We already know the last few years have seen an awakening to the fact that diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are a critical part of today’s business world—and not just as a one-off program or initiative, but as an ethos that shapes the very fabric of our organizations. Meanwhile, remote learning and the hybrid workplace has turned attention to the disparities in resources and academic outcomes for students and employees in underserved communities.
It was against this backdrop that Forbes partnered with market research company Statista to compile their annual list of America’s Best Employers for Diversity. To determine the ranking, “Statista surveyed 60,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 1,000 employees and pinpointed the companies they identified as most dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion. Survey participants were asked to rate their organizations on criteria such as age, gender, ethnicity, disability and sexual orientation equality, as well as that of general diversity. Statista then asked respondents belonging to underrepresented groups to nominate organizations other than their own.”
This year’s list features a higher proportion of companies in banking and financial services, the healthcare and social sector, and education. Each sector increased its presence on the 500-company list, with each making up 8% of the list versus 6% last year.