In addition to announcing the 2021 Top 50 Companies for Diversity list at our event on May 6, DiversityInc also announced our new induction into the DiversityInc Hall of Fame. Marriott International, which ranked No. 1 on the Top 50 list in 2020, joins the esteemed company of AT&T, Johnson & Johnson, EY, Kaiser Permanente, Novartis, Sodexo and PwC — corporations that are literally leading the movement for diversity and inclusion practices in the business world. Year after year, these companies continue to be leaders in diversity and inclusion and are shining examples of the achievable progress in corporate America.
In order to maintain Hall of Fame status, companies must participate annually in our Top 50 competition and must remain competitive within our Top 15 winning standings overall. Here is the newly updated DiversityInc Hall of Fame, in alphabetical order:
AT&T (No. 1 in 2019)
A global leader in telecommunications and technology, AT&T fosters diversity and inclusion within its workforce by focusing on distinct corporate pillars: Employees, Communities, Customers, Suppliers, and Content. The company believes its strength comes from actively bringing together diverse views, backgrounds and talents at every level. Because everyone’s story is welcomed and valued at AT&T, employees can innovate in ways to make it a better company and also contribute to a better world.
EY (No. 1 in 2017)
At EY, diversity and inclusiveness are core to the company’s identity as a whole. Corporate leaders strive to create a fostering environment where all differences are valued, practices are equitable and everyone experiences a sense of belonging — a place where people are inspired to team up and lead inclusively in their interactions every day. By including varying points of view in all levels of corporate decision-making, operations and actions, EY leaders believe they can create the type of environment that is fundamental to establishing long-term relationships with its workforce, the customers it serves, as well as its community as a whole.
Johnson & Johnson (No. 1 in 2018)
At healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson, corporate leaders believe the responsibility of diversity and inclusion falls on each and every employee — and it’s a challenge the workforce continues to embrace. D&I officers continually partner with all departments and levels of employees across the country, which helps further enhance this powerful corporate culture of belonging. The company also integrates D&I throughout its talent management program (from recruitment to development to advancement) and leverages technology to help eliminate gender bias in job descriptions. It also provides training to hiring managers and interviewers to mitigate bias during the interview process while also striving to push an ever-growing pool of diverse talent into its corporate leadership pipeline.
Kaiser Permanente (No. 1 in 2016)
For more than 75 years, Kaiser Permanente’s unwavering mission and foundational values have focused on the company’s belief in the power of diversity and the ongoing quest for ever greater equality for both its workers and the customers it serves. Kaiser’s expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advancements and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. At the same time, the company is also dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the never-ending support of community health.
Marriott International (No. 1 in 2020)
Diversity, equity and inclusion has always been a business imperative for Marriott International. Over the course of 2020, due to challenges from both the pandemic and the ongoing push for social justice in the United States, the company decided that taking a stand to address racial injustice must also be a priority. To help combat the ever-growing issue, the company launched a holistic program of change that was spearheaded by its former President and CEO, Arne Sorenson, who passed away unexpectedly in February 2021. Examples of this strategy include launching its ongoing virtual global series, TakeCare Community Talks, which is led by senior leaders. Marriott also had a renewed focus on its longstanding Inclusion and Social Impact Committee, chaired by its Board of Directors.
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (No. 1 in 2014 and 2015)
Since the company began in 1996 through a merger of Ciba-Geigy and Sandoz, Novartis has been driven by its passion for developing and marketing new products that contribute to human progress through advances in science and health. This progress also includes an undying focus on diversity centered around three main codes of ethics: equity, inclusivity and societal impact. The company said it wants to build a workplace where every employee can be his or her best true self so that its team can collectively discover more, reach underserved communities and reimagine medicine.
PwC (No. 1 in 2012)
PwC is invested in creating equitable access to jobs and economic advancement. In 2021, the firm committed $125 million via Access Your Potential to support a more equitable future for 25,000 Black and Latinx college students through digital and career-readiness training, mentorship and pathways to launch their careers. In their first-ever Diversity and Inclusion Transparency Report, PwC outlined an intent to build a workforce in the U.S. that better reflects the diverse makeup of higher education enrollment and put forward specific aspirations around recruitment, retention and advancement. By putting even greater focus on equality and key performance indicators, they are truly driving progress through transparency.
Sodexo (No. 1 in 2013)
Over the past two decades, Sodexo has continually committed to attracting, developing, engaging, advancing and retaining a high-performing workforce that reflects the diverse communities it serves. Their Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) strategy focuses on ensuring Inclusive Leadership in action throughout the organization; increasing gender and ethnicity awareness and equity; and engaging stakeholders to bring DEI to frontline employees. According to corporate leaders, the company’s end mission has always been to improve the quality of life for both its employees and the communities it serves through a DEI commitment that is grounded in a corporate responsibility roadmap, as well as societal and economic development.