Diversity Awards 2016

By Kim StephensIMG_0151

IBM is proud of our long history of diversity and inclusion — from hiring our first women and black employees in 1899 to our recent focus on expanded parental leave and breast milk delivery service for traveling mothers. But we also understand that we can never rest on our past laurels, and that we must continue to press forward with our leadership in diversity. That’s why we are pleased to be recognized for our accomplishments in this area each year. We realize that for our company to be competitive, innovative and a great place to work, we must continue to maintain IBM as a welcoming and inclusive environment.

2016 recognition.


  • IBM scores 100% on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index (measuring LGBT inclusiveness) for the 13thconsecutive year in 2016.http://www.hrc.org/campaigns/corporate-equality-index
  • IBM received an award at the United Nations, as they celebrated 10th Anniversary of the UN convention on the Rights of People of Disabilities (UNCRPD).


  • LATINA Style Magazine has selected IBM as one of the 50 best companies for Latinas to work.
  • IBM has received anInstitutional Achievement as a Hero of Accessibility from Knowbility.org at the 2016 CSUN Conference (In 2015, IBM took the additional step to license their own accessibility educational and management resources to external companies. Normally, companies keep this valuable information internal but IBM chose to license what they teach their own employees about accessibility to others.)
  • IBM is the only major IT company invited to present one of our CSC / Diversity collaboration project (February 10 – 12) UNITED NATIONS – Zero project http://zeroproject.org/
  • IBM received Gold Medal-level Military Friendly Emplyer Award for 2017.
  • Working Mother Magazine Top 10 for 31 years in a row.
  • Black Enterprise’s Top Companies
  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Technical Excellence Award.


Latin America

  • United Nations Women AwardIBM Brazil was just recognized with the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Award. The award recognizes companies that implement affirmative actions to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace.


  • Hong Kong Breastfeeding Mothers Association.http://www.breastfeeding.org.hk/
  • Asia LGBT Milestone Award (ALMA) 2016: IBM won the winner of the 2016 Asia LGBT Milestone Award in the Top 10 Best Corporate Employers in Diversity and Inclusion.
  • IBM Malaysia in ASEAN was recognized as a Top Employer for Work/Life Practices.
  • Inaugural winner of the Top 10 Employers for Women in India.
  • Nipman Foundation Equal Opportunity Award 2016

Kim Stephens is IBM Global Diversity & Inclusion Communication and Education Lead

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