Duke Named a ‘Best Employer for Diversity’ in 2020

University is ranked 8 out of 500 on the 2020 list by Forbes

Duke Named a ‘Best Employer for Diversity’ by Forbes in 2020

Forbes has named Duke University one of the “Best Employers for Diversity” in 2020, the second consecutive year.  

Duke placed 8 out of 500 companies in the annual ranking, which Forbes released on Tuesday. Duke ranked first for companies headquartered in North Carolina and in the education industry. 

Forbes worked with online statistic partner Statista to conduct an independent survey of more than 60,000 U.S. employees working for companies employing more than 1,000 people in the United States. 

“We are always appreciative of external recognition such as this most recent one from Forbes,” said Kyle Cavanaugh, Duke’s vice president for administration. “The honor helps to reinforce the work of our faculty and staff in continuing to build an inclusive and engaging culture.”

Employees who took the survey gave their opinion on a series of statements surrounding topics of age, gender equality, ethnicity, disability, LGBTQ+ and general diversity concerning their employer. Diversity among top executives, evaluations from employees at other companies, positions responsible for diversity and communication of diverse company culture were also taken into consideration.  

The survey was conducted on companies from all industry sectors (government services excluded). Forbes awarded the 500 companies receiving the highest total scores as “Best Employers for Diversity 2020.”

Forbes recognized Duke in 2019 as a “Best Employer” and “Best Employer for Diversity.” Duke has also earned praise from organizations such as the Chronicle of Higher Education, AARP, NC Nurses Association, DiversityInc and Carolina Parent.

For a look at Forbes’ list, see here