Aetna Named to Diversity Best Practices “Inclusion Index,” Recognized for Transparency and Best Practices

NEW YORK, NY — Diversity Best Practices (DBP), a division of Working Mother Media, today unveiled its first “Inclusion Index,” providing data and insight into how the participating companies fared in three areas: demographic transparency; best diversity and inclusion practices in recruitment, retention and advancement; and company culture. Aetna was among the 33 companies that earned a score of over 70% and earned a place on the list.

The Inclusion Index asked companies to provide data in three areas:

  • Demographic transparency, as indicated by sharing specific data on the representation of women and people of color in their workforce.
  • Adherence to best practices for fostering diversity and inclusion in recruitment, retention and advancement.
  • Best practices in promoting a company culture that values diversity and inclusion.

Deborah Munster, executive director, Diversity Best Practices, says “The DBP Inclusion Index recognized firms that were transparent in sharing their workforce demographics, and that have best-in-class diversity and inclusion policies, procedures and programs in place to ensure a positive, inclusive environment for all employees. We applaud the Inclusion Index companies for sharing their data and for utilizing D&I best practices to achieve an inclusive company culture.”

Subha Barry, senior vice president & managing director, Working Mother Media, says, “The DBP Inclusion Index was created to evaluate workplace diversity and inclusion best practices and covers all dimensions of diversity. The war for talent is only going to escalate.  Organizations that differentiate themselves and continually look for ways in which to diversify

their workforce and create inclusive environments will be in a far better position to compete in the global marketplace.”

Highlights of the 2017 Diversity Best Practices “Inclusion Index” are:

  • A total of 100% of the Inclusion Index Companies offer education on implicit bias, while 85% educate on generational diversity, 82% on sexual orientation and 70% on gender and racial/ethnic differences in communication and leadership styles.
  • What diversity-related benefits did the Inclusion Index Companies offer? 97% offered family health benefits including domestic partners and children, 94% offer accommodations for people with disabilities, 91% offer transgender-inclusive benefits and 82% offer religious accommodations.
  • How do CEOs demonstrate their commitment to D&I? Eighty-eight percent of the companies require a diversity executive to report on metrics, 85% meet regularly with a diversity executive to review goals, and 79% embed D&I into the business growth strategy.

Fifty-one organizations completed the application, and the 33 of those listed as members of the 2017 DBP Inclusion Index achieved at least 70% of the available points. Seven companies were recognized as Leading Inclusion Index companies for achieving 85% or more of available points.  Completed applications were collected online from April 3 to June 10, 2017.

About Aetna

Aetna is one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving an estimated 44.7 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services, workers’ compensation administrative services and health information technology products and services. Aetna’s customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, see

About Diversity Best Practices

Diversity Best Practices, a division of Working Mother Media, is the preeminent organization for mid- to large-size organization diversity thought leaders to share best practices and develop innovative solutions for culture change. Through research, resources, benchmarking, publications and events, Diversity Best Practices offers organizational members information and strategies on how to implements, grown, measure and create first-in-class diversity programs.