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EY is #1 for Diversity & Inclusion, according to DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list

New York, 3 May 2017

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Organization recognized for its innovative approaches to building a diverse and inclusive culture

Ernst & Young LLP has been named #1 on DiversityInc’s 2017 Top 50 Companies for Diversity list, positioning it as the leading professional services firm for diversity and inclusiveness (D&I). This marks the firm’s 9th consecutive year ranked in the top 10 and the 14th time on the list.

“We are honored to be acknowledged by DiversityInc for our longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusiveness,” said Stephen R. Howe Jr., EY US Chairman and Managing Partner and EY Americas Managing Partner. “Across EY, we recognize that our strength comes from our diversity. We also know that an inclusive culture that values our people’s unique perspectives is critical to drive quality and innovation for our clients – and a better working world for all of us.”

EY congratulated fellow honorees in DiversityInc’s top 10:

  1. Kaiser Permanente
  2. AT&T
  3. PwC
  4. Johnson & Johnson
  5. Sodexo
  6. MasterCard
  7. Marriott International
  8. Wells Fargo
  9. Abbot

“At EY, D&I is fundamental to our business model and to creating a sense of belonging for all of our people,” said Karyn Twaronite, EY Global and Americas Diversity & Inclusiveness Officer and U.S. Executive Committee member. “We are gratified to be among DiversityInc’s top 10 companies for diversity and to be recognized for our efforts to connect and inspire our people through a truly diverse workforce and inclusive culture.”

EY was also among the top companies on a number of DiversityInc specialty lists including:

  • #1 – Top Companies for People with Disabilities
  • #1 – Top Companies for Employee Resource Groups
  • #1 – Top Companies for Mentoring
  • #1 – Top Companies for Executive Women
  • #1 – Top Companies for Diversity Councils
  • #4 – Top Companies for Recruitment
  • #7 – Top Companies for Global Diversity
  • #7 – Top Companies for Supplier Diversity
  • Recognized as one of the Top 19 Companies for LGBT Employees
  • Recognized as one of the Top 19 Companies for Global Diversity

EY D&I innovations recognized by DiversityInc this year include:

  • EY D&I Roadmap - The Roadmap provides all EY leaders and people with a consistent methodology for fostering an inclusive environment in which the differences, talents and perspectives for its people are maximized in order to deliver exceptional client service and create the highest-performing teams.
  • Courageous conversations and check-in guides - Following the shootings that occurred in Louisiana, Minnesota and Texas last summer, EY created group discussions and one-on-one check-in guides so that offices across the country could engage in candid dialogue about race relations. Following the US election, and more recently after the executive order on immigration, these guides were instrumental in enabling EY leaders to connect with their teams and navigate difficult subject matters with our people.
  • EY Unplugged - More than 500 Black and Latino Ernst & Young LLP incoming staff participated in the sixth annual EY Unplugged program in December 2016. The US firm also hosted more than 800 Asian staff in regionally based EY Unplugged programs this year. Unplugged is a hallmark of EY’s efforts to retain and advance ethnically diverse professionals.
  • Pathways to parenthood - In the US, Ernst & Young LLP was a first mover in equalizing paid parental leave for new mothers and fathers. Parents are now eligible for up to 16 weeks of fully paid time off, when welcoming a child through birth, adoption, surrogacy, foster care or legal guardianship. US employees are also now eligible for a lifetime maximum of $25,000 per family to cover the cost of advanced reproductive technology (ART) procedures (i.e., in vitro fertilization), surrogacy and adoption fees. In addition, the US firm recently rolled out a new benefit that enables all US-salaried employees to take up to 10 days of paid time off annually for personal and family care needs, such as attending to a sick child or an elderly dependent.
  • Diversity councils - Similar to its Americas Inclusiveness Advisory Council, EY established the Global Diversity & Inclusiveness Steering Committee, a group of diverse, influential leaders from around the world working to refine and expand our approach to D&I.
  • Neurodiversity Program and other diverse abilities programs - In support of people with diverse abilities, specifically autism, Ernst & Young LLP launched a neurodiversity program this year in Philadelphia, hiring four individuals on the spectrum to serve as Accounting Support Associates. Expansion plans are already underway for Dallas and San Jose. EY was also an official supporter of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, and has hired several Paralympians into its Olympian Intern Program.
  • Supporting our veterans - To help EY better understand the professional needs and interests of veterans in transition, the firm conducted a national survey examining how the military prepared veterans for entering and succeeding in the civilian workforce. It also signed the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Statement, pledging its support to employees who serve our country in the National Guard, Active Reserve and veterans’ communities.
  • Gender equity - EY sponsored International Women’s Day (IWD) #BeBoldForChange campaign hosting a number of events that celebrated the achievements of women. EY has also signed on to numerous pledges and organizations to further impact the gender equity agenda in the marketplace including the 30% Club, Paradigm for Parity, the White House Equal Pay Pledge and more.
  • LGBTQ+ - In addition to thousands of members in EY’s Unity Network, EY co-sponsored new research from the Center for Talent Innovation, Out in the World: Securing LGBT Rights in the Global Marketplace. The study explores the challenges businesses face in promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ+) equality globally. EY convened Fortune 500 business leaders and LGBTQ+ organizations in New York to discuss the research.

Ernst & Young LLP was recognized on May 2nd during DiversityInc’s annual announcement dinner, which was held in New York City and was attended by more than 1,000 senior executives from across the country.

For the entire Top 50 list, visit or follow the conversation online with the hashtag #DITop50. For more information about diversity and inclusiveness initiatives at EY, visit

About DiversityInc
The mission of DiversityInc 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 that many corporations were beginning to understand the business value of diversity-management initiatives. The 2017 Top 50 Companies for Diversity results will be featured on and in DiversityInc magazine. For more information, visit,, or

According to DiversityInc, this year’s Top 50 companies have significantly more diversity than average American enterprises. In fact, participation in the survey has increased dramatically to more than 1,800 companies in 2016.There are nearly 50 percent more Blacks, Latinos and Asians in management than in U.S. companies in general. In addition, DiversityInc Top 10 Companies have achieved near parity with women in management (48 percent) and women also represent 40 percent of their top earners. Any company with more than 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.

About EY
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