“Diversity: The art of thinking independently together.” – Malcolm Forbes
Workplaces are increasingly innovating processes to figure out how to promote diversity in the workplace. 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.
Promoting diversity in the workplace should be a company-wide mission that encourages a safer, more inclusive, and superior workplace. Increased inclusivity brings new ideas and diverse perspectives to the workplace. These companies mentioned below view increased diversity in all forms as a professional necessity and opportunity for cultural and financial growth.
The companies below understand that a diverse workplace promotes a healthier environment for everyone. These companies have DEI groups and initiatives that promote diversity in the workplace and beyond. They are leading the way with diversity initiatives that make work a safe and inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds. This is particularly important in this day and age as tension is high surrounding the celebration of our differences.
Companies that understand the importance of having diversity and inclusion programs in place are paving a way for the future of work. From initiatives such as “JEDI” at Axon to employee resource groups at Freedom Financial, these fantastic companies have positioned themselves as leaders in this space. We’ve rounded up the best companies for diversity and inclusion that have been featured on Forbes, Diversity Inc, Fortune, and Great Place to Work™ lists.
- American Express
- Blue Buffalo
- Capital One
- Centene Corporation
- Farmers Insurance
- Freedom Financial
- Raytheon Technologies
- Ryan LLC
- SAS Institute Inc
- Spear Education
Let’s get to know some of them below!
7 Best Companies for Diversity and Inclusion
These companies show that promoting the beauty of diversity in the workplace creates a better working environment for everyone. From implementing affinity groups to prioritizing social and economic development, these organizations are doing it right.
Axon is a technology company based in Scottsdale that’s best known for its development of body-worn cameras and evidence management software for law enforcement. The company believes in the responsibility to create a more just and inclusive workplace and world through its products, technology and people.
Axon is committed to building products that promote racial equity, diversity and inclusion. Axon accomplishes this by making Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, or “JEDI”, part of regular business decisions, processes, products, and actions.
Axon’s strategic JEDI plan includes goals, new investments and accountability measurements, which will be originated and shaped by the inputs of our employees, leaders, and the communities we serve. Axon’s six global Affinity Groups pave the way for engaging employees, while also supporting professional development and a sense of belonging.
CarMax was featured on Fortune’s 100 Best Workplaces for Diversity along with Great Place to Work’s Best Workplaces for Diversity list. CarMax is the nation’s largest used car dealer and offers online capabilities to make the buying experience simple.
The company supports a culture of integrity and is committed to welcoming every employee’s unique perspectives and life experiences. Creating a sense of belonging for each employee is something that the company strives to do each day. CarMax is community driven and believes in the social responsibility to help its community thrive. The CarMax Foundation has invested over $75 million to causes important to employees of the company.
3. Farmers Insurance
Farmers Insurance® has proudly served customers across the country for more than 90 years, providing insurance for automobiles, homes, small businesses and a wide range of other insurance and financial service products. At the foundation of the insurer’s workplace culture is a commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Fostering a workplace that celebrates differences in thought, experiences, and identity is important to the Farmers® leadership team. Employees at Farmers Insurance have access to a variety of resources, including the organization’s Employee Resource Groups. These groups help support employees in bringing their whole selves to work, and offer networking, employee leadership and career development opportunities.
4. Freedom Financial
Freedom Financial is a leading digital personal finance company with a simple mission: to help people get on and stay on the path to a better financial future. The Company believes that diversity and appreciation of individuality drives success through better support and empathy for our members and their needs, improved problem-solving abilities, increased creativity and innovation, and higher job satisfaction.
Freedom boasts several employee resource groups (ERGs) committed to driving diversity and inclusion efforts, including networking, education and volunteerism. These include Black/African American, LGBTQ+, LatinX, Veterans, Asian American & Pacific Islander and Women’s Leadership. Freedom has received a number of awards and accolades including being named one of the most admired companies on BestCompaniesAZ’s list.
GoDaddy powers the world’s largest cloud platform, dedicated to small independent ventures. Since opening their office in Arizona, they have become one of our premier employers. It is also a recipient of BestCompaniesAZ’s 2022 Trailblazer award.
“Our human diversity powers the innovation and achievements of our global society, and by fostering this within GoDaddy we empower ourselves and our customers. Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) is so important because it truly is about all of us, and how we feel about ourselves, how we feel about each other, how we engage with each other and how we come together as a community. That’s why at GoDaddy we’re continually working to integrate DEIB priorities into the way we work each and every day.”
-Kristy Lilas, VP, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging
KUBRA provides customer experience management solutions to some of the largest utility and government entities across North America. KUBRA values diversity and inclusion and has made it a top priority to foster a diverse and welcoming workplace. KUBRA is committed to recruiting, developing, and promoting a diverse workforce while providing unique opportunities and career paths for its people.
Based on survey results, most KUBRA employees agree that they are treated fair regardless of race, age, gender, or sexual orientation. The KUBRA diversity and inclusion best practices enable the social and economic development of communities through partnerships, research, volunteerism, and corporate citizenship. Through its commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion, KUBRA was named one of the Best Workplaces for Inclusion by Great Place to Work™ in 2020.
7. Spear Education
Spear Education deeply values diversity and what it brings to their communities and their organization. At Spear Education, the company culture is one where employees feel heard, supported and engaged.
A central part of this inclusive culture is two Employee Resource Groups: LGBTQ+ and Allies, Alliance for Cultural Diversity, Spear Cares, Remote Employees and Women’s Leadership. These groups work to promote diversity and inclusion as well as to drive positive and innovative change both inside and outside the organization through education, support and community service.
BestCompanies Supports The Top Diversity Programs
Congratulations to these amazing organizations blazing trails to create diverse and inclusive workplaces where all employees can thrive! From inner company groups that promote inclusion to advanced strategies for diversity promotion, these companies all engage in powerful methods of diversity inclusion. Additionally, the positive culture these companies strive to build has beneficial effects on employee retention rates and overall morale.
Employee Resource Groups provide a safe space for valued employees at companies like Spear Education, Freedom Financial, and Farmers Insurance. BestCompanies also partners with other innovative companies invested in ERG promotion.
Companies like Axon and CarMax have made serious efforts toward diversity inclusion and promotion by prioritizing investments in inclusive goals and charities. These companies appreciate that building diverse and inclusive workspaces takes time, innovation, and investment.
GoDaddy and KUBRA are two top companies in inclusion efforts – they’re recipients of the BestCompaniesAZ’s 2022 Trailblazer award and the Best Workplaces for Inclusion by Great Place to Work™ in 2020, respectively. Here at BestCompanies, we’re honored to partner with companies that prioritize inclusion and support all their valued employees with gusto.