DiversityInc Top 50 Methodology

The DiversityInc Top 50 ranking is based on empirical data obtained through organizations filling out the survey. Participation is free and companies that do business with DiversityInc receive no preferential treatment.  The 2020 DiversityInc Top 50 survey is now open, Click here to participate.

The survey is the most extensive, data-driven analysis gauging detailed demographics based on race/ethnicity and gender at some of the largest U.S. employers, all in an effort to benchmark organizations’ programs, practices, policies and outcomes to hire, retain, develop, and promote women, people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ and veteran employees.

The Top 50 survey tracks human capital outcomes and connects them with best practices utilized to attract, retain, develop and promote the advancement of underrepresented groups in the workplace. In addition, the survey captures information on Supplier Diversity and Philanthropy-related spend and practices. Results are highly regarded by corporations, government agencies, academia and the public at large, thanks to the exhaustive vetting of data tracking real diversity, inclusion and equity in the workplace.

With more than 200 questions — everything from women representation in management, to Blacks and Latinos getting promotions into management, to leadership accountability when it comes to promoting diversity and inclusion — companies can see how they stack up against their competition and beyond when it comes to championing diversity and inclusion.

The survey methodology and analysis are based on categories DiversityInc has developed and evolved over the years to inform the competition rankings. Each survey category includes various types of responses (e.g., numerical, categorical, dichotomous or Likert-type questions). We have structured the survey categories to better understand diversity and inclusion management programs, and diversity practices that are related to business outcomes. Each survey category was found to be reliable using standard statistical analysis.

In addition to tracking human capital programs, practices and outcomes, the survey also tracks organizations’ diversity spend and practices related to Supplier Diversity and Philanthropy as a reflection of a company’s broader commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Our team of accomplished and credentialed data and analytics experts oversee the process. The data is entirely confidential and kept on three secure, separate, and dedicated servers. Data is retained to allow for year-to-year comparisons.

To be eligible for the list, participants must:

  • Have at least 1,000 U.S. employees
  • Enter data via Qualtrics, an online survey tool
  • Submit a notarized form signed by either the CEO, the chief human resources officer (CHRO) or a corporate officer (other than the chief diversity officer or person responsible for diversity & inclusion) affirming that all data submitted is accurate. All data considered for DiversityInc Top 50 rankings is U.S.-based.
  • Complete NOD’s Disability Employment Tracker
  • At least one employee from each company named to the DiversityInc Top 50 must attend the Top 50 dinner on May 5, 2020 at Cipriani on Wall Street in New York City.
  • The 2020 DiversityInc Top 50 survey is now open, Click here to participate.