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Colgate-Palmolive: No. 30 in the DiversityInc Top 50

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A perennial on this list, the consumer-packaged-goods company has strong talent-development initiatives and employee resource groups.

The company has a very diverse board of directors. Its 10-member board has two Blacks, one Asian, one Latino and two women.

Colgate-Palmolive is a very global company, with 86.7 percent of its workforce outside of the United States. The Colgate Women’s Network has 26 chapters in 36 countries.

The company has eight employee resource groups, all of which have formal charters. This includes groups for parents and new employees. Groups are used to help with diversity recruitment, talent development, mentoring, diversity training, on-boarding of new employees and marketing efforts to their respective communities.

The company’s website has a strong diversity presence, accessible from the homepage and featuring multiple images of people from underrepresented groups.

Its supplier-diversity efforts also use many best practices, such as 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: 38,000

U.S. Employees: 5,117