The NDC Index is a measurement of organizational commitment to diversity and inclusion among companies in the U.S. The index rates companies on CEO engagement as well as corporate initiatives, policies, and programs in support of inclusion.

The NDC Index recognizes companies with a score of 90 or above as the Best Companies for Diversity in the U.S.

It focuses on five major assessment areas:

  • CEO Engagement
  • Policies, Benefits, and Initiatives
  • Supplier Diversity
  • Community Outreach
  • Corporate Social Responsibility

To provide comprehensive benchmarking services, companies submit a workforce profile section. This section is not used in the assessment to rate companies on D&I initiatives.


Participation Criteria

The NDC Index is designed for:

  • Any U.S. company, publicly or privately held, with a minimum of 500 employees.
  • Any Fortune 1000 and multinational companies with subsidiaries in the U.S.

There are no fees are associated with participation in the NDC Index. 



To participate in the NDC Index, you must first register. Once the submission period opens, our NDC staff will send you via e-mail a unique link to access the survey form.

Returning participants may continue to use their unique survey link. However, they must still register in order to have their unique survey link re-activated. After registering and once the submission period opens, returning participants will be able to make changes to a previous submissions and submit their responses for the current NDC Index.



Each company that participates in the NDC Index will be rated on an overall scale of 0 to 100.

The key diversity and inclusion areas scored are: (1) CEO Engagement, (2) Policies, Benefits, and Initiatives, (3) Supplier Diversity, (4) Community Outreach, and (5) Corporate Social Responsibility.

Participating companies will receive a free report, which includes a scorecard and an analytical section detailing the performance breakdown according to the six diversity and inclusion areas of the NDC Index.

Only submitted survey responses are scored. Incomplete survey responses are not scored or recorded.


Score Publications

The NDC Index strives to encourage companies to participate in benchmarking their diversity and inclusion strategy. For this reason, the NDC Index will publish 2021 scores in the following way:

  • All participating companies that receive a score of 70 and above will have their name and scores published as part of our NDC Index online and in-print reporting.
  • All participating companies will have their name and logo on our website, www.ndcindex.org, and affiliated National Diversity Council websites. They will also be listed in our NDC Index press release on their participating year.

Starting in 2022, all first-time participants of the NDC Index will have their scores published if they receive an overall score of 70 and above. All returning participants will have their overall scores published.


About the National Diversity Council

The index is introduced by the National Diversity Council. The mission of the National Diversity Council (NDC) is to be both a resource and an advocate for the value of diversity and inclusion. The NDC serves as the umbrella organization to support statewide and regional affiliates, which foster an understanding of diversity and inclusion as a dynamic strategy for business success and community well-being.