January 16, 2020

One of the best workplaces for diversity

Fortune has named Kaiser Permanente to its 100 Best Workplaces for Diversity list.

Kaiser Permanente’s mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care and to improve the health of our members and communities is dependent on the excellence and efforts of all our people. This includes our diverse care teams, who focus on patients’ total health and deliver services according to their cultural and linguistic needs, and our continuous efforts toward creating an inclusive work environment that brings out the best in everyone. Our leadership in equity, inclusion, and diversity was recognized recently when we were ranked number 20 on Fortune’s 100 Best Workplaces for Diversity list, significantly higher than any other health care organization.

This annual list, which focuses on the experiences of women, people of color, LGBTQ workers, early career employees, and people who have disabilities, is based on surveys of more than 4.8 million U.S. employees reporting about the trust, pride, and camaraderie they experience in the workplace.

According to the survey, 88% of Kaiser Permanente employees are proud to tell others they work for Kaiser Permanente and 91% feel good about the ways Kaiser Permanente contributes to the community.

Advancing diversity throughout the organization

Our commitment to ethnic, racial, and cultural diversity is reflected at all levels of our organization. Nearly 66% of our total workforce are members of racial, ethnic, or cultural minorities, and nearly 75% are women. In addition, our boards are 38% women and 46% people of color, and 42% of the leaders of our medical groups are women.

Supporting inclusion and engagement across the enterprise

At Kaiser Permanente, we recognize the strategic importance of an inclusive and equitable organizational culture and its role in our overall success. This includes programs and initiatives dedicated to:

  • Attracting, retaining, and equitably advancing women
  • Recruiting and supporting potential and current employees from underrepresented groups
  • Leadership development for managers from under-represented groups
  • Creating talent strategies for veterans and individuals with disabilities
  • Improving inclusion across the organization

Another way we foster an inclusive culture is through our business resource groups, or BRGs, which include groups centered around women, sexual orientation/gender identity, veteran status, disability status, ethnicity, generation/age, and more.

“Having a sense of community and feeling supported, valued, and seen is vital to attracting and retaining employees from historically underrepresented groups,” said Adriane Nolan, national co-chair of Kaiser Permanente’s African American Professional Association. “The personal and professional development opportunities KPAAPA provides like mentoring, networking, career development trainings, volunteerism, and scholarships help to make our work environment at Kaiser Permanente more equitable and inclusive.”

Kaiser Permanente Latinx Association Northern California co-chair Michelle Linares agrees. “BRGs like KPLA play a critical role in Kaiser Permanente’s efforts to attract, inspire, and empower our Latinx employees and allies to achieve their full potential at all levels in the organization. Our programs and contributions to the professional well-being of our KPLA members demonstrate our commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity and are a big part of what makes Kaiser Permanente a great place to work.”

KPLA has been recognized by LATINA Style for the past 2 years as a Top 20 Employee Resource Group of the Year.

Growing list of best-place-to-work accolades

This recognition from Fortune is the latest of many recent accolades recognizing Kaiser Permanente’s ongoing commitment and leadership in workforce equity, inclusion, and diversity, including:

A full list of Kaiser Permanente’s workforce and care delivery accolades is available on the Awards and Accolades section of our website.