WHY IT’S ON THE LIST
Few companies have the dedicated diversity-and-inclusion leadership of Cox Communications’ President, Pat Esser. He chairs the company’s National Diversity Council and consistently communicates how diversity is a critical part of the culture, values and business. He meets with employee resource groups and local diversity councils, and this year spent time with Millennial employees to gain insight on their ideas about diversity and inclusion and their experiences at Cox. At his request, Cox added five Millennial employees to the National Diversity Council.
Esser also holds senior executives accountable for diversity results by having diversity-related goals in their performance plans.
This year, jumping four spots, Cox redesigned its employee resource groups to support specific segments of underrepresented populations. Cox continues to have multicultural resource groups across the enterprise.
The company this year also enhanced its diversity-recruiting strategy and ensured that all recruiters in Talent Acquisition were trained in this strategy, which includes cultural-competence education, social media, building relationships with multicultural nonprofits and presenting diverse pools of candidates.
“Diversity and inclusion has been at the core of Cox Communications’ mission and values for more than 50 years. I’m proud of the work we continue to do to foster diversity with our people, customers, suppliers and in the community.”
Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer
“As a diversity leader, it’s important to partner, influence and educate across our organization. We are passionate and committed to ensuring our work contributes to business success.”
U.S. Headquarters: Atlanta
U.S. Employees: 20,000