Kaiser Permanente

Not only is Kaiser Permanente the only hospital system on this list, it’s also the top-rated health-insurance company.

Kaiser Permanente is the second-highest rated organization on the DiversityInc Top 50 – and has been in the Top 10 seven years in a row – for good reason.

The organization’s commitment to having diverse and culturally competent leadership and staff starts with Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson and Chief Diversity Officer & Inclusion Officer Ronald Copeland, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Kaiser Permante’s leadership insists on diversity at every level, including its Board of Directors.  The nine-member board has three women, three Blacks, two Latinos and two Asians. The top level of the organization has 14 people – two are Black, two are Latino, two are women and one is Asian.  The diversity by gender and race/ethnicity carries through to every level and is always improving. In the last year, Kaiser Permanente increased women in senior leadership roles from 24 percent to 33 percent

Kaiser Permanente has also been a leader in supplier diversity, including an advanced Tier II program that requires large suppliers to mirror Kaiser’s requirement that at least 20 percent of contractors be diverse.

Kaiser’s continuous place at the top of this list is due to its constant innovation and advancement of its D&I initiative.  In 2014, Kaiser Permanente a Mentoring Business Resource Group (MBRG) Virtual Leadership Academy pilot with 20 high-potential employees from seven regions participating. This year, the organization is creating a comprehensive D&I executive dashboard and scorecard that will replace disparate reports across the organization.

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