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Colgate-Palmolive: No. 21 in the DiversityInc Top 50

Colgate Palmolive Company logo

Company Information

U.S. Headquarters: New York
Global Employees: 38,000
U.S. Employees: 5,145
Last Year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking: No. 10

Why It’s on the List


A mainstay on the list, the consumer-packaged-goods company has a D&I effort that impacts most of its small U.S. employee base (5,145 workers) as well as its much larger global worker population (87 percent of its workers are located outside the United States).

Chairman, President and CEO Ian Cook chairs the executive diversity council, meets regularly with resource groups, and signs off on executive compensation linked directly to D&I goals. The 10-member board of directors is 50 percent Black, Latino and Asian, and diversity is factored into succession planning at all senior-management levels.

Colgate-Palmolive has strong resource groups, both in the United States and globally. Its Colgate Women’s Network has 26 chapters in 36 countries. Hourly workers participate in the groups, which is always an issue in this industry. The groups are used for talent-development initiatives as well as diversity training.

The company also has a long history of multicultural philanthropy including relationships with UNCF (the United Negro College Fund) and National Hispanic Corporate Achievers. Twenty-five percent of its senior executives (top two levels) sit on multicultural boards.

Diversity Leadership

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 Workplace Initiatives

“At Colgate, we strive to create a truly inclusive environment that allows us to benefit from diverse viewpoints. Our diversity is an enormous source of strength and advantage for our business and it’s an essential part of our efforts to enhance innovation throughout the company.”