BLACK ENTERPRISE Announces The 50 Best Companies For Diversity

NEW YORK, Jan. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — BLACK ENTERPRISE, in collaboration with The Executive Leadership Council, the leading organization of black senior managers, has released its annual listing of the 50 Best Companies for Diversity as featured in the publication’s November/December 2017issue. These 50 companies recognize the value of the link between diversity and engagement, which is driven by corporate leadership at the highest level.

In 2005, BLACK ENTERPRISE began publishing its list of the “Best Companies for Diversity,” identifying those corporations that proved to be the best of the best in developing a culture and executing policies that promoted inclusion of African Americans within their workforce, senior management ranks, corporate boards, and supplier pools.

“At a time when African American executive talent is more abundant than ever, corporations should willingly embrace our inclusion to drive their performance,” says BLACK ENTERPRISE‘s President and CEO Earl “Butch” Graves Jr.  “The strength of our nation is in its diversity. In order for America to fully realize its potential, African Americans and other minorities must be an integral part of that equation—period.”

To select our 2017 companies, BLACK ENTERPRISE sent surveys to the nation’s top 1,000 publicly traded companies as well as to the 100 leading global companies with strong U.S. operations. The final list includes those that showed a commitment to diversifying its ranks in four areas: employee base, senior management, procurement, and board of directors. Companies were also chosen by their programs created to nurture and maintain a diverse professional space. Surveys didn’t simply focus on black inclusion, but ethnic-minority groups as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. Supporting criteria used to finalize the list included efforts directed toward women, people with disabilities, veterans, and the LGBT community.

The full list of the 2017 Black Enterprise 50 Best Companies for Diversity is as follows:



Walmart Stores Inc., Bentonville

General Mills Inc., Minneapolis



Pacific Gas & Electric Co., San Francisco

Ameren Corp., St. Louis

Wells Fargo & Co., San Francisco


New Jersey

Cigna Corp., Bloomfield

ADP Inc., Roseland

Xerox Corp., Norwalk

Merck & Co Inc., Kenilworth

Prudential Financial Inc., Newark

District of Columbia

Fannie Mae


MGM Resorts International, Las Vegas


Aflac Inc., Columbus

North Carolina

The Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta

Bank of America Corp., Charlotte

Southern Co., Atlanta

Duke Energy Corp., Charlotte

UPS, Atlanta

New York


American Express Co., New York

Accenture plc, Chicago

Consolidated Edison Inc., New York

Allstate Insurance Co., Northbrook

JPMorgan Chase & Co., New York

Exelon Corp., Chicago

Morgan Stanley, New York

JLL, Chicago

PepsiCo Inc., Purchase

McDonald’s McDonald’s Corp., Oak Brook


State Farm Insurance Co., Bloomington

Verizon Communications Inc., New York



Eli Lilly and Co., Indianapolis

Macy’s Inc., Cincinnati

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., Columbus


Entergy Corp., New Orleans


Aramark, Philadelphia

Comcast Corp., Philadelphia

PNC Financial Services Group, Pittsburgh



Lockheed Martin Corp., Bethesda

FedEx Corp., Memphis

Marriott International, Inc., Bethesda



AT&T Inc., Dallas

DTE Energy Co., Detroit

Comerica Inc., Dallas

Ford Motor Co., Dearborn

J.C. Penney Co. Inc., Plano

General Motors Co., Detroit

The Kellogg Co., Battle Creek


Johnson Controls Inc., Milwaukee

Northwestern Mutual,  Milwaukee


The complete report, including methodology and selection criteria, is available in the November/December issue of BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine.

BLACK ENTERPRISEyour ultimate source for wealth creation, is the premier business, investing, and wealth-building resource for African Americans. Since 1970, BE has provided essential business information and advice to professionals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and decision makers. Every month, BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine provides 4 million readers with information on entrepreneurship, careers, and financial management. As a multimedia company, BLACK ENTERPRISE produces television programming, business and lifestyle events, web content and digital media. BLACK ENTERPRISE is the definitive source of information for and about African American business markets and leaders, and the authority on black business news and trends.



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