Refinitiv launches 2019 edition of Diversity & Inclusion index

Jonathan Boyd
Refinitiv launches 2019 edition of Diversity & Inclusion index

The 2019 edition of the Refinitiv Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) index suggests that the US, UK and Australia are the countries where most globally diverse and inclusive companies can be found.

Index constituents are rated based on Refinitiv's ESG data, measuring some 7,000 companies representing 70% of global equity market capitalisation, across more than 400 data points. Launched in 2016, the D&I index ranks the top 100 publicly traded companies globally, as measured by 24 metrics across four categories that include 'Diversity', 'Inclusion', People Development', and 'News Controversies'. An index weighting is calculated according to metrics on how important individual companies are in the market and how they compare to peers.

This year's edition of the index has found that the pharmaceutical companies rank well, with some 13 included in the index. Banking, investment services and insurance companies number 11; while some nine telecoms companies are present, along with seven household products and services companies.

Elena Philipova, global head of ESG at Refinitiv, said: "Our Diversity and Inclusion index, now in its fourth year, recognises the companies who are leading the way in imbedding diversity and inclusion into their business strategy and practices. 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.  Refinitiv remains fully committed to using our data assets, expertise and influence to champion the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace - including our own."

Debra Walton, chief revenue officer at Refinitiv, added: "Congratulations to the 2019 D&I index Top 100 most diverse and inclusive organizations globally. We are proud that our D&I index is being used as a guide to help firms across the globe create a workforce of diverse teams. We are equally proud that the D&I index continues to serve as key driver for investors and analysts seeking to identify the companies that are getting this right, and helping them to make investment decisions that align with their values and the bottom line. The D&I index also reflects Refinitiv's own commitment to diversity and inclusion, data points which we track rigorously about our own company and which continue to drive our talent strategy to reach a minimum of 40% female representation in senior leadership roles globally, whilst continuing to support and promote an inclusive workplace that embraces diversity of every kind."

