Johnson & Johnson reaches the top spot this year. Using a business methodology to gather insights from across the organization, enabled the company to focus on three key areas that were crucial for advancing Diversity & Inclusion at the company – advancing a culture of inclusion and innovation, building a diverse workforce for the future and enhancing business performance and reputation.
The commitment to D&I starts at the very top with their Chairman & CEO, Alex Gorky, who drives accountability and engagement at the most senior ranks. For example, Johnson & Johnson’s employee resource groups each have a Management Committee member as their executive sponsors.
The company has made great strides in embedding D&I throughout the talent management spectrum from recruitment to development to advancement. Johnson & Johnson uses technology to help eliminate gender bias in job descriptions, they also train interviewers to combat bias during the interview process. Ensuring development programs address the needs of all their employees is another key success. Their Sponsorship Program for Diverse Talent has had so much success that they are expanding it this year.
Johnson & Johnson is also making progress on inclusion. They have built awareness amongst their people managers worldwide, with sessions led by Professor Mahzarin Banaji of Harvard University. In addition they launched a training on mitigating this unconscious bias, that more than 90% of their people managers have taken. In addition these concepts are being embedded across their performance and development processes, with resources, tools and reminders given to managers at key points in time.
Finally, Johnson & Johnson has made D&I relevant globally across the company. This has enabled it to drive innovation and growth globally and tackle the global challenges presented by the rapidly changing health care landscape, changes in the workplace and the demographic changes happening around the world.