WHY IT’S ON THE LIST
A constant on this list, The Coca-Cola Company continues its integration with Coca-Cola Enterprises and its corporate focus on multicultural talent development and moves up five spots.
Its senior executives, including Chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent, are involved with many nonprofits aimed at underrepresented groups. Corporate goals are linked to diversity metrics, including executive sponsorship of resource groups, being a cross-cultural mentor, and recruitment, promotions, retention and engagement in the person’s area of responsibility.
Coca-Cola has seven strong business resource groups, with formal charters and business-related goals including recruitment, on-boarding and marketing to their respective communities. The company’s engagement-survey results are shared with the business resource groups to help them create their business plans. The groups also survey their own members on engagement.
The company has a long history of philanthropy and has a formal volunteer program connecting employees with charities. Coca-Cola also has a Matching Gifts Program, matching up to $10,000 per participant each year. Its philanthropic endeavors include strong relationships with the United Negro College Fund and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.
Chairman and CEO
“At The Coca-Cola Company, Diversity is an absolute business imperative, as we operate in more than 200 countries around the world. Building a diverse and inclusive workforce is central to our 2020 Vision, which calls for us to “achieve true diversity” throughout our business. Diversity is one of our core values, and we strive to be as inclusive as our brands. Our Company has made the commitment to intensely focus on developing our people and to ensure a diverse workforce at the senior-management level and all other levels within the Company.”
Global Chief Diversity Officer
“At The Coca-Cola Company, we strive to be as inclusive as our brands. Across our system we constantly work to innovate—and true innovation comes from the weaving together of cultures, ideas, beliefs and experiences. That’s why in Atlanta we have more than 50 different nationalities represented at our corporate headquarters alone. It’s why we have Latin Americans assigned to top-level jobs in Asia, Europeans in high-level positions in North America, Africans in prominent roles in Australia and Eurasians working in Africa. We believe that we must all work together to achieve true diversity.”
U.S. Headquarters: Atlanta
Global Employees: 130,600
U.S. Employees: 65,865