WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) has moved up to number 34 on The 2012
DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity® list
released this week. The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity is
the leading assessment of strategic diversity management leadership.
The company also received a special award for placing sixth in The
DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Supplier Diversity. WellPoint has been
a leader in diversity for a number of years, and during that time, the
company's supplier diversity efforts have grown.
"Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is an extension of our
mission: To improve the lives of the people we serve and the health of
our communities," affirmed Angela Braly, chair, president and CEO of
WellPoint. "The diverse backgrounds and perspectives of our associates
help us understand and meet the needs of consumers, doctors and
hospitals, and our communities."
"A long-time diversity leader with strong support at the top, WellPoint
has made major efforts to reach out to its increasingly multicultural
marketplace," said Luke Visconti, CEO of DiversityInc. "The company's
resource groups and talent-development initiatives have shown marked
improvement. Chair, President and CEO Angela Braly holds her executives
accountable for diversity results, and Chief Diversity Officer Linda
Jimenez is a visible and forceful internal and external spokesperson for
the benefits of diversity."
"For WellPoint, diversity and inclusion truly give us a competitive
advantage, helping us drive superior health care value," asserted Linda
Jimenez, chief diversity office and vice president, diversity and
inclusion. "We know that talent shines brightest in a collaborative
environment. Our inclusive culture encourages associates to bring ideas
and passion to their job and work together to develop culturally
competent products and services that resonate with our members."
"WellPoint's commitment to work with a wide range of diverse suppliers
is a major focal point of our diversity strategy," said Brenda Burke,
director of supplier diversity for WellPoint. The company is a founding
partner of the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) Supplier Diversity
Program, which supports vendors with disabilities. And, last year,
WellPoint was inducted into the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Million Dollar Club and had a representative elected to the National
Minority Supplier Development Council board of directors.
To qualify for The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity,
participating companies must have more than 1,000 employees and must
fill out a detailed questionnaire based completely on empirical
questions on CEO commitment, human capital, internal and external
communications, and supplier diversity. A total of 587 companies
participated this year, up 11 percent from last year.
To see the full ranking of The 2011 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for
Diversity as well as more information on the methodology, visit www.DiversityInc.com/top50.
About WellPoint, Inc.
At WellPoint, we believe there is an important connection between our
members' health and well-being--and the value we bring our customers and
shareholders. So each day we work to improve the health of our members
and their communities. And, we can make a real difference since we have
nearly 34 million people in our branded health plans, and more than 62
million people served through our subsidiaries. As an independent
licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, WellPoint serves
members as the Blue Cross licensee for California; the Blue Cross and
Blue Shield licensee for Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana,
Kentucky, Maine, Missouri (excluding 30 counties in the Kansas City
area), Nevada, New Hampshire, New York (as the Blue Cross Blue Shield
licensee in 10 New York City metropolitan and surrounding counties and
as the Blue Cross or Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee in selected upstate
counties only), Ohio, Virginia (excluding the Northern Virginia suburbs
of Washington, D.C.), and Wisconsin. In a majority of these service
areas, WellPoint's plans do business as Anthem Blue Cross, Anthem Blue
Cross and Blue Shield, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia and Empire
Blue Cross Blue Shield, or Empire Blue Cross (in the New York service
areas). WellPoint also serves customers throughout the country as
UniCare and in certain California, Arizona and Nevada markets through
our CareMore subsidiary. Additional information about WellPoint is
available at www.wellpoint.com.
For more information about WellPoint's diversity and corporate
responsibility efforts, see the company's Corporate