1 Accenture Plc Software & IT Services IRELAND
2 Diageo plc Beverages UNITED KINGDOM
3 Royal Bank of Canada Banking Services CANADA
4 Natura Cosmeticos SA Personal & Household Products & Services BRAZIL
5 BlackRock, Inc. Investment Banking & Investment Services UNITED STATES
6 Telecom Italia SpA Telecommunications Services ITALY
7 Novartis AG Pharmaceuticals SWITZERLAND
8 Allianz SE Insurance GERMANY
9 Gap Inc Specialty Retailers UNITED STATES
10 Kering Specialty Retailers FRANCE
11 Infrastrutture Wireless Italiane SpA Telecommunications Services ITALY
12 L'Oreal SA Personal & Household Products & Services FRANCE
13 UCB SA Pharmaceuticals BELGIUM
14 HERA SpA Multiline Utilities ITALY
15 Merck & Co., Inc. Pharmaceuticals UNITED STATES
16 Thomson Reuters Corp Professional & Commercial Services CANADA
17 Millicom International Cellular SA(SWE) Telecommunications Services LUXEMBOURG
18 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV Automobiles & Auto Parts UNITED KINGDOM
19 Woolworths Group Ltd Food & Drug Retailing AUSTRALIA
20 Bank of Nova Scotia Banking Services CANADA
21 Toronto-Dominion Bank Banking Services CANADA
22 Nestle SA Food & Tobacco SWITZERLAND
23 Roche Holding Ltd. Pharmaceuticals SWITZERLAND
24 Acciona SA Construction & Engineering SPAIN
25 Star Entertainment Group Ltd Hotels & Entertainment Services AUSTRALIA
26 BNP Paribas SA Banking Services FRANCE
27 Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals UNITED STATES
28 Sempra Energy Multiline Utilities UNITED STATES
29 Xerox Corp Office Equipment UNITED STATES
30 Owens Corning Homebuilding / Household Goods UNITED STATES
31 adidas AG Textiles & Apparel GERMANY
32 NTT Docomo Inc Telecommunications Services JAPAN
33 AstraZeneca plc Pharmaceuticals UNITED KINGDOM
34 Eli Lilly And Co Pharmaceuticals UNITED STATES
35 Cathay Financial Holding Co., Ltd. Insurance TAIWAN
36 3M Co Industrial Conglomerates UNITED STATES
37 GlaxoSmithKline plc Pharmaceuticals UNITED KINGDOM
38 Caterpillar Inc. Machinery, Equipment & Components UNITED STATES
39 Vodafone Group plc Telecommunications Services UNITED KINGDOM
40 HP Inc Computers, Phones & Household Electronics UNITED STATES
41 Arcelik AS Household Goods TURKEY
42 Sodexo SA Hotels & Entertainment Services FRANCE
44 CSR Limited Construction Materials AUSTRALIA
45 Bristol-Myers Squibb Co Pharmaceuticals UNITED STATES
46 Merck KGaA Pharmaceuticals GERMANY
47 Deutsche Post AG Freight & Logistics Services GERMANY
48 Unilever Indonesia Tbk PT Personal & Household Products & Services INDONESIA
49 PepsiCo, Inc. Beverages UNITED STATES
50 Korea Gas Corp Natural Gas Utilities SOUTH KOREA
51 Inditex SA Specialty Retailers SPAIN
52 Samsung C&T Corp Diversified Industrial Goods Wholesalers SOUTH KOREA
53 Siemens AG Industrial Conglomerates GERMANY
54 Samsung Electronics Co Ltd Computers, Phones & Household Electronics SOUTH KOREA
55 Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce Banking Services CANADA
56 ManpowerGroup Inc. Professional & Commercial Services UNITED STATES
57 Medtronic PLC Healthcare Equipment & Supplies IRELAND
58 Shiseido Company, Limited Personal & Household Products & Services JAPAN
59 Biogen Inc Pharmaceuticals UNITED STATES
60 WPP PLC Media & Publishing UNITED KINGDOM
61 DiGi.Com Bhd Telecommunications Services MALAYSIA
62 Coca Cola HBC AG Beverages SWITZERLAND
63 Avon Products, Inc. Personal & Household Products & Services UNITED KINGDOM
64 Sony Corp Computers, Phones & Household Electronics JAPAN
65 Fujitsu Ltd Software & IT Services JAPAN
66 Woolworths Holdings Limited Diversified Retail SOUTH AFRICA
67 Mediclinic International PLC Healthcare Providers & Services UNITED KINGDOM
68 Colgate-Palmolive Company Personal & Household Products & Services UNITED STATES
69 Kingfisher plc Specialty Retailers UNITED KINGDOM
70 Orica Ltd Chemicals AUSTRALIA
71 Hasbro, Inc. Leisure Products UNITED STATES
72 Newcrest Mining Limited Metals & Mining AUSTRALIA
73 Alliance Data Systems Corporation Professional & Commercial Services UNITED STATES
74 UnitedHealth Group Inc Healthcare Providers & Services UNITED STATES
75 Bank of America Corp Banking Services UNITED STATES
76 General Mills, Inc. Food & Tobacco UNITED STATES
77 Unilever plc Personal & Household Products & Services UNITED KINGDOM
78 CSL Limited Pharmaceuticals AUSTRALIA
79 Singapore Telecommunications Limited Telecommunications Services SINGAPORE
80 Hankook Tire & Technology Co Ltd Automobiles & Auto Parts SOUTH KOREA
81 Galenica AG Food & Drug Retailing SWITZERLAND
82 Cie Gnrl des Etblsmnts Michelin SCA Automobiles & Auto Parts FRANCE
83 Rio Tinto Limited Metals & Mining AUSTRALIA
84 SGS SA Professional & Commercial Services SWITZERLAND
85 American Electric Power Company Inc Electric Utilities & IPPs UNITED STATES
86 Symantec Corporation Software & IT Services UNITED STATES
87, inc. Software & IT Services UNITED STATES
88 Foschini Group Ltd Specialty Retailers SOUTH AFRICA
89 Truworths International Limited Specialty Retailers SOUTH AFRICA
90 Nestle (Malaysia) Berhad Food & Tobacco MALAYSIA
91 Deutsche Telekom AG Telecommunications Services GERMANY
92 SAP SE Software & IT Services GERMANY
93 Accor SA Hotels & Entertainment Services FRANCE
94 Endesa SA Electric Utilities & IPPs SPAIN
95 Astellas Pharma Inc Pharmaceuticals JAPAN
96 Commonwealth Bank of Australia Banking Services AUSTRALIA
97 Iluka Resources Limited Metals & Mining AUSTRALIA
98 Evonik Industries AG Chemicals GERMANY
99 Citigroup Inc Banking Services UNITED STATES
100 Peugeot SA Automobiles & Auto Parts FRANCE


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