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NDC Index

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Survey deadline is March 1st.

What we do

We Elevate Inclusion

The NDC Index is a measurement of organizational commitment to diversity and inclusion among companies in the U.S. Through an annual survey, the Index rates company performance on CEO engagement and corporate initiatives, policies, and programs. The NDC Index recognizes companies with a score of 90 or higher as the Best Companies for Diversity in the U.S.

How it works

We Provide a Benchmark

We open the survey form for the NDC Index every fall. Registration is ongoing. If you meet the criteria for participation, the NDC Index team will email your company’s representative a unique survey link. Participating companies receive a complimentary NDC Index report to benchmark their D&I progress

Cost

The NDC Index is provided completely free of charge. This means that there is no cost for registering and participating in the NDC Index. All participating companies receive a complimentary NDC Index report to benchmark their annual D&I progress.

Criteria for Participation

The NDC Index is available to companies that have a corporate managerial structure. It is limited to companies that have more than 500 U.S. employees. These include:

  • publicly or privately held U.S. companies
  • Fortune 1000 companies
  • multinational companies with subsidiaries in the U.S.

 

Timeline

The NDC Index follows the same schedule each year:

  • Survey form opens October 1st
  • Survey links are sent out within one week of registration between October 1st – February 1st
  • Submissions are due March 1st
  • Complimentary reports are emailed by June 1st

Registration is ongoing. Companies that register after February 1st will be included in the following year’s NDC Index.

What we measure

The NDC Index uses five assessment areas to rate your performance on diversity inclusion. 

CEO Engagement: the extent to which your Chief Executive Officer is a champion of diversity and inclusion and your D&I efforts are integrated across your organization. 

Policies, Benefits, and Initiatives: the practices and strategies in support of diversity and inclusion across your organization.

Supplier Diversity: the extent to which your company is using its supplier diversity program to its full potential to meet D&I goals.

Corporate Outreach: the extent to which your company utilizes the full potential of employees, consumers, and experts as resources to meet D&I goals.

Corporate Social Responsibility: the extent to which your company provides for the social and economic wellbeing of the diverse community it serves.

How Results are published

The NDC Index publishes all participating companies’ names, logos, and scores on the NDC Index website, online and in-print reporting, and on National Diversity Council affiliated websites,  www.nationaldiversitycouncil.org, www.ndcnews.org, and on NDC state websites. 

New for 2022: The NDC Index also lists company names for having best practices measured by the index. We may, for example, publish a list of all companies that have implemented specific best practices, such as Employee Resource Groups. Only best practices that are scored in the NDC Index will be used for publication.

First-time participants are exempt from the publication of their scores if they receive an overall score that is less than 70.

Companies that receive a score of 90 or higher will be honored in the NDC Index Best U.S. Companies for Diversity list.

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How to Participate

Make a Change

After you register, you will receive your unique survey link to access the survey form. You may use the same survey link every year to make changes to your submission. This will cut down the time and effort to participate each year while allowing you to continue to benchmark your D&I efforts.  

1) Register

Registration is ongoing. Company representatives can register for the NDC Index via the registration button on this website. Within a week, our NDC Index team will send companies their unique-survey link to access the survey form. Links are only sent out between October 1st – February 1st. Any registration received after February 1st will be included in the following year’s Index. Only one registration per company will be accepted.

2) Complete the survey

Each year starting October 1st, company representatives can begin completing the survey form. Our NDC Index team is available to answer any questions and troubleshoot any issues. Our team is available at [email protected]

3) Submit

The deadline for submissions is March 1st of every year. Upon submitting, company representatives receive a link to download a copy of their responses, which includes their company’s preliminary score. All submissions are considered final. The NDC Index team strongly suggests all representatives double-check their responses for accuracy before submitting them.

4) Receive the NDC Index Report

Our NDC Index team analyzes company responses in relation to diversity best practices and produces reports that include accessible infographics. Companies should expect to receive their complimentary NDC Index Report by June 1st.

Confidentiality

The National Diversity Council (NDC) adheres to strict confidentiality guidelines regarding the information provided by your company. The contact information requested is used only internally and for research purposes. We will not publish, give, sell or transfer employee contact information submitted by your company. The NDC guarantees the confidentiality of demographic data submitted by your company. We do not disclose specific demographic data submitted in the Workforce Profile section unless the data are, at the time of submission, in the public domain or unless we have your company’s written consent. The NDC considers all information submitted by your company as accurate for rating purposes.

 

Data storage

All data your company provides will be stored on KeySurvey’s platform at www.keysurvey.com. Data is exported in aggregate form to analyze through Microsoft PowerBi, which has world-leading security features. NDC Index team members that have access to this data are obligated to sign an NDA. For the purposes of export and importing only, data is stored locally behind multiple security measures, including password protection and remote erase protection. Data stored on KeySurvey is hosted behind multiple firewalls on 100% KeySurvey owned and operated servers located in Massachusetts, USA. KeySurvey does not enlist the services of any 3rd-party cloud solutions and does not outsource any support for their production infrastructure. In order to troubleshoot technical issues, NDC may grant KeySurvey staff permission to access our account for a limited amount of time.