CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina was named to the DiversityInc 25 Noteworthy Companies. These are companies DiversityInc. believes are rising diversity-management leaders and are close to earning spots on The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity® list.
"Competitive companies such as Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina have switched from trying to move the status quo to establishing a new one," said Luke Visconti, CEO of DiversityInc. "Smart companies see increasing diversity efforts in an economic downturn as a way of beating less-adept competition that will pull back."
Both the DiversityInc Top 50 list and the 25 Noteworthy Companies list were unveiled March 12 in New York City.
The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list is a purely editorial process with no connection to business done with DiversityInc. It is determined entirely by a statistical analysis of responses to our 200-question survey. There is no fee to enter. DiversityInc Top 50 companies demonstrate consistent strength in four areas: CEO Commitment, Human Capital, Corporate and Organizational Communications, and Supplier Diversity. The list itself covers 19 industries, from consumer-facing companies to B-to-B's to industrial businesses. They range from small regional companies to global giants.
For more detailed information on the methodology, please visit www.DiversityInc.com/top50.
Launched in 1997, DiversityInc. is the leading business publication connecting diversity and the bottom line, with 1 million unique monthly visitors. DiversityInc.com includes the largest diversity job board in the nation. DiversityInc also produces events and conducts benchmarking, custom research and consulting.
Key findings from The 2009 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity:
- In the United States, the DiversityInc Top 50 hire 41 percent Blacks, Latinos, Asians and American Indians, compared with the U.S. work force, which is 32 percent Black, Latino, Asian and American Indian (BLS)
- 25 percent of DiversityInc Top 50 companies' managers are Black, Latino, Asian and American Indian, compared with 17 percent nationwide (BLS)
- DiversityInc Top 50 boards of directors are 23 percent Black, Latino, Asian and American Indian, compared with 13 percent nationally
- DiversityInc Top 50 boards of directors are 24 percent female, compared with 15 percent nationally
One-third more DiversityInc Top 50 chief diversity officers now report to their CEOs than four years ago (28 percent vs. 18 percent)
- 88 percent of DiversityInc Top 50 CEOs personally sign off on executive compensation tied directly to diversity initiatives, compared with 72 percent in 2005
- All of the DiversityInc Top 50 companies now have employee-resource groups for their LGBT employees, 70 percent have groups for employees with disabilities, and 40 percent have generational resource groups. DiversityInc benchmarking customers seek data on employee-resource groups more than any other subject
- In 2005, less than 1 percent of DiversityInc Top 50 philanthropy went to multicultural groups; today, almost 25 percent does
- There has been a 50 percent increase in companies including supplier diversity in their RFPs (requests for proposals) since 2004 (60 percent vs. 90 percent)
About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is a leader in delivering innovative health care products, services and information to more than 3.7 million members, including approximately 900,000 served on behalf of other Blue Plans. For 76 years, the company has served its customers by offering health insurance at a competitive price and has served the people of North Carolina through support of community organizations, programs and events that promote good health. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Access BCBSNC online at www.bcbsnc.com.