Volkswagen Group of America is Named to DiversityInc’s 2015 List of “Top 25 Noteworthy Companies for Diversity”

Accolade recognizes VWGoA’s long-standing commitment to creating a workplace culture that champions diversity and inclusion
Apr 28, 2015 2:15 PM ET
Volkswagen Group of America's Machelle Williams, Mike Beamish and Lisa Brown.

April 28, 2015 /3BL Media/ - Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWGoA) is pleased to announce it has earned a coveted spot on DiversityInc’s 2015 list of “Top 25 Noteworthy Companies for Diversity.” Organizations were rated on four equally-weighted areas of measurement: Talent Pipeline, Equitable Talent Development, CEO/Leadership Commitment, and Supplier Diversity. More than 1,000 companies competed for the award, which was presented at DiversityInc’s annual “Top 50” event in New York on April 23. 

“Volkswagen Group of America is incredibly proud to earn recognition by DiversityInc as a leading company for diversity and inclusion,” said Machelle Williams, General Manager, Diversity & Corporate Social Responsibility, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “This accolade speaks to our dedication in cultivating a work environment, where all employees are afforded equity of opportunity and resources to maximize their talents and reach their full potential.”

“With more than 1,000 companies participating, the competition for a spot on the DiversityInc Top 50 and Specialty Lists was up over 30 percent this year,” said Luke Visconti, Founder and CEO, DiversityInc. “Companies are recognizing the importance of diversity for corporate reputation—which directly affects millennial-generation recruiting and retention.”

VWGoA has established a number of initiatives to create a diverse and inclusive workplace, including the recent inclusion of six employee resource groups, and senior management participation in its Executive Mentoring Program. Furthermore, VWGoA designates 33 percent of its corporate giving to organizations that benefit underserved communities.

Eligibility to enter the DiversityInc’s award is open to all companies with more than 1,000 U.S.-based employees. Each company’s rank is derived from objective analysis of 183 separate factors, based on data from a 300-question survey. There is no cost to compete.

For a look at all of DiversityInc’s 2015 rankings, visit or follow the conversation online with the hashtag #DITop50.