U.S. Headquarters: Atlanta
U.S. Employees: 19,977
Last Year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking: No. 25
Why It’s on the List
The strong commitment of President Pat Esser continues to foster Cox’s progress in diversity management. Esser chairs the Corporate Diversity Council, meets quarterly with resource groups, and frequently communicates the benefits of D&I to the company’s culture, values and business.
Cox will be honored on Oct. 16 as DiversityInc’s Top Company for Community Philanthropy, with Esser accepting. Almost half of its charitable contributions go to multicultural nonprofits, including the Human Rights Campaign and the Walter Kaitz Foundation.
Under the guidance of Rhonda Taylor, Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer, the company continued to improve its D&I efforts in 2012. Cox implemented metrics to track mentoring performance. Mentoring programs include the Emerging Leaders Program and the High Potential Managers Program. Also, the WICT (Women in Cable Telecommunications) Program and Leadership Foundations Program enable high-potential employees to improve. Additionally, Cox’s HR department began to develop a new Cox Communications Mentoring Program. The purpose is to increase the internal talent pipeline.
Cox also started its first Technology Leadership Academy in partnership with the National Talent and Development Organization.
Other DiversityInc Lists
- No. 4 The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Blacks
Chairman, President and CEO
“Diversity is a critical component of today’s successful companies. A commitment to diversity and inclusion that includes our employees, our surrounding communities, product development and supplier relations provides a broad perspective of viewpoints—without them, creativity and innovation suffers. At Cox, diversity is a fundamental business value.”
Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer
“At Cox, diversity and inclusion are critical parts of our culture. To ensure our success, we embrace the differences of our people, employ team members who reflect our communities, and enable those communities to stay connected through the diverse products and services we offer. Our goal is to be the provider of choice, committed to diversity and inclusion for our employees, community, suppliers and the markets we serve.”