Comcast NBCUniversal makes a major move up of 14 spots in its third straight year on the list. Its progress is attributed to improved talent development, strong community service, a powerful executive diversity council and employee resource groups.
The company has always had an impressive record of community service, but as diversity initiatives have increasingly become front and center, the focus of much of the philanthropy toward underserved communities has increased. For example, Comcast NBCUniversal recently hired 3,000 veterans as part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes Initiative.
The company’s improved talent pipeline can be attributed to many factors, but focused leadership programs and succession planning with diversity in mind are critical.
The employee resource groups include Abilities Network (about people with disabilities), Asian Pacific Americans at Comcast, Black Professional Alliance, OUT (about LGBT employees), Veterans Network, Women’s Network, Young Professionals Network and Unidos (about Latino/Hispanic employees). The
groups have a mentoring program that provides one-on-one mentoring with senior executives for high-potential employees.
Comcast NBCUniversal also has a supplier-diversity program, which includes initiatives for Blacks, Latinos, Asians, women, service-disabled veterans, LGBT people and people with disabilities.
Chairman and CEO
“Comcast NBCUniversal is at the crossroads of media and technology, and we insist on, and welcome, the business advantage that diversity and inclusion offers: forward thinking ideas to better connect with, and best serve, our customers and audiences. There is incredible opportunity that results from practicing inclusion, every day.”
Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
“Inclusion welcomes every voice to the table. We are dedicated to engaging all audiences and communities by practicing inclusion within our governance, workforce, supply chain, programming, and community investments. We are resolute in this commitment and to our goal of becoming the model company for diversity and inclusion.”
Last Year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking:No. 44
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