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Kaiser Permanente Named No. 2 on DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity® List for 2015

Health care organization also ranked No. 4 for Recruitment and No. 9 for People with Disabilities

April 24, 2015



Dr. Ronald Copeland with Kaiser Permanente colleagues Dawn Bading and Rich Smith. Dr. Ronald Copeland with Kaiser Permanente colleagues Dawn Bading and Rich Smith.

OAKLAND, Calif — Kaiser Permanente has been ranked No. 2 on the 15th annual DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list. This year’s rankings were announced before a gathering of more than 900 attendees last evening in New York City. More than 1,000 public and privately held companies around the country competed for spots on the coveted list. Kaiser Permanente was the only health care organization to make the top 10.

This is the seventh year in a row that Kaiser Permanente has appeared among the Top 10 in the magazine’s national rankings.

“Kaiser Permanente is recognized for its diversity and inclusion because many of our people have exercised their freedom of speech over the years to raise issues, share insights and ask for understanding,” said Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson. “Diverse groups of people have offered their perspectives on topics that may have been uncomfortable for some to discuss at the time, but they ultimately have helped shape how we as an organization value and appreciate the diversity of our employees.”
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“We are proud that DiversityInc has once again recognized Kaiser Permanente’s leadership role in driving diversity and inclusion as a moral imperative and business strategy,” said Ronald L. Copeland, MD, FACS, senior vice president, National Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and Policy, and chief diversity and inclusion officer at Kaiser Permanente. “The times demand that we strengthen our enduring commitment to inclusion and amplify our voice in order to inspire a nation to secure health care affordability and equity for all communities.”

The rankings are determined by an objective methodology that takes into account such factors as talent pipeline, equitable talent development (including commitments to mentorship and philanthropy), CEO/leadership commitment and supplier diversity. The empirical data for the rankings is provided by a 338-question survey filled out by employees at the participating companies.

“Kaiser Permanente recognizes that a truly inclusive culture means inclusive leadership at all levels,” said Luke Visconti, CEO at DiversityInc. “Chairman and CEO Bernard Tyson and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer Dr. Ronald Copeland lead a constantly improving effort that has kept this organization at the top of this list for the past five years.”

DiversityInc also announced a number of Specialty Lists, all of which can be viewed in their entirety at www.DiversityInc.com. Kaiser Permanente also ranked:

  • No. 4, Top 10 Companies for Recruitment
  • No. 9, Top 10 Companies for People with Disabilities

To view the entire Top 50 list, visit the DiversityInc website.

About DiversityInc
DiversityInc’s mission is to bring education and clarity to the business benefits of diversity. The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list began in 2001, at the same time many corporations were beginning to understand the business value of diversity-management initiatives. The 2015 Top 50 Companies for Diversity results are featured on DiversityInc.com and in DiversityInc magazine. For more information, log on to www.diversityinc.com, https://www.facebook.com/DiversityInc, https://twitter.com/DiversityInc or http://www.linkedin.com/company/26561.

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve approximately 9.6 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.