U.S. Headquarters: Burbank, Calif.
Global Employees: 175,000
U.S. Employees: 115,111
Why It’s on the List
The Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Robert Iger is very committed to diversity and expects his reports to exhibit that same commitment. He ties executives’ bonuses to diversity goals and personally signs off on them. He meets regularly with the company’s employee resource groups and ensures that his reports sponsor groups. Iger signs off on goals and achievements for supplier diversity and has the head of supplier diversity present to the board of directors. Iger also chairs the company’s executive diversity council, which meets quarterly.
Walt Disney has 12 core employee resource groups that it taps for recruitment and marketing purposes. It measures the success of its groups through return on investment, internal and external business-partner collaborations, and national, regional and global representation, to name a few metrics.
The company, which moves up five spots, is a leader in supporting veterans. Its Heroes Work Here initiative was implemented to provide jobs and career opportunities for returning U.S. veterans. The program also helps to support military families and veterans during their transition back to civilian life.
Chairman and CEO
“The rich diversity of voices and perspectives among Disney employees allows us to evolve and adapt to rapidly changing markets and better understand the needs and expectations of our consumers around the world.”
Chief Diversity Officer
“Each day, our employees around the world delight our guests, create magical and memorable experiences and produce unrivaled entertainment. Their varied talent, perspectives and expertise contribute to experiences that reflect not only their own diversity, but the diverse consumers and audiences around the world that we aim to serve.”