Today, Cardinal Health is among 42 organizations recognized for creating an inclusive workplace, according to Seramount’s 2023 Inclusion Index. Companies on the list are highly supportive of employee resource groups (ERGs), follow inclusive recruitment strategies like requiring diverse panels to interview job candidates, have inclusive succession-planning and career development programs, and provide mental well-being education for employees.
Devray Kirkland, Cardinal Health’s Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, said, “We are building a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce because we know there is strength in our differences. We believe our DE&I work, which brings diversity of thought, leadership and perspective into our organization, is a competitive advantage, enabling us to recruit and retain top talent, best meet our customers’ needs, and strengthen the communities where we live and work.”
This latest recognition is one of several 2023 awards Cardinal Health has received from Seramount, a strategic professional services and research firm dedicated to supporting high-performing, inclusive companies. Earlier, the company was listed among Seramount’s Top 75 Companies for Executive Women, which recognizes companies’ commitment to women’s advancement, with a focus on succession planning, gender pay equity, and recruitment and retention. We were also named among the 100 Best Companies for providing workplace programs that support working parents and caregivers, and included in the Best Companies for Multicultural Women, for creating and implementing best practices in hiring, retaining and advancing multicultural women.
“We’re proud of these and other recognitions of our workplace culture, including our selection for the 2023 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index, which helps to bring transparency to gender-related practices at publicly-listed companies, and the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Board Diversity Award from DirectWomen, which acknowledges our commitment to diversity in the boardroom,” Kirkland said.
Much of Cardinal Health’s DE&I work is done through a strong network of ERGs, which offer a variety of programming on mentorship, volunteerism, and mental and physical well-being. Other DE&I initiatives at Cardinal Health include mentoring and leadership development programs and employee education on leading diverse teams.
Kirkland added, “Creating a workplace culture where every employee feels welcome, seen, heard, and safe to bring their authentic selves to work is a journey. There is always more work to be done, but we are making progress.”