Accenture, Allianz and L’Oreal named best global employers for diversity and inclusion

Accenture, Allianz, and L'Oreal included in the Top 100 most diverse and inclusive organisations

Accenture (pictured), Blackrock, Allianz and L’Oreal have been included in the Top 100 most diverse and inclusive global organisations, ranked by the diversity and inclusion index (D&I index).

American global investment management organisation Blackrock based in New York topped the list with an overall score of 81%, global professional services business Accenture took third place with a score of 80%, French cosmetics firm L’Oreal took sixth place for its South African division (78%) and German financial organisation Allianz placed seventh (77.75%).

In its fifth year, the index ratings measured by Refinitiv, is based on how employers best address diversity, inclusion, people development and controversies, measuring these areas in terms of importance in the market and how each business compares with other organisations. Only employers who match the criteria across all four pillars are assigned an overall score. 

The leading industries in this year’s top 100 is banking, investment services and insurance firms, with a total of 18 employers on the list, followed by pharmaceutical employers with nine, telecommunications services, speciality retailers and household product employers with seven.

The top five countries with the most employers on the list are United States with 20, the United Kingdom with 13, Australia with nine, followed by Canada and France with seven.

The top ten most diverse inclusive organisations are:

  1. Blackrock
  2. Natura and Co Holding (South Africa)
  3. Accenture
  4. Royal bank of Canada
  5. Industria de Diseno Textil (South Africa)
  6. L’Oreal (South Africa)
  7. Allianz
  8. Telecom
  9. Novartis
  10. Bank of Nova Scotia

Debra Walton, chief revenue officer at Refinitiv, said: “Congratulations to the 2020 D&I index Top 100 most diverse and inclusive organizations globally. We are delighted that our D&I index continues to be used as a guide to help firms across the globe create a more effective workforce through diverse teams.

“The global pandemic has certainly brought to light a renewed focus on diversity and inclusion, reinforcing the reality that we are all in this together.  Data-based insights and transparency are a fundamental element of a successful movement to achieve more diverse and inclusive workplaces.  At Refinitiv, we are committed to using our data to further our own goals and to provide those insights to the broader market.”

Manish Mehta, global head of human resources at BlackRock, said: “We are grateful to be recognised by Refinitiv for BlackRock’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. BlackRock is committed to continuing to develop and recruit people from all backgrounds who can help us deliver positive outcomes for clients, the firm and the communities in which we operate.”