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Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace: Are You Leading the Way?

It’s been 55 years since the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 13 years since the #MeToo movement started. Companies from Sephora to Starbucks are making assertive efforts to expand their support for “workplace diversity” — not only through training, policies and procedures but also by ingraining it into corporate cultures.

Increasingly, companies are embracing the concept that everyone has the potential to contribute regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies. Marathon reviewed the latest media articles about diversity and inclusion in the workplace and found one that we wanted to share. Published by Forbes, it is a rundown of “America’s Best Employers for Diversity in 2019.”

Although it’s not a traditional “best practices” article like we often share, it’s interesting, inspiring and even a bit surprising. (Would you have expected the #1 Best Employer for Diversity in 2019 would be metal packaging giant Ball? It is!) Per Forbes, “Rather than tucking diversity and inclusion under the umbrella of human resources, as so many employers do, Ball Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion Manette Snow reports directly to [CEO John Hayes]. ‘It gives diversity and inclusion a visibility, a recognition of its importance,” says Ball Senior Director of Diversity and Inclusion Charles Johnson.’” How is your firm doing?