U.S. Headquarters: Hartford, Conn.
U.S. Employees: 35,014
Last Year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking: No. 24
Why It’s on the List
The health-insurance company continues to be a diversity-management leader, with visible support from Chairman, CEO and President Mark T. Bertolini.
A strong advocate of LGBT and disability rights, Bertolini meets with resource groups every quarter, has half of his direct reports as resource-group executive sponsors, and links executive compensation to diversity goals. He was the first straight ally board member of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.
Aetna has some of the best resource groups we’ve seen, and in 2012, the company started a Resource Group Leadership Council. The company uses its engagement survey to measure resource-group members’ work satisfaction versus that of nonmembers. Its groups include a very successful group for teleworkers, plus a group for veterans and groups based on age and religion.
The mentoring program has been improving, and 75 percent of company managers now participate. Types of mentoring available include group and virtual mentoring. Mentoring success is reviewed annually, and executives in the top two levels participate.
The company also has a deep history of community philanthropy, with almost half its charitable donations going to multicultural nonprofits.
Chairman, CEO and President
“We believe our customers benefit when our workforce reflects the communities in which we live and work. When we invite different points of view to the table, and are open to the innovation that can result from active listening, we create better products and services. I believe we also become a better employer.”
Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
“Aetna’s dedication to an inclusive workforce and supplier base means our organization is enriched with people from different cultures, experiences, lifestyles and beliefs. This commitment translates to an Aetna population of employees and vendors that truly understands the different needs of our global customers.”