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Kaiser Permanente Ranked No. 2 on DiversityInc’s 2017 Top 50 Companies for Diversity

12th consecutive year the organization has been recognized for its commitment to diversity and inclusion

May 3, 2017



Photo of Kaiser Permanente employees at the 2017 DiversityInc Gala

OAKLAND, Calif. – Kaiser Permanente, the largest integrated health system in the U.S., has earned the No. 2 ranking on the 2017 Top 50 Companies for Diversity list, it was announced on Tuesday. The DiversityInc Top 50 list, issued yearly since 2001, recognizes the nation’s top companies for diversity and inclusion management.

“Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to diversity and inclusion has been inextricably linked to our mission of improving the health of our members and the communities we serve since our founding more than 70 years ago,” said Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson. “We are proud to be recognized as a champion of diversity and inclusion, because we know that by welcoming differences rather than seeing them as barriers, we are in a stronger position to serve our members.”

This is the 17th year DiversityInc has administered its Top 50 Companies survey. Kaiser Permanente previously ranked No. 1 in 2016 and in 2011, and has been named to the Top 50 list every year since 2006. The list identifies companies that excel in their practice of inclusion in areas including hiring, retaining and promoting women, minorities, people with disabilities, LGBT individuals and veterans.

“This tremendous honor is the result of the diligence and commitment by the entire Kaiser Permanente community to fostering diversity and inclusion,” said Ronald L. Copeland, MD, senior vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer. “Day in and day out, we strive to create equitable health and health care outcomes for our more than 11.3 million members, and this is a pivotal element in being able to achieve that goal.”

DiversityInc also announced a number of Specialty Lists on which Kaiser Permanente ranked:

  • 3 in the DiversityInc Top 13 Companies for Recruitment
  • 8 in the DiversityInc Top 11 Companies for Supplier Diversity
  • 7 in the DiversityInc Top 13 Companies for Diversity Councils
  • 7 in the DiversityInc Top 15 Companies for Veterans
  • Among the DiversityInc Top Companies for LGBT Employees

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

About DiversityInc
The mission of DiversityInc is to bring education and clarity to the business benefits of diversity. The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list began in 2001, when many corporations were beginning to understand the business value of diversity-management initiatives. The 2017 Top 50 Companies for Diversity results will be featured on ‪DiversityInc.com and in DiversityInc magazine. DiversityInc is a VA certified veteran-owned business and a USBLN certified business owned by a person with a disability. For more information, visit www.diversityinc.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn @DiversityInc.

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 more than 11.3 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.