Gen Z Ranks Top Global Companies for Diversity & Inclusion


Desirée Patno is the CEO and President of Women in the Housing and Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) and Desirée Patno Enterprises, Inc. (DPE). With almost three decades specializing in the Housing and Real Estate Ecosystem, she leads her executive team’s expertise of championing women’s economic growth and independence.

It is no secret that diversity and inclusion (D&I) is an important part of a company’s performance and success, and a dynamic company culture is becoming increasingly attractive to college students posing to enter the workforce. Universum just released their first Diversity and Inclusion Index based on a global survey of over 247,000 college students from the 12 biggest economies, which asked what they are looking for from their future employers. 

Top Companies for Diversity & Inclusion

The report notes that companies in Tech, FMCG, and Professional Services ranked the highest in the index. Below is the list of top employers for D&I according to Business and STEM college students:

  1. Google
  2. Microsoft
  3. Unilever
  4. L’Oreal Group
  5. Procter & Gamble (P&G)
  6. Apple
  7. Adidas
  8. Johnson & Johnson
  9. EY (Ernst & Young)
  10. Amazon

In 2019, 85 percent of the over 2000 companies included in the list of the World’s Most Attractive Employers place hiring for diversity as a top priority. What does diversity mean to todays’ college students? According to the report, about 93 percent of the future talent pool associates D&I in the workplaces with cultural diversity more so than age, ethnicity or gender. 

Cultural diversity focuses on personality traits, socioeconomic backgrounds, nationality, work experience and education, rather than just perceivable traits such as gender, age and ethnicity. This finding indicates that setting targets and meeting quotas will not be enough to create the kind of environment that employees seek and feel as if they can thrive in. 

Read the full report here.

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