WHY IT’S ON THE LIST
Aetna is a mainstay on the list for its commitment to employee resource groups, creating an inclusive work environment and talent development. Chairman, CEO and President Mark Bertolini signs off on executive compensation tied to diversity goals and frequently communicates the business benefits of diversity internally and externally. In addition, he meets with employee resource groups quarterly.
Aetna has 15 employee resource groups across the country with more than 100,000 employees, led by an Employee Resource Group (ERG) Leadership Council. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion provides guidance to the ERG Leadership Council. In addition, the office appoints executive sponsors, ERG chairs and vice chairs, and allocates ERG budget expenditures.
Groups include those for Blacks, Asians, Latinos, American Indians, LGBT people, employees with disabilities, veterans and religious faiths. Aetna also has groups for teleworkers, caregivers and working families.
The company’s mentoring program has become a pillar of its talent- development efforts, with 75 percent of managers participating. Mentoring initiatives include group mentoring, programs for on-boarding new hires, and virtual and peer mentoring.
Chairman, CEO and President
“At Aetna, diversity is part of how we do business in order to meet the needs of an increasingly global marketplace. By encouraging and promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace, we are exposed to different cultures, opinions and ideas that help us to create innovative products and services that connect us to the customers we serve.”
Vice President, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
“With the shift to consumerism in healthcare, it has never been more important for us to attract and retain talent that reflects the diversity of the American consumer. As our company continues to grow, we are taking strategic steps to maintain an inclusive work environment where all ideas, styles, perspectives and experiences are leveraged for business results and success in the marketplace.”
U.S. Headquarters: Hartford, Conn.
Global Employees: 49,048
U.S. Employees: 48.386
Last Year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking: No. 19