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Data On Diversity is a blog by DiversityInc’s data scientists sharing the latest statistics on diversity in the workplace.

Women Board Members


By Xinjie Qiu

April 28, 2016

Some studies show that more women board members translates to higher financial performance for companies, and that’s good news for the DiversityInc Top 50 companies.

Companies on the list have more female directors, percentage wise, when compared to the biggest organizations in the United States and around the globe.

The numbers tell the story. Overall, DiversityInc’s Top 50 are ahead of curve. The chart below shows the percentage of women directors at companies globally, in the US, on the S&P 500, and DiversityInc Top 50, broken down by industry.


Percentage of Women Directors

LGBT Rankings


By Xinjie Qiu

April 28, 2016

The news lately has been filled with stories about state laws looking to undermine the rights of LGBT, but there is a bright spot – the workplace.

When it comes to assessing how U.S. businesses treat gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, many look to the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI), which benchmarks corporate policies and practices pertinent to LGBT. Among the Fortune 500, 321 companies have official CEI ratings based on their submitted survey data, and a top rating is 100 percent

So where do you find the most inclusive workplaces for LGBT?

Look no further than DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity where as a group blow away the Fortune 500 when it comes to the average CEI rating. And among the Top 10, have perfect scores across the board.

CEI_ratingsIn addition to the Top 50 companies, DiversityInc has a specialty list identifying the companies with best practices that create an inclusive workplace for LGBT employees, as well as relationships with LGBT communities outside of the company. There are 9 companies recognized on the DiversityInc 2016 Top 9 Companies for LGBT Employees.

Both DiversityInc best practices and the CEI criteria include LGBT employee resource groups, and engagement in the external LGBT community.

But the DiversityInc list goes beyond the CEI criteria, looking at how much money companies spend on LGBT vendors as opposed to just inclusive vendor corporate policy, which the CEI tracks.

And companies can’t make the DiversityInc LGBT specialty list unless they have a 100 percent CEI rating.


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