Kaiser Permanente to be Inducted into Diversity Hall of Fame

By Sahid Fawaz

One of the biggest employers of union workers will be inducted into the prestigious DiversityInc Hall of Fame this year.

“Kaiser Permanente is committed to advancing diversity at every level of the organization,” DiversityInc said. “More than 60 percent of the organization’s total workforce are members of racial, ethnic and cultural minorities, and more than 73 percent are women.

Ethnic, racial and cultural minorities make up more than half of Kaiser Permanente’s management and professional workforce, with 75 percent of them women.

In 2016, female representation in the organization’s C-Suite for its Health Plan organization was 29 percent. Kaiser Permanente has also maintained a 50 percent representation of women on the Executive Medical Directors group — the highest executive medical group at the organization.

This commitment to diversity and inclusion starts right at the top of the organization with Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson. Tyson personally signs off on executive compensation tied to diversity, diversity metrics and progress and goals and achievements for supplier diversity.

Many Kaiser Permanente employees participate in Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), which they refer to as Multicultural Business Resource Groups (MBRGs) or Unit Based Teams (UBTs). The company has a total of 12 groups, which are open to all employees, and more than 3,500 chapters.

The diversity of Kaiser Permanente’s workforce reflects the rich diversity of its patients, members and communities.”

Labor 411 congratulates Kaiser Permanente for this recognition and hopes to see many more union companies in the DiversityInc Hall of Fame in the near future. 

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