“Diversity: The art of thinking independently together.” – Malcolm Forbes
Workplaces are increasingly implementing ways to embrace the diversity of their employees. From winning national awards for their inclusion of women and minorities to providing tailored resource groups, some companies hold diversity particularly near-and-dear to their mission and values. Many of the 100 Best Arizona Companies have strong diversity and inclusion initiatives! Meet BestCompaniesAZ’s pick for the best companies for diversity and inclusion: American Express, Camden Property Trust, Cox Communications, Deloitte, General Motors, Hyatt Regency Phoenix, Medtronic, Quicken Loans, Synchrony Financial and USAA. So, get to know five of them below.
The Best Companies For Diversity & Inclusion
As one of the best companies for diversity and inclusion, Cox Communications was recognized by DiversityInc on their 2017 list for Cox’s “best practices” in welcoming different skillsets, backgrounds and perspectives. Pat Esser, president of Cox Communications, serves as the chair of the National Diversity Council, a position he has held for about a decade. In 2016, Cox created a new 90-minute virtual learning experience, “Embracing a Culture of Inclusion,” and incorporated it into their training program geared toward middle manager and people leaders.
Cox also launched two new employee resource groups (ERGs) to serve employees, Black and African American and Cox Pride ERGs. These two new groups join their Women’s and Young Professionals ERGs. Furthermore, with more than 18,000 global employees, Cox’s mentoring programs also encompass cross-cultural mentor-mentee partnerships matching employees from different genders, races and ethnicities.
Hyatt Regency Phoenix
For the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, diversity and inclusion seem to be as second-nature as hospitality is to their leadership. Their Diversity Business Resource Groups (DBRGs) provide a variety of resources for colleagues who share a common cultural heritage, race, gender, age or interest. Their groups include: Asian Pacific Islanders, disABILITIES, HyPride, Black, Latinos, Veterans as well as Women. Hyatt also has a Supplier Diversity Program, enabling their appreciation for inclusion to come full-circle.
As the Hyatt site explains: “Hyatt builds and sustains a culture where everyone is embraced and valued for who they are so they can be their best. This enables Hyatt to provide authentic hospitality that cares for and also engages every guest and every colleague. We believe the more globally inclusive we are, in terms of culture, race, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, abilities, perspectives and styles of thinking, the stronger, more culturally invested and valued Hyatt will be globally as we continue to care for people to be their best.”
Hyatt Regency Phoenix also received a 100% score on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index, earning them an award for the Best Places To Work For LGBT Equality. In 2015, they were also recognized as one of the Best Workplaces For Women.
From advancing the careers of women at Medtronic to integrating diversity & inclusion processes into its HR scope and business development efforts, the company continually demonstrates their commitment to propelling healthcare forward in a conscious way. Medtronic also works to incorporate valuable employee feedback. Their focus is on enabling their people to do great work by embracing their authentic selves. “At Medtronic, diversity, inclusion, and engagement aren’t just buzzwords — they’re instruments of innovation… It’s a fact — when people from different cultures, genders, walks of life, and points of view come together, the quality of work improves exponentially and companies succeed and grow.” Their practices earned them a DiversityInc Top 50 Companies For Diversity award. The company also provides numerous ERGs to support local communities and cultures, including:
- African American Resource Group
- Asian Employee Resource Group
- Christian Employee Resource Group
- Disabilities Resource Group
- Gay, Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, (LGBT) Employees and Their Allies Resource Group
- Latino/Hispanic Resource Group
- Muslim Employee Resource Group
- National Black MBA
- National Society Of Hispanic Engineers
- Society Of Women Engineers
- Veterans Employee Resource Group
- Women’s Network Resource Group
- Young Professionals Group
A common theme with these Best Companies For Diversity & Inclusion? Employee Resource Groups. At Synchrony Financial, their Diversity Networks include an African American Network, Asian Professional Engagement Network, Hispanic Network, LGBT Partnership Network, People With Disabilities Network, Veterans Network and Women’s Network. Synchrony Financial believes that “inclusive thinking is the difference between a good idea and the best idea. Different perspectives allow us to see a problem from all angles and come up with the best solution. Diversity of thought, point of view and experiences drive creativity, innovation and make us stronger.”
The company, which is the largest provider of private-label credit cards in the United States, earned a place on Fortune’s 2016 50 Best Workplaces For Diversity as well as scored 100% on both the 2017 LGBT Corporate Equality Index and the Disability Equality Index.
With nearly 32,000 employees nationwide, USAA continues to prove that embracing employees from all backgrounds and walks of life allows them to better meet the needs of all of their members. They have earned a spot on Fortune’s 50 Best Workplaces For Diversity list, and also won a Top Companies to Work for in Arizona award for Exemplary Diversity Initiatives, among other recognitions for promoting an inclusive culture. Their tagline? “Many Faces. One Mission.”
“We recognize that employee and company performance are at their best when inclusion is embedded into the culture. Diversity and inclusion is a two-part equation. The business value of diversity is the diverse perspectives, thoughts and ideas it generates that leads to innovation and optimal performance.”
To promote diversity and inclusion as well as maximize organizational and individual potential, the company:
- Provides diversity and inclusion skill building as well as training
- Celebrates cultural heritage month events recognizing our rich diversity
- Offers multiple career development and mentoring resources and tools
- Leverages multiple feedback channels for employee ideas
- Maintains an innovation lab and interactive tools and resources to foster inclusion as well as innovation
- Conducts engagement surveys of all employees
- Utilizes Diversity Business Groups to assist in turning diversity into measurable value for the association