DiversityInc Top 50 Survey FAQs

Q: What is The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity?

A: The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity ranking is the leading assessment of diversity management in corporate America. Participation in the survey has increased dramatically, with more than 1,800 companies in 2019.

The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity survey shows increased participation for its detailed, empirically driven ranking. The free report card assesses performance based on six key areas of diversity and inclusion management:

  • Human Capital Diversity Metrics: gender and racial/ethnicity breakdown of representation in overall workforce representation, overall management, senior management, new hires, promotions, and 10% highest paid populations
  • Leadership Accountability: CEO/senior leadership commitment and accountability, board of directors, office of diversity and inclusion, diversity council practices and representation metrics
  • Talent Programs: employee resource groups, mentoring, high potential and sponsorship programs, practices and participation metrics
  • Workplace Practices: talent acquisition, talent management, onboarding, diversity training, workforce development and engagement, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, military community and employee benefits policies and practices
  • Supplier Diversity: spend with companies owned by people from underrepresented groups, accountability, and practices
  • Philanthropy: contributions to non-profit organizations focused on people from underrepresented groups, employee volunteerism and matching programs and practices

Click here to see a sample of the free report card | Click here to request an invitation to participate.

Q: How is it different from other diversity lists?

A: The DiversityInc Top 50 list is derived exclusively from corporate survey submissions. To be considered for a spot in the DiversityInc Top 50, a company must score above average in all six areas. Companies are evaluated within the context of their own industries.

The data is purely empirical and objective. Companies that do business with DiversityInc or have other business relationships receive NO preferential treatment. Read why the Top 50 is not pay to play.

Q: Do you have to pay to participate?

A: No. There is no fee to participate. The survey submission process is free. Every company that completes the survey will receive a free report card assessing overall performance versus all participants and performance in the six key areas measured. Companies that want more in-depth benchmark comparisons should contact Top50@DiversityInc.com.

Q: When is the submission deadline?

A: All entries must be submitted on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, by 11:59 PM in your time zone.

Q: When will the results be announced?

A: Results for the 2020 survey will be announced at our event in New York City on Tuesday, May 5, 2020.

Q: What are the criteria to apply for the DiversityInc Top 50?

A:      Have at least 1,000 U.S. employees

  • 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 in order to complete the application process and maintain a spot on the list.

Q: How many people can enter data in the online survey tool on behalf of my company?

A: Anyone you designate internally may complete the survey, but we recommend one person, usually someone familiar with diversity and inclusion management, be the primary person filling it out. You will be required to enter a code unique to your company; the link provided will take you directly to the survey and you will be prompted to enter the code there. The link is secure and can only be accessed by you and others at your company with whom you share it. Please be sure to only share the link with those responsible for helping you fill it out.

Q: What is is DiversityInc policy on data handling and privacy?

A: We do not divulge specific demographic data of any company, and we guarantee its confidentiality. If a company makes the DiversityInc Top 50 list or one of our Specialty Lists, we only discuss the shared best practices it utilizes that helped it make the list. We never release a company’s human capital metrics, supplier diversity or philanthropy spend data. There is no negativity associated with participation. If a company does not make the list or one of our other lists, its name is never revealed.

Q: Can we include employees outside of the United States?

A: No.  You may only enter data about your programs and employee representation in the United States (including US territories).

Q: How is the survey administered/distributed?

A: If you meet the above criteria and have provided your information to us, you will receive a link to participate in theTop 50 survey.  Additional instructions and information will be be shared in that email.

Q: Do I need any special software to access the survey?

A: No. We use Qualtrics Our survey software is web-based, and we cannot enter data for you. The survey is filled out online, and a Word document is available for internal data-gathering purposes only.

Q: Do we have to provide answers to all the questions in the survey in order to compete?

A: There are some questions where we have required a response, to prevent calculating null values into the ranking algorithm. The system will notify you of the questions that require a response. In these cases, we have either provided you an option to select no response or enter zero.

Q:Is there a character limit for the open-ended questions to provide responses?

A: No, there is no character limit for those questions in which you have the opportunity to explain further.

Q: Is there a glossary of terms that provides scope and/or definition for unique terms within the survey?

A: Yes, there is a list of terms used in the survey and the associated definition and/or scope as it relates to the Top 50 survey.

Q: What do you mean in your survey when you say “formal programs”?

A: The Top 50 survey only captures information for formal programs that are organized, sanctioned and tracked by the company. This includes formal programs related to mentorship, sponsorship, resource groups, employee volunteerism and giving. Please do not submit any information for programs and/or initiatives that are not formally tracked or recorded by your company.

Q: Who do we contact if we have questions and/or need technical support accessing or completing the survey?

A: Please send an email to top50@diversityinc.com with your question(s) and/or technical issue.

Q: How do you confirm the information from companies that apply for your top company award?

A: We look for statistical anomalies, outliers and illogical answers. We also spot-check survey questions randomly. We may notify companies if there are anomalies in their submission prior to the survey closing. We also require companies to have their CEO or another company officer (does not include the head of/Chief Diversity Officer) to sign a letter confirming, that to the best of their knowledge, the data submitted is correct.  The letter must be notarized.

Q. Are the any tools you can share to help new participants understand how to organize their submission?

A: There are several events and milestones companies tell us happen internally:

  1. Kick-off emails or meetings to let departments know what is needed, remember to include your legal department. (September-November).
  2. Data requests – sent to HR, supplier diversity, philanthropy, etc. (December - early January if using calendar year data).
  3. Data collection completion (typically by end of January).
  4. Draft Survey Completion (first two weeks of February).
  5. Legal Review – provide legal with enough time to review the responses before the submission deadline on March 3, 2020. (2nd week of February).
  6. CEO, CHRO or other corporate officer sign-off one to two weeks before the survey deadline.

Q: Can we request copies of our prior submissions from previous years?

A: Once the survey submission process closes, DiversityInc will only provide one PDF of a complete submission.   Additionally, company report cards are no longer distributed once the following year’s Top 50 survey process is open.