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J&J earns Top 5 rank for diversity Heads six N.J. companies on DiversityInc's Top 50 list

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New Brunswick-based Johnson & Johnson was the highest-ranked company on DiversityInc's list.
New Brunswick-based Johnson & Johnson was the highest-ranked company on DiversityInc's list. - ()

Johnson & Johnson led six New Jersey-based companies that earned a spot on the DiversityInc Top 50.

The list, which was released this week, recognizes the nation’s top companies for diversity and inclusion management.

DiversityInc said the ranked companies excel in such areas as hiring, retaining and promoting women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, LGBT employees and veterans.

J&J, based in New Brunswick, was No. 5 on the list.

Other New Jersey companies include:

A number of companies with a strong New Jersey presence also made the list, including No. 1 EY, No. 4 PricewaterhouseCoopers, No. 9 Wells Fargo, No. 11 KPMG, No. 12 Deloitte and No. 35 Colgate Palmolive.

DiversityInc also released a number of specialty lists.

On those:

  • Newark-based Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey was ranked No. 4 among top regional companies;
  • AT&T, which retains a strong New Jersey presence, was ranked No. 1 for recruitment, a list that also included Prudential (No. 6), J&J (No. 7) and BASF (No. 12);
  • Prudential was ranked No. 5 for companies for people with disabilities, a list that also included TD Bank (No. 11);
  • AT&T, Johnson & Johnson and Wyndham Worldwide all made the alphabetical list of top companies for LGBT employees.

DiversityInc said its extensive annual survey yields an empirically driven ranking based on recruitment, talent development, senior leadership commitment and supplier diversity.

The company said this year’s competition was improved by new survey questions, increased emphasis on fairness over chasing numbers and more sophisticated analysis from the company’s data scientists.

“The 10 percent increase in companies participating in the survey from a year ago proves that accountable leaders at these companies view diversity and inclusion as a key business measure,” DiversityInc Chief Operating Officer Carolynn Johnson said.

ADP CEO and President Carlos Rodriguez was thrilled his company was honored for the eighth consecutive year.

"ADP's commitment to diversity and inclusion runs from the bottom up and the top down — it's part of who we are at ADP," he said in a statement. "Our associates play an active role in advancing diversity and inclusion, and our leadership is accountable for accelerating that work and measuring its impact and success."

Wyndham Worldwide Chairman and CEO Stephen Holmes said the honor reflects the company’s values.

"As a global hospitality company, diversity is at the heart of what we do," he said in a statement. "Travel enables people of varied nationalities and backgrounds to meet and experience different cultures, raising our collective understanding and appreciation for each other around the world.

“For Wyndham Worldwide, diversity isn't a program — it's how we do business."

DiversityInc, based in Princeton, has compiled the list annually since 2001.

The Top 10

  1. EY
  2. Kaiser Permanente
  3. AT&T
  4. PricewaterhouseCoopers
  5. Johnson & Johnson
  6. Sodexo
  7. MasterCard
  8. Marriott International
  9. Wells Fargo
  10. Abbott

For the complete list, click here.

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