Recognized for creating an inclusive workforce

INDIANAPOLIS – Today, Diversity Best Practices, a division of Working Mother Media, unveiled its third annual Inclusion Index. This index helps organizations understand gaps in demographic representation and creates a road map to drive internal change and solutions through proven best practices. Organizations provided data and were measured in three key areas: best practices in the recruitment, retention and advancement of people from underrepresented groups (women, racial/ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTQ people); company culture including leadership accountability; and transparency and improvement in year-to-year demographic diversity. Roche Diagnostics was among the 80 organizations that earned a score of at least 60 percent and a place on the index. This year, 148 organizations participated in the Diversity Best Practices Inclusion Index, a 17 percent year-over-year increase. Results reveal opportunities for all organizations to target their diversity-and-inclusion efforts for greater effectiveness.

An index, unlike a list, does not have a set number of organizations to recognize. Instead, a threshold percentage is set, at which point any participant with that percentage or better qualifies for the index. One-hundred-forty-eight organizations applied, and 80 of those listed on the 2019 DBP Inclusion Index achieved at least 60 percent of the available points. Fifteen companies earned scores of at least 75 percent to qualify as a Leading Inclusion Index Company. In a new category this year for the highest-scoring organizations, 14 organizations are being recognized for superior achievement, qualifying as a top 10 percent Inclusion Index Company. Completed applications were collected online from December 2018 to March 2019.

“The Inclusion Index continues to grow as more and more organizations are willing to be transparent about their progress and workforce demographics,” says Deborah Munster, vice president, Diversity Best Practices. “We applaud their D&I efforts and will continue to set a high bar in order to drive change and accountability.”

“We are thrilled to appear on the Diversity Best Practice Index,” says Chris Krull, Roche Diagnostics diversity and inclusion director. “The results of our application provide us insights into what we’re doing well and where we still have work to do. We know that our company’s success depends on our ability to attract and retain the best talent and to enable all employees to feel like they can bring their entire selves to work every day. Tracking our diversity and inclusion efforts helps us do more to make that possible.”

Key findings from the 2019 Diversity Best Practices Inclusion Index are:

  • Recruitment: While 100 percent of the top 10 percent mandate diverse interview slates, requiring diverse panels of interviewers remains less common at 71 percent—compared to 43 percent of all participants. Ninety-three percent of top 10 percent and Leading Index organizations train recruiters to ask culturally competent questions of diverse applications—compared with 86 percent of all participants.
  • Advancement: 93 percent of the top 10 percent organizations have diversity in their executive succession planning—compared with 79 percent of Leading Index organizations and 61 percent of all participants.

  • Company Culture: 100 percent of the top 10 percent organizations hold managers accountable for D&I—compared with 97 percent of Leading Companies and 75 percent of all participants. Sixty-four percent of the top 10 percent organizations compensate managers for diversity and inclusion results—compared with 55 percent of Leading Companies and 35 percent of all participants.

The Inclusion Index Data Snapshot featuring highlights from the report can be found HERE.

About Diversity Best Practices

Diversity Best Practices, a division of Working Mother Media, is the preeminent organization for diversity thought leaders to share best practices and develop innovative solutions for culture change. Through research, benchmarking, publications and events, DBP offers members information and strategies on how to implement, grow, measure and create first-in-class diversity programs.

About Roche

Roche is a global pioneer in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics focused on advancing science to improve people’s lives. The combined strengths of pharmaceuticals and diagnostics under one roof have made Roche the leader in personalized healthcare – a strategy that aims to fit the right treatment to each patient in the best way possible.

Roche is the world’s largest biotech company, with truly differentiated medicines in oncology, immunology, infectious diseases, ophthalmology and diseases of the central nervous system. Roche is also the world leader in in vitro diagnostics and tissue-based cancer diagnostics, and a frontrunner in diabetes management.

Founded in 1896, Roche continues to search for better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat diseases and make a sustainable contribution to society. The company also aims to improve patient access to medical innovations by working with all relevant stakeholders. Thirty medicines developed by Roche are included in the World Health Organization Model Lists of Essential Medicines, among them life-saving antibiotics, antimalarials and cancer medicines. Roche has been recognized as the Group Leader in sustainability within the Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology & Life Sciences Industry nine years in a row by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI).The Roche Group, headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, is active in over 100 countries and in 2017 employed about 94,000 people worldwide. In 2017, Roche invested CHF 10.4 billion in R&D and posted sales of CHF 53.3 billion. Genentech, in the United States, is a wholly owned member of the Roche Group. Roche is the majority shareholder in Chugai Pharmaceutical, Japan. For more information, please visit www.roche.com.


Roche Diagnostics: Amberly Peterson, 317-270-8064, amberly.peterson@roche.com

Diversity Best Practices: Stefanie McNamara, 212-779-5119, stefanie.mcnamara@bonniercorp.com