No. 41 | Nielsen | DiversityInc Top 50



CEO Signs Off on Executive Compensation Tied to Diversity: 11.1% higher than the Top 10 and 22% higher than the Top 50

Blacks in Senior Management: 38.3% higher than the Top 10 and 62.7% higher than the Top 50

Supplier Diversity: 40.9% higher than the Top 10 and 82% higher than the Top 50 for subcontractors who are minority owned


Nielsen moves up on the Top 50 list with its approach to diversity-and-inclusion reached by using focused metrics.

CEO Mitch Barns personally signs off on executive compensation tied to diversity.

He reviews and signs off on diversity metrics and progress, and ensures Nielsen’s corporate vision statement incorporates diversity as a strategic business goal.

Barns also signs off on goals and achievements for supplier diversity.

Under the direction of Chief Diversity Officer Angela Talton, Nielsen has made considerable progress this year. Talton heads the executive diversity council and reports weekly to Barns.

Nielsen, which works to provide inclusive data that is representative of its consumers, has strong global leadership-training programs for high-potentials from underrepresented groups. Frequent exposure to senior leadership is also part of the process.

Nielsen has developed business-unit-level diversity scorecards to report representation and movement, while including more granularity on turnover and on supplier diversity. Nielsen has added global reporting of gender by band and level.

The information, which is presented to senior leaders, also assesses efforts at diversity-and-inclusion training throughout the organization.


Mitch Barns

Chief Executive Officer

“Diversity and inclusion are crucial to Nielsen’s growth, strength, and ability to innovate. We are investing in technology, leadership development and other capabilities to enhance the creativity of our teams globally and benefit the companies and markets we serve. We have expanded our Employee Resource Groups, appointed a new Chief Diversity Officer, and made progress on our supplier diversity programs.”

Angela L. Talton

Chief Diversity Officer

“Nielsen’s definition of diversity is far more than what you see. It is the breadth of talents, skills, experiences and cultural backgrounds that makes each of us unique. Leveraging those differences for our company and our clients has produced superior results. It is not enough for our associates to have a seat at the table. We want them to have a voice at the table and to know their voice will be heard.”





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