EY ranks #4 on the 2015 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity, celebrating 7 consecutive years in the top 10

New York, 24 April 2015

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Firm recognized as top company for people with disabilities, mentoring and diversity councils

Ernst & Young LLP was named number four on the 2015 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list, marking its 7th consecutive year ranking in the top 10 and its 12th time in the top 50, reinforcing the firm’s continued commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.

The firm was also named to eight “specialty lists” and was the only company in the Top 10 with three #1 rankings:

  • No. 1 Top 10 Companies for People with Disabilities – fourth year in a row at #1
  • No. 1 Top 10 Companies Mentoring – top Big 4
  • No. 1 Top 10 Companies for Diversity Councils – second year in a row at #1
  • No. 2 Top 10 Companies for Employee Resource Groups - top Big 4
  • No. 3 Top 10 Companies for Global Diversity – top Big 4
  • No. 5 Top 10 Companies for Recruitment
  • No. 5 Top 10 Companies for LGBT Employees – top Big 4
  • No. 7 Top 10 Companies for Supplier Diversity – top Big 4

“While diversity is a crucial component of our strategy, we know that it is not enough on its own,” said Stephen R. Howe Jr., EY Americas Managing Partner and Managing Partner of Ernst & Young LLP. “EY’s culture of inclusion has been the catalyst of our success and holds such promise for our future. When our teams are both diverse and inclusive, we deliver exceptional client service and we provide the best experiences for our people.”

Reinforcing EY’s tone from the top, Howe serves as co-chair of the firm’s executive diversity council and emphasizing communications tools like the D&I roadmap, an overview of how diverse, high-performing teams are critical in helping the EY organization achieve its business objectives. “Leadership Matters” is also a signature program that helps leaders explore the impact of unconscious bias and “insider-outsider” dynamics that will help people team more effectively throughout the organization.

“We find that our collaborative culture, combined with a strong emphasis on equitable sponsorship, helps all our people feel valued for what makes them unique,” said Karyn Twaronite, EY Global Diversity & Inclusiveness Officer. “Our commitment to D&I allows our people to share their different perspectives, which helps us provide the best approaches to our clients’ issues. We are honored to receive this recognition and will continue to build on our efforts in the US and abroad.”

“EY exemplifies deep-rooted and well-rounded diversity leadership, clearly communicated internally and externally,” said Luke Visconti, CEO at DiversityInc. “Steve Howe works with EY Global Diversity & Inclusiveness Officer Karyn Twaronite to create a culture that is truly inclusive. I especially appreciate their commitment to people with disabilities."

Last December, EY hosted its first-ever Diverse Abilities summit, which convened leaders from all over the US to help raise awareness about the importance of workplace D&I efforts for people of all abilities. The one-day summit featured a keynote address from Kathy Martinez, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy and executives from IBM, Merck and Cisco, who shared best practices so attendees could implement similar initiatives within their organizations.

DiversityInc Top 50 companies have significantly more diversity than average American enterprises. 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.

Any company with over 1,000 U.S.-based employees is eligible to enter, and there is no cost to compete. Each company’s rank is based on objective analysis of 183 separate factors, based on data from a 300-question survey. The four equally weighted areas of measurement include Talent Pipeline, Equitable Talent Development, CEO/Leadership Commitment, and Supplier Diversity.

Ernst & Young LLP was recognized on April 23, during diversity and inclusion’s keystone event at Cipriani Wall Street, where more than 900 senior executives from across the country were present for the annual announcement dinner.

For the entire Top 50 list, visit http://www.diversityinc.com/top50 or follow the conversation online with the hashtag #DITop50. For more information about diversity and inclusiveness initiatives at EY, visit www.ey.com/US/inclusiveness.

About DiversityInc
DiversityInc’s mission is to bring education and clarity to the business benefits of diversity. The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list began in 2001, at the same time many corporations were beginning to understand the business value of diversity-management initiatives. The 2015 Top 50 Companies for Diversity results are featured on DiversityInc.com and in DiversityInc magazine. For more information, log on to www.diversityinc.com, https://www.facebook.com/DiversityInc, https://twitter.com/DiversityInc or http://www.linkedin.com/company/26561.

About EY
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