcare & Social
32United Services Automobile AssociationInsurances
33Blue Cross & Blue Shield of TennesseeInsurances
34GoogleIT, Internet, Software & Services
35UCSF Medical CenterHealthcare & Social
36ESPNMedia & Advertising
37Johnson & JohnsonDrugs & Biotechnology
38AccentureProfessional Services
39PfizerDrugs & Biotechnology
40Virginia Commonwealth UniversityEducation
41VisaBanking and Financial Services
42NBCUniversalMedia & Advertising
43General DynamicsAerospace & Defense
44IKEARetail, Wholesale
45CBREBusiness Services & Supplies
46Cox EnterprisesMedia & Advertising
47PWC (PriceWaterhouseCoopers)Professional Services
48PCL ConstructionConstruction, Oil & Gas Operations, Mining and Chemicals
49New York UniversityEducation
50KPMGProfessional Services
51AmgenDrugs & Biotechnology
52Sharp HealthCareHealthcare & Social
53Medical University of South CarolinaEducation
54Michigan State UniversityEducation
55CH2MConstruction, Oil & Gas Operations, Mining and Chemicals
56Kimberly-ClarkPackaged Goods
57BayCareHealthcare & Social
58Lee Memorial Health SystemHealthcare & Social
59TIAABanking and Financial Services
60DeloitteProfessional Services
61NielsenProfessional Services
62CumminsEngineering, Manufacturing
63Walt Disney Parks & ResortsTravel & Leisure
64Penguin Random HouseMedia & Advertising
65Washington University in St LouisEducation
66Lockheed MartinAerospace & Defense
67Stanley Black & DeckerSemiconductors, Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Technology Hardware & Equipment
68Edward JonesBanking and Financial Services
69Lincoln FinancialBanking and Financial Services
70New York LifeInsurances
71Northwestern MutualInsurances
72SAICBusiness Services & Supplies
73J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.Banking and Financial Services
74TapestryClothing, Shoes, Sports Equipment (Manufacturing and Retail)
75Air ProductsConstruction, Oil & Gas Operations, Mining and Chemicals
76SiemensEngineering, Manufacturing
77REIClothing, Shoes, Sports Equipment (Manufacturing and Retail)
78Ernst & Young (EY)Professional Services
79Cincinnati Children'sHealthcare & Social
80Live Nation EntertainmentTravel & Leisure
81NestléFood, Soft Beverages, Alcohol & Tobacco
82Cisco SystemsIT, Internet, Software & Services
83Novant HealthHealthcare & Social
84Johns Hopkins UniversityEducation
85General ElectricEngineering, Manufacturing
86Delta Air LinesTransportation and Logistics
87Compass GroupBusiness Services & Supplies
88IBMIT, Internet, Software & Services
89IntelSemiconductors, Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Technology Hardware & Equipment
90VerizonTelecommunications Services, Cable Supplier
91Pearson EducationMedia & Advertising
92H&MClothing, Shoes, Sports Equipment (Manufacturing and Retail)
93Boston ScientificHealth Care Equipment & Services
94ConocoPhillipsConstruction, Oil & Gas Operations, Mining and Chemicals
95City National BankBanking and Financial Services
96Northrop GrummanAerospace & Defense
97Discover Financial ServicesBanking and Financial Services
98BoeingAerospace & Defense
99University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)Education
100North Carolina State University at RaleighEducation
101LUSHPackaged Goods
102Foot LockerClothing, Shoes, Sports Equipment (Manufacturing and Retail)
103Tim HortonsRestaurants
104Synchrony FinancialBanking and Financial Services
105Ohio State UniversityEducation
106QualcommSemiconductors, Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Technology Hardware & Equipment
107PaychexBusiness Services & Supplies
108Boston Consulting GroupProfessional Services
109VMwareIT, Internet, Software & Services
110PepsiCoFood, Soft Beverages, Alcohol & Tobacco
111BiogenDrugs & Biotechnology
112ShellConstruction, Oil & Gas Operations, Mining and Chemicals
113Ashland ChemicalsConstruction, Oil & Gas Operations, Mining and Chemicals
114HiltonTravel & Leisure
115PG&E (Pacific Gas and Electric)Utilities
116The GapClothing, Shoes, Sports Equipment (Manufacturing and Retail)
117Marriott InternationalTravel & Leisure
118Huntington National BankBanking and Financial Services
119Harley-DavidsonAutomotive (Automotive and Suppliers)
120Blue Cross & Blue Shield of MichiganInsurances
121Philips HealthcareHealth Care Equipment & Services
122SkanskaConstruction, Oil & Gas Operations, Mining and Chemicals
123PAREXELDrugs & Biotechnology
124AMC TheatresTravel & Leisure
125NextEra EnergyUtilities
126MGM Resorts InternationalTravel & Leisure
127eBayRetail, Wholesale
128LexmarkSemiconductors, Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Technology Hardware & Equipment
129Providence Health & ServicesHealthcare & Social
130PVH (Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein)Clothing, Shoes, Sports Equipment (Manufacturing and Retail)
131TD BankBanking and Financial Services
132University of FloridaEducation
133United Health CareInsurances
134McKessonHealth Care Equipment & Services
135StrykerHealth Care Equipment & Services
136HasbroPackaged Goods
137Estée LauderPackaged Goods
138Baptist Health SystemHealthcare & Social
141Ultimate SoftwareIT, Internet, Software & Services
