WHY IT’S ON THE LIST
Anthem, formerly WellPoint, moves up six spots in its ninth year in a row on the list. The company places an emphasis on supplier-diversity initiatives, employee resource groups, talent development and mentoring.
A senior-level executive serves as a mentor to help suppliers grow their businesses. Achievement of supplier-diversity goals is tied to the compensation of CEO Joseph Swedish, executive leaders and supplier-diversity and procurement associates. Annual supplier-diversity goals are included in performance-management goals for all associates.
There are currently nine employee resource groups, called Associate Resource Groups: ABLE (Abilities Beyond Limited Expectations), ACE (Asians Committed to Excellence), ANGLE (Associate Network for Gay and Lesbian
Equality), APEX (African-American Associate Network), HYPE (Healthcare Young Professional Exchange), SOMOS (Hispanic/Latino Associate Network), VOA (Veterans Organization of Anthem), W@VE (Working @ Anthem in a Virtual Environment) and WIN (Women’s Inspired Network). There are 56 chapters in the United States.
The groups are used for recruitment, talent development, on-boarding new employees, mentoring, diversity training and marketplace outreach. Their progress is assessed through metrics around employee engagement and the demographics of the group members.
The company has an innovative mentoring program, which includes leadership-development mentoring, resource-group-facilitated mentoring, virtual mentoring and peer mentoring.
“Having diverse associates and leaders who understand the unique needs of our consumers allows us to implement business solutions that effectively address the evolving healthcare needs, preferences and cultural values of the communities we serve. Anthem’s ranking among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity is evidence of our effort to leverage the tremendous value that a diverse workforce and supplier base present to our business.”
Chief Diversity Officer
“Now more than ever, closing health-disparity gaps depends upon our ability to know our customers, develop products and programs that meet their unique needs, and to serve them in a culturally competent way. This recognition is a testament to our commitment to the diverse families and individuals who rely on us for access to health benefits and services.”
U.S. Headquarters: Indianapolis, Ind.
U.S. Employees: 51,000
Last Year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking: No. 29
OTHER DIVERSITYINC LISTS
No. 3 Top 10 Companies for Supplier Diversity