U.S. Headquarters: Atlanta
Global Employees: 146,200
U.S. Employees: 66,972
Last Year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking: No. 46
Why It’s on the List
Two full years after acquiring Coca-Cola Enterprises, the company continues to work diligently to integrate the two cultures and regain its prominence as a major diversity leader.
Chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent is a visible diversity leader who holds executives accountable for results and who personally communicates his support to employees and external stakeholders.
The company has nine business-resource groups that are available to all employees, including hourly workers. They are used for talent development, on-boarding, culturally competent diversity training, and for external community philanthropy and product outreach. The company shares its engagement results with the groups—broken down by race/ethnicity, gender, disabilities, orientation and military service. The data, and the groups’ own engagement surveys of their members, lead the groups to create specific business-plan actions.
The groups partner with a variety of external organizations, including Black, Latino. LGBT and military groups.
Coca-Cola is also a longtime leader in multicultural philanthropy. Those efforts include support of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Horizons National student-enrichment program, the Congressional Black and Hispanic caucuses, and many schools and universities.
Other DiversityInc Lists
- No. 10 The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Recruitment & Retention
- No. 2 The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Blacks
- No. 10 The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Latinos
Chairman and CEO
“Everything we do in terms of diversity is based on a simple, powerful and global premise: Our diversity should be as inclusive as our brands. Building a diverse and inclusive workforce is central to our 2020 Vision, which calls for us to ‘achieve true diversity’ throughout our business.”
Chief Diversity Officer
“We remain focused on creating a culture where each of our associates can contribute to the Company’s success by generating new ideas, creating breakthrough innovation, and participating in inclusive workplace initiatives that ensure we are leveraging the diverse perspectives of our organization. In essence, we remain focused on achieving true diversity.”