Now in its third year, the Diversity Best Practices Inclusion Index provides information to help organizations understand gaps in demographic representation, and is a strategic road map to drive internal change to find and implement D&I solutions. This year, the number of participants increased by 17 percent, with 148 sharing their data. They were scored in 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 queer (LGBTQ) people; creating an inclusive culture through lead- ership, accountability, communications and employee engagement; and transpar- ency in willingness to share workforce demographic data. This year, we added another component to transparency, and evaluated the results of the demographic data for gender and race/ethnicity for management and more-senior positions. That’s because diversity in representation is one of the best ways to assess outcomes of D&I initiatives.
The Working Mother Research Institute determined that 80 organizations scoring 60 percent and above should be recog- nized for their high-quality diversity and inclusion work, and named them Diversity Best Practices Inclusion Index members. A second threshold at 75 percent recognized 15 of them as Leading Organizations that had superior achievement. This year, we decided to recognize 14 companies that were our top 10 percent highest scores for their exemplary work. Profiles of individu- als at those 14 companies who exemplify the success of an inclusive corporate culture are showcased here.