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No. 16 | Abbott


  • Chairman and CEO Miles White chairs the company’s executive inclusion council which meets monthly.
  • The company has more than one-third of Latinos in the top two levels of management than the national average for U.S. companies.
  • Abbott’s employee networks play a vital role in building an inclusive culture across its business operations. They help to expand visibility and opportunity for more than 3,000 members from minority and other potentially disadvantaged groups. A corporate officer supports each of these networks, helping to align their objectives with Abbott’s business strategies.

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At Abbott, we’re committed to creating life-changing technologies and products that help people live their best lives. For 130 years, we’ve brought new inventions — in medical devices, diagnostics, nutrition and medicines — to people in more than 150 countries around the world.

Abbott is a mainstay on DiversityInc’s list because of its commitment to talent-development and accountability. We value diversity — of people, products, technologies and geographies — and believe that diverse perspectives and shared goals inspire new ideas and better address changing healthcare needs.

Abbott links executive compensation to diversity metrics. This includes individual goals such as being an executive sponsor of an employee resource group or a cross-cultural mentor, as well as corporate diversity goals.

All of the executives in the top three levels of Abbott participate in the formal mentoring program. Mentors receive cultural-awareness training, and the pairings are designed to be cross-cultural. Abbott also has formal sponsorship for high-potential employees from underrepresented groups.


Miles D. White
Chairman and CEO

“Diversity is fundamental to Abbott. Not only are we one of the world’s most broadly diversified healthcare companies, with technology-driven businesses that span the spectrum of life and health – we’re also one of the most globalized, doing business in more than 150 countries. This gives us a deep-rooted understanding of, and appreciation for, diversity and the benefits it confers.”


Vildan Kehr
Divisional Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition

“Abbott is committed to increasing diversity in our company because we’re better, stronger and more innovative when it reflects all the people we serve, and can benefit from a broader range of experiences and perspectives.”


U.S. Headquarters: Abbott Park, Ill.

Global Employees: 99,000

Last Year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking • No. 10

  • No. 15 Mentoring
  • No. 17 Diversity Councils