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DiversityInc's 2016 Top 50 Announcement Dinner & Learning Sessions


April 19 | Cipriani Wall Street | New York City


No. 38 | Colgate-Palmolive | DiversityInc Top 50

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Colgate-Palmolive has earned a spot on this list more than 10 times. The company has a commitment to strong employee resource groups and talent- development initiatives.

The company’s diverse, 10-member board of directors reflects an ethos that successful diversity management begins with a commitment to diversity goals at the most senior levels.

Colgate-Palmolive’s employee resource groups are structured and have formal charters. Groups are used to help with talent development, mentoring, on-boarding of new employees, diversity recruitment and marketing efforts to their respective communities. The varied types of groups include one for new employees and another for parents. Because a large percentage of Colgate- Palmolive’s workforce is located out of the United States, it has global resource groups.

Its supplier-diversity efforts also follow many best practices, such as using certified vendors only, establishing projected goals, integrating supplier diversity into overall corporate business planning and reporting the metrics to the company’s senior leaders every quarter.


Ian Cook
Chairman, President and CEO

“Colgate-Palmolive’s leadership position in the global marketplace is directly linked to the unique contributions of our people. Around the world, Colgate People offer a wide range of talents and perspectives that continue to enhance our culture, grow our business and sustain our success.”
Eugene Kelly
Worldwide Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion

“The rich diversity of our people is key to our success. We remain committed to maintaining an environment that celebrates the differences of Colgate People, values their contributions and provides opportunities for personal and professional growth.”


U.S. Headquarters: New York City

Global Employees:  37,400

U.S. Employees:  4,972


Last Year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking: No. 30

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