Boeing earns high marks on Top 50 Companies for Diversity list

Boeing’s commitment to diversity and inclusion was recognized on a short list out of more than 1,000 companies evaluated.

Boeing recently earned its top rank ever on an influential annual list of the most equitable, diverse and inclusive companies in the U.S.

Out of 1,000 companies surveyed, Boeing ranked 27th on DiversityInc.’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity list — boosting the company’s placement five spots higher than last year and 22 spots higher than 2018, when Boeing first cracked the Top 50 list, the publication announced Wednesday.

Boeing also achieved a first-time ranking in the Top Companies for Employee Resource Groups (No. 9) and Top Companies for Philanthropy (No. 29) lists, and earned the No. 6 spot on the list for Top Companies for Veterans. U.S. corporations were evaluated for their diversity metrics, leadership accountability, programs, practices, supplier diversity and philanthropy.

“Each team member brings something uniquely valuable to Boeing, and we’re putting that diversity to work, creating opportunity for everyone to contribute as we work together to deliver for our customers and all those who use our products and services,” said Dave Calhoun, president and chief executive officer.

This past year, Boeing invested in creating a more equitable, diverse and inclusive culture to empower every teammate to bring their best to work every day:

  • Boeing released new inclusion training resources to help all team members and leaders learn foundational, self-guided training in inclusive practices, behaviors and leadership. 
  • All vice presidents were asked to prioritize diversity and inclusion in 2019. Among their actions, vice presidents participated in and hosted VP Inclusion sessions, now open to all employees, to host honest conversations about what makes teammates feel included and excluded.
  • Boeing helped inspire an estimated one million young women and girls in STEM, and invested in a ground-breaking Return Flight program to offer STEM professionals a path back into the workforce after a career break. 
  • The company unveiled a new governance model for its nine employee-led Business Resource Groups to distribute local programs globally and enhance support for enterprise-wide goals.
  • In May, Boeing joined The Valuable 500, a global campaign that strives to place disability at the top of business agendas. 
  • Employees who contact the Employee Assistance Program can now request a counselor who shares their race or identity; while a match can’t always be guaranteed, Boeing strives to provide a network of counselors from diverse backgrounds.
  • Boeing continued to invest in its partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the largest organization exclusively representing black colleges and universities in the U.S., most recently donating $6 million and welcoming more than 100 students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities into its intern program. Boeing was also recently recognized as the #2 Top Supporter of HBCUs by US Black Engineer Magazine.
  • Boeing continues to establish universal equity practices to create enduring change and a more equitable, diverse and inclusive environment.

While Boeing made progress this past year, there is still much work ahead. The company is committed to inclusion for all Boeing employees, and continues to work toward its 2025 equity, diversity and inclusion aspirations, including top-quartile employee engagement and inclusion, full representation of women and people of color at availability in the U.S. and top-quartile for gender globally, increasing the international workforce, and increasing opportunities for small and medium diverse suppliers around the world who perform work for Boeing.

“Now more than ever we need to empower our people to be their best — and inclusion is the key to doing that,” said Sara Bowen, vice president, Global Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. “For our long-term success we must have diverse teams — diversity brings rigor to decisions, combats group think, and challenges us to think bigger and more broadly. When all Boeing employees seize the opportunity and responsibility to champion equity, diversity and inclusion, we will be unstoppable.”

By Rosemary Lane