Diversity and inclusion in the workplace has become more and more of a priority in recent years and while some companies still struggle, there are others that are making tremendous strides.

In 2018, Forbes and market research firm Statista began their annual Best Employers for Diversity list.  They surveyed 60,000 Americans working for businesses with a minimum of 1,000 employees about the workplace environment. Participants were asked to openly and honestly rate their employers based on general diversity, as well as age, gender, ethnicity, disability, and sexual orientation equality. Answers from workers belonging to minority groups were taken to account and weighted accordingly.

Now in its third year, the final list features 500 companies including employers such as Netflix, Google, eBay, and more. Here are the top 5 employers and how they rank in terms of diversity in the workplace.


 1. SAP

Industry: IT, Internet, Software & Services

SAP is a great place for women to work. Women make up 26.4% of global management positions and the company seeks to increase women in management positions by 1% every year with a goal of 30% by the close of 2022.

In 2017, Co-CEO Jennifer Morgan became the first American woman ever appointed to the SAP Executive Board. She’s also credited for closing SAP North America’s gender pay gap.

The company also trains and recruits at HBCU campuses in an effort to diversify its school-to-work pipeline.


2. Henry Ford Health System

Industry: Healthcare & Social

Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System makes Forbes’ list for the first time ever. Their hiring process includes restricting HR recruiters access to demographic information, working alongside organizations such as the NAACP or the Disabled American Veterans, and more.

The percentage of ethnic minorities and women as senior-level hires has consistently grown since 2016.


3. Procter & Gamble

Industry: Consumer Goods

Procter & Gamble, known for consumer goods such as Olay, Herbel Essences, Gillette, Charmin, Pantene and more,  jumped from #22 to #3 on Forbes Best Employers for Diversity list this year.

The company has implemented several programs to not only recruit minority groups but also make them feel relaxed and welcomed in the work environment. Annually, P&G employees around the world are recognized for progressing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.

In 2017, the company released “The Talk,” a short-film bringing awareness to the conversation many African American parents have to have with their children regarding racial bias in America.


4. Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Industry: Healthcare & Social

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is nationally recognized for their commitment to diversity and inclusion.  Most recently they received the 2019 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award by NSIGHT into Diversity magazine.

With an understanding of how much representation in medicine matters, 22% of Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s leaders are women and they are #2 in the nation for the highest percentage of African American students.


5. Visa

Industry: Banking and Financial Services

In 2017, Visa received recognition from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and Diversity Best Practices, two notable organizations, for their efforts in championing diversity and inclusion in the workplace. It appears they’ve kept up the good work. From Visa’s long-standing support of LGBTQ+ causes to their recruitment, retention and advancement practices, Visa has remained top-ranked amongst employers.

Visa’s U.S. offices are 41% female, 33% of leadership are women. The company also does its part to fight pay disparities, making sure men and women are paid equally for equal work.


To check out the entire list of Forbes 500 Best Employers for Diversity, click here.