2016 Best Companies for Diversity: Prudential
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

CEO: John Strangfeld


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

Here we’d like to highlight Prudential Financial, the life insurance, retirement, and investment services firm based in New Jersey, and what it’s doing to push forward and nurture diversity and inclusion.

At Prudential, diversity and inclusion are not standalone programs that come and go based on changing economies. Prudential has been able to stay the course in driving diversity and inclusion as it is embedded into all of its businesses and human resource policies.

Examples of the company’s work to advance ethnic minority causes are its support of My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative launched by the White House, to ensure boys and young men of color have the opportunity to reach their full potential, and the “Titans of Industry” tour to promote African American professional success and generational wealth. Recently, Prudential published The African American Financial Experience, developed with the involvement of members of the company’s first-established Business Resource Group: the Black Leadership Forum Symposium.

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Lisa Fraser

Lisa Fraser is the Content Researcher at Black Enterprise, leading the research for special editorial lists across print and digital platforms. She is passionate about people, personal growth, travel, cultures, and wellness. Her work has also appeared in amNewYork, The Root, and Newsday.

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