U.S. Headquarters: Burbank, Calif.
Global Employees: 166,000
U.S. Employees: 109,094
Last Year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking: DiversityInc’s 25 Noteworthy Companies
Why It’s on the List
The company returns to the list this year after a two-year absence. Chairman and CEO Robert Iger chairs the executive diversity council, signs off on compensation tied to diversity goals, meets with resource groups, and communicates visible support of D&I internally and externally.
The company has a diverse board of directors: The 10-member board has four women, one Black, one Asian and one Latino member.
The company’s resource groups are available to all employees, including hourly and shift workers. The company funds these groups and allows them to meet during the workday. The groups host panel discussions and other learning opportunities for all employees and share educational articles through the company intranet.
One group, ESPN’s ENABLED, hosts management sessions on disability etiquette, while EQUAL facilitates discussions for the LGBT community. The company measures resource-group success through event attendance, membership, external awards, completion of business plan, revenue and business aligned targets ROI, business-partner collaboration, and cross-group collaboration.
Disney’s philanthropic efforts to multicultural organizations include GLSEN, the NAACP, the Los Angeles Urban League, ALPFA and the National Hispanic Media Coalition. More than 20 percent of its senior executives sit on the board of multicultural nonprofits.
Chairman and CEO
“Diversity fuels creativity, and our company benefits from the uniqueness of our workforce. Having a variety of perspectives helps drive innovation and creativity, and we always strive to reflect the diversity of the people Disney serves around the world.”
Chief Diversity Officer
“The Walt Disney Company excels at storytelling and each day our employees bring the benefit of their unique experiences, talents and cultures to our parks and resorts, studios, and campuses around the globe. This diversity enables us to better serve our consumers and recognizes the magic in all of us.”