Cox recognized for 14th time among Top 50 Companies for Diversity

Cox Communications, the largest private telecom company in the U.S. and pioneer of gigabit broadband to homes and businesses, earned the No. 11 spot on the 2019 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list. 

This marks the 14th time the company has been recognized among the nation’s corporate diversity leaders. Cox was also specifically praised for its leadership in executive diversity councils and ranked in the top five for supplier diversity and philanthropy.

“Building stronger connections with our employees, our suppliers and our customers gives us a competitive advantage, and I’m so proud of how diversity and inclusion has become the core of who we are at Cox,” said Pat Esser, president, Cox Communications. “Earning a spot on the DiversityInc list reinforces the important work happening every day across our business.”

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The DiversityInc Top 50 list, issued yearly since 2001, recognizes the nation’s top companies for diversity and inclusion management. These companies excel in such areas as hiring, retaining and promoting women, minorities, people with disabilities, LGBT, and veterans. Cox first appeared on the list in 2006 and was ranked No. 13 in 2018.

“I am thrilled that the commitment by Cox leaders, team members and employee resource group and diversity council participants is being recognized again by DiversityInc this year,” said Karen Bennett, executive vice president and chief people officer. “We will continue to push to create a diverse and inclusive environment that brings out the best in all of us.”

DiversityInc’s extensive annual survey yields an empirically driven ranking based on talent results in the workforce and management, senior leadership accountability, talent programs, workplace practices, philanthropy, and supplier diversity. 

This year’s competition was improved by adding questions that connect talent programs and workplace practices to desired talent results. The Top 50 analysis also addressed the intersectionality of race by analyzing women and men representation of each race/ethnicity separately, rather than combined.  

“We revamped our algorithms and now have a reliability quotient of .92,” notes Luke Visconti, founder and CEO of DiversityInc. “DiversityInc Top 50 Companies have a decisive advantage because they treat people more fairly than other companies and there is more opportunity for all. Top 50 companies also deliver a greater-than-average return for shareholders.”

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