Cardinal Health has been named one of the 2023 Best Companies for Multicultural Women by Seramount, a diverse, women-led company with more than 40 years of research on topics that shape workplace culture. This honor recognizes the top 80 companies that create and use best practices in hiring, retaining and promoting multicultural women in the U.S. (See the complete list of companies here.) Cardinal Health was previously included in this list in 2021.
Since 2003, Seramount’s Best Companies for Multicultural Women has tracked corporations’ progress in creating cultures that encourage multicultural women to join and rise through the ranks. This year’s survey assessed progress for women by specific racial/ethnic group as well as factors influencing that progress, including mental health, anti-racism progress, and participation in mentoring and sponsorship programs.
“We’re honored to be recognized again for our commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion and to supporting women in the workplace,” said Devray Kirkland, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer at Cardinal Health. “We continue to make progress on our goal of increasing representation of women globally from 40% in fiscal year 2021 to 48% by 2030. Our senior executive team is 57% female, and our commitment to gender equality also was recently recognized with our company’s inclusion in the 2023 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index.”
DE&I initiatives at Cardinal Health include education on bias and leading diverse teams, mentoring programs, multiple differentiated leadership development programs and strong employee resource groups (ESGs) that offer a variety of programming on topics like mentorship, volunteerism, and mental well-being. DE&I is a key priority within the company’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) framework.
To identify the Best Companies for Multicultural Women each year, Seramount asks companies to respond to nearly 600 questions about representation (including hiring, attrition and promotions), recruitment, retention and advancement programs, and company culture. Its scoring algorithm is based on the previous year’s benchmark results, which determines the winners.