NDC Index

When companies know industry norms, they can develop effective diversity and inclusion strategies.


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 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

To participate in the NDC Index, you must first register, and our NDC staff will send you via e-mail a web-based questionnaire. 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.



Companies that participate in the NDC Index will individually be rated on a scale of 0 to 100.

The key diversity and inclusion areas scored are: CEO Engagement; Policies, Benefits, and Initiatives; Supplier Diversity; Community Outreach; Corporate Social Responsibility.

Each company will receive a free scorecard detailing the overall assessment results, and the performance breakdown according to the six diversity and inclusion areas of the NDC Index.

The National Diversity Council will communicate the findings to all survey participants.


2020 NDC Index Exemption

All companies submitting to the 2020 NDC Index will be honored as participants on our NDC Index and National Diversity Council website. Starting in 2021, all participating companies will have their scores published as part of our NDC Index online and in-print reporting.



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.