Sixty-seven percent. That’s the percentage of job seekers who consider a company’s approach to diversity before making a career move, according to a Glassdoor survey. But how do you know if a company’s priorities are in the same place as yours?
Well, we’re here to bring a little clarity to this job search situation. Throughout Black History Month, we’ll be giving you an inside look at companies that go above and beyond to create a diverse and inclusive workplace.
We’re spotlighting nine companies this week. But if you work for a company that has an amazing approach to diversity and inclusion, we want to hear about it! Send us a tweet @WayUp and let us know!
For years, thousands of BlackRock managers and company leaders have gone through diversity and inclusion training. The company also set up several programs and networks to support employees from all backgrounds.
Just one example? The BlackRock Founders Scholarship, which is awarded to student leaders from underrepresented groups. Winning this prestigious award also lands you a spot in the company’s summer internship program.
Former Unilever intern and Jackie Robinson scholar Chelsea Miller told us all about her summer as an HR and Communications intern.
Founded by the wife of the late civil rights leader and baseball star, the Jackie Robinson Foundation provides resources and helps close the achievement gap for college students of color. And since Unilever was the foundation’s first corporate sponsor, Chelsea got to see the impact of that partnership firsthand.
Through a range of employee “Think Tanks” like Women of Color and Out@L’Oréal, the company has created a welcoming environment. L’Oréal is known for its diverse team members, who come from all types of backgrounds and drive company culture.
In fact, their commitment to diversity and inclusion landed them a top 20 spot on the Thomson Reuters Diversity & Inclusion Index. They also earned a perfect score in the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality rankings.
We recently sat down with Ken Bouyer, Director of Inclusiveness Recruiting for EY Americas, and asked him how job seekers can tell if a company truly values diversity. His advice was pretty memorable.
“The best thing they can do is ask for examples of how that company supports diversity and inclusion,” he said. “If you asked me, I’d tell you that 25 years ago 10 percent of our hires were minorities. Now it’s 30 percent. There are people who wake up every single day thinking about how we’re going to impact diversity for EY.”
To stay accountable for becoming an increasingly diverse workplace, Accenture publishes its US employee demographics. Fun fact: They’re the first big consulting firm to do that.
They also have a program specifically for employees who refer a candidate who is female, African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, a veteran, or a person with disabilities. Finally, the company promotes open conversations about diversity. And not just at the office, but in the consulting industry as a whole—and in the communities where Accenture offices are located.
6. Accenture Federal Services
For the Federal Services arm of Accenture, a commitment to diversity goes beyond the office walls. The company partners with small businesses including women-owned small businesses, historically black colleges and universities, and minority institutions to help them be as successful as possible.
7. Thermo Fisher Scientific
We had the chance to talk with Jaime Battle, a Talent Acquisition Recruiter at Thermo Fisher. In her current role, she focuses on university relations and diversity, working with her team to manage all internships for the company.
Her advice for diverse candidates? Find a mentor. Jaime met Alan Nevel, VP of Diversity and Inclusion at Thermo Fisher, at a conference. He became her mentor and showed her the importance of having someone as a coach and sounding board.
8. Deutsche Bank
“As a minority woman, it was very important to me to pick a firm that realizes the importance of diversity in the workplace and empowers employees of all backgrounds,” says Monica Bhakhri, a former Deutche Bank intern.
She was accepted into the dbAchieve internship program, which is targeted to rising juniors with a diverse background to expose them to the industry.
9. Northern Trust
Northern Trust is well known for its diversity and inclusion work. The company has been named a top employer by Black Enterprise Magazine, Diversity Edge Magazine, Diversity MBA Magazine, and The Corporate Equality Index. They also took the top spot on Forbes’ 2018 “America’s Best Employers for Diversity” list—and that’s just the start of it.
Diversity works its way into just about everything Northern Trust does. Case in point? An annual award program recognizing employees who champion diversity efforts, ongoing “diversity at work” training, and involvement with minority-focused business resource councils.
See yourself joining one of these companies? Whether you’re ready to hit “apply” or you still need more options, check back later this month for nine more companies that get an A+ in diversity and inclusion efforts.