142General MillsFood, Soft Beverages, Alcohol & Tobacco
143Southern CompanyUtilities
144MasterCardBanking and Financial Services
145SephoraRetail, Wholesale
147NordstromClothing, Shoes, Sports Equipment (Manufacturing and Retail)
148Boston Children's HospitalHealthcare & Social
149Panda ExpressRestaurants
150U.S. BankBanking and Financial Services
151Conagra BrandsFood, Soft Beverages, Alcohol & Tobacco
152Vision Service PlanInsurances
153ExxonMobilConstruction, Oil & Gas Operations, Mining and Chemicals
154Takeda PharmaceuticalDrugs & Biotechnology
155Tilly's - Surf and Skate ClothingClothing, Shoes, Sports Equipment (Manufacturing and Retail)
156SchlumbergerConstruction, Oil & Gas Operations, Mining and Chemicals
158Charter CommunicationsTelecommunications Services, Cable Supplier
159LeidosIT, Internet, Software & Services
160NVIDIASemiconductors, Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Technology Hardware & Equipment
161Duke EnergyUtilities
162AppleSemiconductors, Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Technology Hardware & Equipment
163MedtronicHealth Care Equipment & Services
164NRG EnergyUtilities
165Cleveland ClinicHealthcare & Social
166RaytheonAerospace & Defense
167Zurich Insurance GroupInsurances
168PPG IndustriesConstruction, Oil & Gas Operations, Mining and Chemicals
169LEGO GroupPackaged Goods
170EcolabBusiness Services & Supplies
172CBSMedia & Advertising
173Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyEducation
174HyundaiAutomotive (Automotive and Suppliers)
175McKinsey & CompanyProfessional Services
176Dominion EnergyUtilities
177Covenant HealthHealthcare & Social
178Texas InstrumentsSemiconductors, Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Technology Hardware & Equipment
179SLALOMProfessional Services
180Coca-ColaFood, Soft Beverages, Alcohol & Tobacco
181Trader Joe'sRetail, Wholesale
182Becton DickinsonHealth Care Equipment & Services
183EatonEngineering, Manufacturing
184Raising Cane's Chicken FingersRestaurants
185Marathon PetroleumConstruction, Oil & Gas Operations, Mining and Chemicals
186AmazonIT, Internet, Software & Services
187Hot TopicClothing, Shoes, Sports Equipment (Manufacturing and Retail)
188Hewlett Packard EnterpriseIT, Internet, Software & Services
189American ExpressBanking and Financial Services
190TDS (Telephone and Data Systems)Telecommunications Services, Cable Supplier
191GenentechDrugs & Biotechnology
192Penn State HealthHealthcare & Social
193AT&TTelecommunications Services, Cable Supplier
194Ingersoll RandSemiconductors, Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Technology Hardware & Equipment
195Navy Federal Credit UnionBanking and Financial Services
196GlaxoSmithKlineDrugs & Biotechnology
197Starwood Hotels and ResortsTravel & Leisure
198Capital OneBanking and Financial Services
199Novartis PharmaceuticalsDrugs & Biotechnology
200H&R BlockProfessional Services
201Quicken LoansBanking and Financial Services
202DanaherHealth Care Equipment & Services
203Yum! BrandsRestaurants
204University of Texas Southwestern Medical CenterHealthcare & Social
205Southwest AirlinesTransportation and Logistics
206HomeAdvisorIT, Internet, Software & Services
207BlackbaudIT, Internet, Software & Services
208Yale New Haven HealthHealthcare & Social
209GEICO Auto InsuranceInsurances
210University of WashingtonEducation
211Columbia University in the City of New YorkEducation
212Darden RestaurantsRestaurants
213AdeccoBusiness Services & Supplies
214University of AlabamaEducation
215PSEG (Public Service Enterprise Group)Utilities
216Case Western Reserve UniversityEducation
217Toyota North AmericaAutomotive (Automotive and Suppliers)
218T-MobileTelecommunications Services, Cable Supplier
219ChevronConstruction, Oil & Gas Operations, Mining and Chemicals
220AutodeskIT, Internet, Software & Services
221FM GlobalInsurances
222Lockton CompaniesInsurances
223HondaAutomotive (Automotive and Suppliers)
224Memorial Healthcare SystemHealthcare & Social
225BloombergMedia & Advertising
226Texas Children's HospitalHealthcare & Social
228NissanAutomotive (Automotive and Suppliers)
229American Family InsuranceInsurances
231Dow ChemicalConstruction, Oil & Gas Operations, Mining and Chemicals
232MicrosoftIT, Internet, Software & Services
233SyscoFood, Soft Beverages, Alcohol & Tobacco
234H-E-B Grocery StoresRetail, Wholesale
235University of MinnesotaEducation
236Whole Foods MarketRetail, Wholesale
237HarmonsRetail, Wholesale
238NikeClothing, Shoes, Sports Equipment (Manufacturing and Retail)
239Sanofi GenzymeDrugs & Biotechnology
240PayPalIT, Internet, Software & Services
241Moss AdamsProfessional Services
242Yale UniversityEducation
243University of Colorado HealthHealthcare & Social
244RocheDrugs & Biotechnology
245Franklin Templeton InvestmentsBanking and Financial Services
246Johnson ControlsEngineering, Manufacturing
247CaterpillarEngineering, Manufacturing
248NokiaSemiconductors, Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Technology Hardware & Equipment
249PrudentialBanking and Financial Services
250MD Anderson Cancer CenterHealthcare & Social

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