2016 Best Companies for Diversity: ADP

CEO: Carlos A. Rodriguez


The 50 companies on this year’s Best Companies for Diversity list represents brands that recognize the value of cultivating an inclusive environment, driven by company leadership through senior management and the board of directors, as shown in the BE Registry of Corporate Directors. Some are taking a step further to engage employees during turbulent and confusing sociopolitical times.

We would like to highlight ADP, a provider of human resources management software and services headquartered in  New Jersey, and what it’s doing to push forward and nurture diversity and inclusion.

ADP implements diversity and inclusion initiatives on various levels. As part of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), the company recognizes that creating partnerships with diverse suppliers is a major competitive advantage. Last year, they spent millions with black suppliers, including World Wide Technology, Inc. and Diversant, L.L.C., two black-owned businesses on this year’s BE 100s list. The company has stated that its main objective is ensuring the inclusion of diverse suppliers as a part of their strategic sourcing and procurement process.

For their employees, ADP holds an annual Diversity and Inclusion Summit, which serves as an opportunity for leadership and associates to come together to drive common goals and consistency across the business.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion has developed a joint strategy with the Talent Acquisition and Global Talent and  Learning organizations, to ensure that the actions of the recruiters, talent partners, and HR business partners are aligned with ADP’s goals of having African Americans and other minorities represented at all levels of leadership. This strategy includes special efforts related to oversight, metrics, recruiting, and accountability.

The company measures the success of D&I initiatives against five key performance indicators, including leadership roles held by women and minorities as well as female and minority populations at all professional levels.