NAMIC Names Top Companies for People of Color

NAMIC said after analyzing the 2017 NAMIC/WICT Cable Telecommunications Industry Workforce Diversity Survey it had determined the 2017 top companies in the industry for people of color. The Walter Kaitz Foundation funded the survey, by Mercer. Twenty-four organizations completed the survey, representing about 67.5% of the cable telecommunications industry workforce, NAMIC said. 

The survey captured organizational workforce demographics, diversity practices, non-traditional employee benefits, and other indicators of commitment to diversity and inclusion, NAMIC said. The survey also gathered information that enabled the creation of industry-wide Internal Labor Market (ILM) maps showing workforce dynamics – hires, promotions and retention – of people of color in the industry. These data were then used to generate projections of which strategies over the next five years potentially may have significant impact on the career trajectories of the targeted groups, per a NAMIC press release.

Alphabetically (not in ranking order) the companies cited by NAMIC as best in class are:

--Charter Communications, Comcast Corp., Cox Communications, Mediacom Communications and Midco Communications from the operator ranks.

--A+E Television Networks, Discovery Communications, Disney | ABC Television Group, NBCUniversal and Univision Communications among programmers.

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“NAMIC congratulates each honoree designated as a Top Company for People of Color,” NAMIC president and CEO Eglon E. Simons said in the release. “The successful diversity and inclusion efforts of this group of operators and programmers help to strengthen at its core an industry in a state of constant change and reinvention.  At every organizational level, from call centers to creative teams to Board rooms, these Top Companies for People of Color grasp just how necessary a rich diversity of cultural perspectives is for harnessing innovation and for thriving amidst disruption.”

"Launched in 1999 as 'A Look Toward Advancement: Multi-ethnic Employment in the Communications Industry,' NAMIC’s initial employment survey offered a baseline of statistics and perceptions about the state of multi-ethnic diversity in the cable communications industry," NAMIC said. "Renamed 'The NAMIC AIM' (Advancement Investment Measurement) in 2011, the report continues to provide rich data utilized by companies to support goals for building and sustaining a robust pipeline of multi-ethnic talent."