NEW YORK, March 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Deloitte is proud to announce that it has been ranked among the Top 10 of The 2011 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity – Deloitte's eighth appearance on DiversityInc's list. Specifically, Deloitte was recognized for its rigorous enhancements to succession planning, talent development, diversity's relevance to the organization's business goals, and internal and external communications. DiversityInc also recognized Deloitte for its strong CEO commitment and a host of programs to increase talent acquisition and development.
"As workforce demographics continue to change, our clients and the business community at large increasingly value diversity, which makes our ability to cultivate diverse talent and develop diverse leaders a business imperative," said Barry Salzberg, chief executive officer of Deloitte LLP. "This recognition speaks to our achievements in this regard and to our continuing efforts to sustain an environment that draws upon the diversity of our people."
Deloitte has demonstrated notable progress in fostering diverse talent by continually investing in learning and development initiatives. Deloitte not only maintained its commitment during the recession, but also built upon programs that engage and seek to advance high-performing diverse professionals into leadership roles. A variety of sponsorship, coaching and mentoring programs tailored for specific career levels prepare Deloitte professionals for the next stages of their careers, while also drawing high-caliber talent to the organization.
"At Deloitte, we strive to achieve diversity at all levels of the organization to serve our clients and drive our business results," said John Zamora, partner and chief diversity officer, Deloitte LLP. "We provide our people with development opportunities and challenging assignments in an inclusive environment, which forms the distinct value that enriches our professionals' careers and keeps diversity at the forefront of our talent strategy."
Deloitte embraces a results-driven approach to furthering its diversity commitment and measuring its progress. An external Diversity Advisory Council comprised of respected independent business, academic and community leaders advise Deloitte leadership on diversity and inclusion efforts and hold the organization accountable for its goals. Additionally, the organization publishes a Diversity & Inclusion annual report, a Women's Initiative (WIN) annual report, and an overall Talent Annuity Report that outline and measure Deloitte's efforts to attract and retain a diverse and highly-skilled workforce, and also provide an outlook for the year ahead.
"Under Chief Diversity Officer John Zamora, Deloitte has taken major steps in diversity management in what is surely the most competitive industry: professional services," said DiversityInc CEO Luke Visconti. "The firm's leap onto the top 10 on this list is a testament to the rigorous recent efforts to enhance succession planning, all talent development, relevance to the business goals, and communications internally and externally."
"As always, it starts with the top, and CEO Barry Salzberg's commitment to diversity has never wavered," Visconti added. "He gets a perfect score for CEO commitment on the survey and has always been a visible diversity-management leader, internally and externally."
The DiversityInc Top 50 recognizes organizations that demonstrate measurable results in leadership commitment, human capital metrics, corporate and organizational communications and supplier diversity. The survey, now in its 11th year, is a metrics-driven assessment of diversity management in corporate America and globally. A total of 535 companies participated in DiversityInc's survey for the 2011 ranking, which required the completion of a detailed questionnaire based entirely on empirical questions.
In addition to earning the No. 8 spot on DiversityInc's Top 50, Deloitte was ranked on the following five specialty lists that further recognize the organization's achievements in creating a diverse and inclusive environment:
- No. 1 in The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Asian Americans
- No. 5 in The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Global Diversity (Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited)
- No. 8 in The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Latinos
- No. 8 in The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Executive Women
- No. 8 in The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for People With Disabilities
Deloitte recently received the DiversityInc Special Award for Generational Communications, which honors its pioneering research and organizational approach to talent development, engagement and communication across multiple generations in the workforce.
Deloitte has earned several other awards and accolades for its diversity initiatives. Earlier this year, Deloitte scored its 12th consecutive appearance on Fortune Magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" ranking and was recognized for its focus on diversity. Deloitte has placed high on additional diversity and workplace rankings, including the top five "Best Companies for Multicultural Women" by Working Mother, a top 10 employer on Working Mother's "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers," and No. 1 on Vault's "Accounting 50 Ranking of Best Firms to Work For," where Deloitte also ranked in the top 10 in all diversity-related categories. Deloitte is also the recipient of the Catalyst Award, which recognizes innovative, effective and measurable initiatives to advance women in the workplace, and was named the "model employer" in conjunction with "The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Changes Everything," a study released by Maria Shriver and the Center for American Progress.
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