DiversityInc. has announced the 2015 Top 50 Companies for Diversity.  Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation remained at the top of the rankings for their second year, while Kaiser Permanente jumped two spots to come in second.  Price Waterhouse Coopers, EY, Sodexo, Master Card Worldwide, AT&T, Prudential Financial, Johnson & Johnson, and Procter & Gamble rounded out the top 10. MassMutual Financial Group and Hilton Worldwide were both newcomers to the list this year.

“With more than 1000 companies participating, the competition for a spot on the DiversityInc Top 50 and Specialty Lists was up over 30% this year,” said DiversityInc Founder and CEO Luke Visconti. “Companies are recognizing the importance of diversity for corporate reputation – which directly effects millennial-generation recruiting and retention. And whether you’re talking about Silicon Valley, Ferguson, or Indiana, there’s no denying that stories about how far we still need to come regarding diversity have been dominating the headlines in 2015.”

Diversity Inc’s Top 50 companies have significantly more diversity than average American corporations. Compared with EEOC statistics, Top 50 companies have 20% more Blacks, Latinos, and Asians in management, and 13% more women. In the Top 10 the contrast is even sharper, with 41% more Blacks, Latinos, and Asians, and 46% more women than US corporate average. This year, for the first time, the National Organization on Disability tracker was required for the Top 10 Disabilities list.

DiversityInc also released 13 lists for the following select specialty areas:

  • 25 Noteworthy Companies
  • Top 10 Companies for LGBT Employees (Wells Fargo, No. 1)
  • Top 10 Companies for Supplier Diversity (AT&T, No. 1)
  • Top 10 Companies for People With Disabilities (EY, No. 1)
  • Top 10 Companies for Recruitment (PricewaterhouseCoopers, No. 1)
  • Top 10 Companies for Mentoring (EY, No. 1)
  • Top 5 Utilities (Ameren, No. 1)
  • Top 10 Regional Companies (Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, No. 1)
  • Top 10 Companies for Veterans (Northrop Grumman Corporation, No. 1)
  • Top 10 Companies for Global Diversity (IBM, No. 1)
  • Top 10 Companies for Employee Resource Groups (Merck & Co., No. 1)
  • Top 10 Companies for Diversity Councils (EY, No. 1)
  • Top 5 Hospitals and Health Systems (Henry Ford Health System, No. 1)

For the entire Top 50 list, visit http://www.diversityinc.com/top50 or follow the conversation online with the hashtag #DITop50.