WellPoint Moves up to No. 34 on the 2012 DiversityInc Top
50 Companies for Diversity(R) ListCompany Also
Places Sixth in The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Supplier
INDIANAPOLIS, Apr 27, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) --WellPoint, Inc.
(NYSE: WLP) has moved up to number 34 on The 2012
DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity(R)list released
this week. The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity is
the leading assessment of strategic diversity management
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
"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
"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
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 Responsibility Report.
SOURCE: WellPoint, Inc.
Rebecca Green, 404-682-9371