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Revealed: The world’s most diverse and inclusive organisations

Revealed: The world’s most diverse and inclusive organisations

Many of the leaders have a significant presence in the Middle East

The world’s most diverse and inclusive organisations have been revealed – and once again, they show that while progress is being made in promoting equality, there’s still a long way to go.

Refinitiv announced the 2019 edition of the top 100 most diverse and inclusive organisations globally, as ranked by the diversity and inclusion (D&I) index. The index ratings come from Refinitiv’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG) data, designed to measure the relative performance of more than 7,000 companies representing 70 per cent of global market cap across more than 400 ESG data points.

Pharmaceutical firms led the way this year, with a total of 13 of the top 100 most diverse organisations coming from the industry. In second was banking, investment services and insurance with 11 of the top 100. Telecommunications services were third (nine of the top 100), and personal and household products and services were fourth (seven of the top 100).

Of the most diverse and inclusive organisations in Refinitiv’s rankings, many of them – such as overall leaders Accenture – have a significant presence in the Middle East.

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As a nation, the United States led the way in terms of where the most diverse organisations are located, with a whopping 25 of the top 100 located there. The Uk was second with 10, just ahead of Australia’s nine.

“As ESG principles become commonplace around the world, many executives and investment professionals are looking at the implementation of ESG fundamentals, D&I being part of it — not as a ‘nice to have’, but as an essential lens for investment and strategy decision-making,” said Elena Philipova, global head of ESG at Refinitiv.

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The rankings come as women continue to make gains on corporate boards.

America’s largest companies are now powered by more women than ever before. In the United States, women now hold 20 per cent of seats on corporate boards of publicly traded companies for the first time, according to a new Wall Street Journal report that uses figures from data firm Equilar. The number is a significant increase from 2016, when women held just 15 per cent of corporate board seats on publicly traded companies.


  1. Accenture
  2. Diageo
  3. Royal Bank of Canada
  4. Natura Cosmeticos
  5. BlackRock
  6. Telecom Italia
  7. Novartis
  8. Allianz
  9. Gap
  10. Kering
  11. Infrastrutture Wireless Italiane
  12. L’Oreal
  13. UCB
  14. HERA
  15. Merck
  16. Thomson Reuters
  17. Millicom International Cellular
  18. Fiat Chrysler
  19. Woolworths
  20. Bank of Nova Scotia
  21. Toronto-Dominion Bank
  22. Nestle
  23. Roche Holding
  24. Acciona
  25. Star Entertainment Group
Source: Refinitiv


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