No. 11 | Cox Communications


  • Cox took the first steps toward revising the business case for supplier diversity in 2018 by investing in and conducting an economic impact study on diverse supplier spending. Cox’s supplier diversity program will now be able to quantify its influence on employment, labor income, value added, and economic output by location.
  • Cox has increased total diverse supplier spend by $604.8M in 5 years while expanding the team, executive commitment, capabilities, diverse supplier relationships, partnerships, and community impact.
  • In 2018, Cox doubled down on tier 2 reporting compliance (yielding another double-digit percentage increase), continued its successful Supplier Diversity 101 class, expanded its scholarship program for the third consecutive year, and developed self-service reporting tools for employees, diversity councils, and ERGs to track supplier diversity spend in near-real time at the local level.


Diversity and inclusion play a vital role in Cox Communications’ strategy for success. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion begins at the top with President Pat Esser and Chief People Officer Karen Bennett, who lead our National Diversity & Inclusion Council.

Cox also relies on Regional Diversity & Inclusion Councils to cultivate stronger connections among our people, customers, community and suppliers. In 2018, Cox’s regional councils donated laptops to community centers in support of our Connect2Compete program. Councils also launched creative recruiting campaigns targeting women for non-traditional roles.

Along with training diverse suppliers and participating in the Cable Supplier Diversity Expo, councils shared certification renewal steps with at-risk suppliers. Cox’s Southeast Regional Diversity and Inclusion Council also partnered with Delgado Community College in New Orleans to expand its diverse supplier scholarship program.

Additionally, Cox’s six Cox Employee Resource Groups (ERG) drive business results through a focus on professional development, enhancing the Cox culture, cultivating community partnerships and driving business insights. In 2018, the Latino ERG held lunch and learn sessions on U.S. Hispanic buying power. The Black/African-American ERG invited employees to a speed networking session with Cox executives, and the Pride ERG hosted a candid conversation on the employee experience with President Pat Esser. With executive support, an expanded team, and dedicated employee advocates, Cox has increased total diverse supplier spend by $604.8M over the past five years. In 2018, Cox again increased Tier 1 and Tier 2 supplier diversity spending.

In October, Cox earned the NOD ‘Leading Disability Employer’ seal for leading the way in disability hiring and inclusion. Building a diverse and inclusive workplace is a vital business imperative– and the right thing to do to reflect the world in which we live.



Patrick Esser
President and Chief Executive Officer

“Our employees, our suppliers and our customers take heart in knowing that Cox Communications is – and always will be – a place where Diversity and Inclusion is at the core of who we are.”

LeVoyd Carter
Executive Director, Diversity and Inclusion

“At Cox Communications, we focus on cultivating inclusive leaders who can harness the unique cultural insights and creativity of our people, to meet the evolving needs of our business and our customers.”


U.S. Headquarters: Atlanta, Ga.

Global Employees: 18,553

Last Year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking • No. 13


  • No. 3 Philanthropy
  • No. 5 Supplier Diversity
  • No. 14 Executive Diversity Council