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Top 100 Most Diverse and Inclusive Companies

Diversity & inclusion in the workforce is key to ensuring that companies remain competitive and meet the changing needs of their customers. Find out which firms are the leading in this space.

Introducing the 2021 D&I top 100

In today’s volatile business reality, diversity and inclusion is more important than ever. Yet measurable progress in increasing workplace diversity and inclusion remains slow. The reasons why are as varied as the potential solutions. However, most can agree that diversity is good for business.

Key takeaways

Here are some highlights from this year's list of the most diverse and inclusive companies:

  • The United States is leading with 25 companies out of the top 100. The list includes 29 countries
  • The industry with the highest D&I score is software and IT services, with the highest inclusion score
  • Gap, Inc. ranked first on the D&I index for 2021

Full list

Refinitiv's diversity and inclusion top 100

Explore the full list of this year's top 100 most diverse and inclusive companies.


The diversity & inclusion methodology

Our D&I ratings cover 11,000 publicly listed companies, as measured by 24 metrics across four key pillars.

Diversity pillar

The diversity score is based on several key diversity metrics such as board cultural diversity, board gender diversity and women managers.

Inclusion pillar

The Inclusion score looks at inclusion factors such as flexible working hours, day care services and employees with disabilities.

People development pillar

The people development score is based on career development markers such as internal promotion, management training and employee satisfaction.

News and controversies pillar

The news and controversies score tracks companies' diversity and opportunity controversies as well wages or working conditions controversies.


Diversity and inclusion spotlight: cultural diversity

Board culture diversity is one ESG metric covered in the Refinitiv ESG database. The data point is defined as the percentage of board members that have a cultural background different from the location of the corporate headquarters.

When analyzing a starting universe of 8,789 companies reporting on board cultural diversity between 2016 and 2020, we find that globally the cultural diversity of board members has increased, but only slightly.

EMEA leads the way with the most culturally diverse boards.


Quotes from top recognized companies

To be recognised as the #1 ranked company on the Refinitiv Diversity and Inclusion Index is a great honour for Gap Inc. – one that has been 52 years in the making. We believe that inclusion isn’t optional, and this recognition truly reinforces the importance of Gap Inc.’s core belief – that we all deserve to belong.
Sheila Peters
Chief People Officer, Gap Inc

RBC’s diversity and inclusion vision is to be among the most inclusive and successful companies, putting diversity into action to help employees, clients and communities thrive. We are honoured to be recognised by Refinitiv and proud of the progress we’ve made, but we know that the move toward equality and fundamental change in our society has much further to go.
Dave McKay
President & CEO, RBC

We believe transparency and accountability are hallmarks of good governance and essential to building trust.
Julie Sweet
CEO, Accenture PLC

D&I Index

Get more insight with the Refinitiv diversity & inclusion index

About our Refinitiv D&I index

 It is important for financial professionals to be able to identify companies that are at the forefront of diversity and inclusion practices to make better-informed investment decisions.

At Refinitiv we employ our own data and analytics capabilities to dig deep into the practices, policies, and performance of over 80% of global market cap companies as part of the methodology behind our diversity and inclusion index.

Powered by our own ESG data the Refinitiv D&I index is designed to measure the relative performance of companies against factors that define diverse and inclusive workplaces.

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