10 from N.J. make list of Best Companies for Multicultural Women

Ten companies based in New Jersey or with their U.S. headquarters here made this year’s list of the Best Companies for Multicultural Women, according to list creator Seramount, the former Working Mother Media.

The 10 are:

  • ADP (Roseland);
  • BASF (Florham Park);
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Newark);
  • Johnson & Johnson (New Brunswick);
  • Merck (Kenilworth);
  • Prudential Financial (Newark);
  • Public Service Enterprise Group (Newark);
  • Sanofi (Bridgewater);
  • Unilever (Englewood Cliffs);
  • Zoetis (Parsippany).

Several other companies that have a major New Jersey presence made the list, as well, including Bank of America, EY, MetLife, PNC and Verizon, among others.

ADP celebrated its seventh year of recognition.

“We are honored to once again be recognized for creating an environment where all associates can thrive,” Bob Lockett, chief diversity and talent officer for the human resources and payroll company, said in a prepared statement. “We believe in the power of a competitive, inclusive and diverse workforce, and take pride in the fact that our tens of thousands of ADP associates reflect the cultural diversity of the markets we serve.

“We’ve seen the pandemic inequitably impact women and other underrepresented groups, but we’re committed to providing all of our associates with the individual support they need to achieve their greatest potential.”

Seramount said companies were chosen based on a 250-question application with questions on representation; hiring, attrition and promotion rates; recruitment, retention and advancement programs; and company culture. The applicants were then rated based on a scoring algorithm against the previous year’s benchmark results.

Seramount said participation was up 19% year-over-year in 2021, and up 358% over the past five years.

“The increased participation in this initiative confirms that the importance of retaining and advancing multicultural women is not lost on Corporate America,” Seramount CEO Subha V. Barry said in a statement. “By offering programs and implementing policies instrumental to their success, whether it’s sponsorship and mentoring programs or tying managers’ compensation to diversity goals, our Best Companies for Multicultural Women continue to demonstrate their commitment to this critical talent pool.”

Overall, 95 companies were chosen for the 2021 list. For the complete results, click here.