Comcast, Cox Among Diversity Inc.'s Top 50

Comcast and Cox made the 2015 Diversity Inc. list of top 50 companies measured by four key diversity metrics: talent, development, leadership commitment and supplier diversity. AT&T, which is still trying to get its DirecTV deal through the regulatory gauntlet, came away with a handful of top performances.

Cox took 17th place on that annual list (now in its 16th year), while Comcast/NBCU was in the 30th spot. For Cox, that was an improvement of one spot (it was 18th in last year's top 50), while Comcast made a big move, up from 44 last year.

Other communications companies on the list included AT&T (7), Disney (34),Time Warner (41), Nielsen (42) and Verizon just  made it at 50.

There were also a series of breakout "top" lists and communications companies made some of those. AT&T dominated on the communications side, which was number one in supplier diversity, number two for people with disabilities and LGBT employees, number six in best companies for veterans, number seven for people with disabilities, and number eight in mentoring.

Comcast was number 10 on the list of best companies for people with disabilities, and NBCU got a separate break-out as number 11 on that list.

Cox was number nine on the list of companies with effective best practices for diversity councils.

Time Warner was number three for LGBT employees.

The companies are chosen based on entries from those companies, but there is not charge for participation (Diversity Inc. says it is not a "pay for play" list for clients).

Diversity Inc. is a diversity consulting and event company. This is its 16th year of giving out the accolades.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.