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WellPoint: No. 29 in the DiversityInc Top 50

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WHY IT’S ON THE LIST

 
The health-insurance company moves up 11 spots with an emphasis on talent development. WellPoint ties diversity goals to executive-performance reviews, including improving the company’s increased female and racial/ethnic diversity in management.

WellPoint continues to make significant strides in its supplier-diversity initiatives. Annual supplier-diversity goals are included in performance-management goals for all associates. Achievement of supplier-diversity goals is tied to the compensation of the CEO, executive leaders, and supplier-diversity and procurement associates.

The company has an innovative mentoring program, which includes leadership-development mentoring, resource-group-facilitated mentoring, virtual mentoring and peer mentoring.

WellPoint has nine employee resource groups, called Associate Resource Groups, with 56 chapters in the United States. They have formal charters and are available to all employees. They 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 resource-group members.

WellPoint also is known for its community outreach, including participating in Dollars for Doers, a program to help employees turn volunteer hours into dollars for nonprofits.

DIVERSITY LEADERSHIP

Joseph Swedish
CEO

“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. WellPoint’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.”
Tracy Edmonds
Staff Vice President and 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.”

 

COMPANY FACTS

U.S. Headquarters: Indianapolis

U.S. Employees: 48,224

OTHER DIVERSITYINC LISTS

  • No. 3 Top 10 Companies for Supplier Diversity
  • No. 7 Top 10 Companies for People With Disabilities