WHY IT’S ON THE LIST
- ERG Sponsorship by Third-Level Senior Managers: More than double the Top 10 average and more than five times the Top 50 average
- Mentoring by All Managers: 56.8% higher than the Top 10, more than double the Top 50 average and four times higher than the average of U.S. companies overall
- Supplier Diversity: 50.3% higher than the Top 10 and 94.3% higher than the Top 50 on subcontractors who are minority owned
IBM describes itself as “a company united by its values and the strength of character of every person that is an IBMer.”
One way the company portrays this belief is through its diversity councils. These groups, which are headed by senior-level executives, meet monthly, and the company directly ties executive compensation to goals set by the diversity council.
The company also has 148 chapters of employee resource groups (ERGs) spread across 45 countries serving various groups, including women, people with disabilities, LGBTs, veterans, Asians and Blacks.
In addition, IBM also has educational programs aimed at helping women succeed in the company. One such program, Building Relationship and Influence (BRI), is an award-winning program that has graduated more than 3,000 women. Designed for senior level women, this nomination-based program helps women build business relationships as well as professional leadership skills.
Chairman, President and CEO
“I would redefine diversity differently now. It is really about engagement. Engagement means giving people the freedom to contribute in any way they are comfortable, and when we do that, we unlock entire segments of the population.”
Chief Diversity Officer
“IBM’s long standing commitment to diversity and inclusion affords us the ability to accelerate our innovation as we unleash the immense talent of all IBMers around the world. Creating an environment of inclusion is not a program, it’s corporate value that has to flow through the DNA of an organization — at IBM it is part of who we are as a company.”
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