5 Great Regional Companies for Diversity

In trying to find a way to showcase the diversity-management efforts of locally based organizations that can’t compete on the scale of national and multinational corporations, we conducted a competition based on a 50-question subset of The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity survey.


It included essential questions in the four areas we measureCEO Commitment, Human Capital, Corporate and Organizational Communications, and Supplier Diversity. We invited companies in 24 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), mostly in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and New England, to participate. Here are five organizations that stood out, in their ranked order.

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No. 1: KeyCorp, Cleveland

The regional bank, whose CEO, Beth Mooney, is a strong proponent of D&I, has a CEO-led executive diversity council, and 15 percent of executive bonuses are tied to diversity goals. Its cross-cultural mentoring program is particularly effective, with two-thirds of its managers participating.

No. 2: PNC Bank, Pittsburgh

With strong mentoring and resource groups, PNC has made great progress in its efforts to promote women. There are almost 20 percent more women in the second level of management (direct reports to the CEO’s direct reports) than the average of all companies that submitted.

No. 3: Ameren, St. Louis

The utility company has very strong CEO support in Tom Voss and deep community connections. Ameren spends 8 percent of its gross revenue on philanthropy and directs half of that to multicultural nonprofits.

No. 4, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Newark

The health-insurance company takes advantage of the diversity of its home city, with its new hires of Blacks and Latinos more than double the average percentages of submissions.

No. 5: SSM Health Care, St. Louis

The hospital system has strong mentoring and work/life programs and has increased its women in top management.

The other participants, in alphabetical order, were: American Diabetes Association, Cintas Corporation, DotFoods, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Huntington National Bank, The Laclede Group, Moffitt Cancer Center, State Street Corporation, and Thompson Hine LLP. We commend them for sharing their data and for their commitment to improving their diversity-management initiatives.

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