Organizations are measured in three key areas:
Best practices in the recruitment, retention and advancement of people from under-represented groups — women, racial/ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ people
Company culture, including leadership accountability
Transparency and improvement in year-to-year demographic diversity
This year, 148 organizations participated in the Diversity Best Practices Inclusion Index, a 17 percent year-over-year increase. Results reveal opportunities for all organizations to target their diversity and inclusion efforts for greater effectiveness.
An index, unlike a list, does not have a set number of organizations to recognize. Instead, a threshold percentage is set, at which point any participant with that percentage or better qualifies for the index. 148 organizations applied, and 80 of those listed on the 2019 DBP Inclusion Index achieved at least 60% of the available points.
15 organizations earned scores of at least 75% to qualify as a Leading Inclusion Index Company. Completed applications were collected online from December 2018 through March 2019.
"The Inclusion Index continues to grow as more and more organizations are willing to be transparent about their progress and workforce demographics," says Deborah Munster, vice president of Diversity Best Practices. "We applaud their D&I efforts, and will continue to set a high bar in order to drive change and accountability."