Diversity Best Practices Inclusion Index
In its second year, our diversity and inclusion index measures which organizations are creating workplaces where people are free to be themselves. Here are major lessons for organizations and stories of five employees who are flourishing.
These companies embrace people’s differences and help employees of all backgrounds succeed.
The Diversity Best Practices Inclusion Index helps organizations see how their diversity and inclusion policies and practices stack up against others.
This year, the number of participants more than doubled, with 124 sharing their data. An index, unlike a list, does not have a set number of organizations to recognize. Instead, a threshold percentage is set at which point any participant with that percentage or better qualifies for the index. The Working Mother Research Institute determined that organizations scoring 65 percent and above should be recognized for their high-quality diversity and inclusion work, and named them Diversity Best Practices Inclusion Index members. A second threshold was established at 81 percent to recognize 31 organizations that had superior achievement. Participants are scored on three areas: best practices in recruitment, retention and advancement of people from underrepresented groups—women, racial/ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) people; creating an inclusive culture through leadership, communications and employee engagement; and transparency in willingness to share workforce demographic data.