What is the deadline for submitting the answers to the 2021 NDC Index?
The deadline for submissions to the 2021 NDC Index is March 1, 2021 11:59pm PST.
When will I receive my unique survey link?
If you meet the criteria to participate in the NDC Index, please allow up to one week to receive your unique survey link after you register. If it has been more than a week, please check your spam folder. For additional support with receiving your link, please contact our Managing Director, Lucy C. Arciniega at [email protected].
What is included in the NDC Index Report?
The NDC Index Report includes a scorecard, outlining each question that was scored, the total points received per question, per assessment area, and overall. In each assessment area, the participating company’s results are compared with the “best score” received by a participating company. The “best score” is provided anonymously, but we provide a company size and diversity team range to give participating companies a benchmark reference. We do not group scores according to company size as this is not a reliable benchmark indicator. For example, we have found that small companies sometimes outperform large companies. As we continue to analyze more data points, we will provide additional benchmark indicators. Company data is not shared with participating companies other than in anonymized aggregate benchmark reports, which are available for a consulting service fee.
How is the NDC Index different from other diversity assessments?
The NDC Index is the only one of its kind. Unlike other indices and diversity assessments, the NDC Index measures the organizational inclusion of race, gender, ethnicities, sexual orientation, and millennials, across local, regional, and national companies.
What areas of the NDC Index are scored?
While we provide you with a comprehensive assessment of your diversity and inclusion process, we only score specific questions under the following categories: (1) CEO Engagement, (2) Policies, Benefits, and Initiatives, (3) Supplier Diversity, (4) Community Outreach, and (5) Corporate Social Responsibility. We score questions that align with nationally recognized diversity best practices. All free reports display in detail what areas and questions of the NDC Index are scored.
How will the final scores be published?
In order to help companies move the needle in terms of their commitment and action to diversity and inclusion, we will report the 2021 NDC Index results in the following way:
- Companies with a score of 90 or above will be honored as the NDC Index Best U.S. Companies for Diversity as part of our NDC Index online and in-print reporting.
- 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.
What are the criteria to participate in the NDC Index?
To participate in the NDC Index, your company can be publicly or privately held, but must have a minimum of 500 employees. Fortune 1000 and multinational companies may participate, but they must have subsidiaries in the U.S.
Is there a cost associated with participating in the NDC Index?
There is no cost associated with participating in the NDC Index. There is also no cost associated with receiving the free report, which includes your company scorecard with the overall results and the analytical sections that assesses your company’s performance in each of the key areas measured by the NDC Index.
When will the results be announced?
2021 NDC Index results are scheduled to be announced at the beginning of 2Q 2021. Companies can expect to receive their free report by end of 2Q 2021.
Who should fill out the NDC Index?
Any organization (for profit, non-profit, governmental, etc.) with an employee population of at least 500 can participate. One person within the organization should be responsible for all data submitted. We suggest that this person should be someone who has access to employee data, and be familiar with diversity practices conducted at the organization over the last year.
Who within the organization do you recommend complete the survey?
In order to avoid confusion or duplication of your responses, we recommend only one person be in charge of completing the survey. Preferably, this would be a representative from your human resources department or a diversity officer, if available.
What is the time commitment to complete the survey?
If you have all the data when you begin the survey, the survey should take approximately three hours to complete. Most respondents, however, complete the NDC Index in multiple sessions. If you click “save” before exiting the survey, you will be able to return as many times as you need to complete your responses before the deadline.
What if I have problems filling out the NDC Index?
Simply stop what you are doing and contact us. The survey allows for re-entry and the ability to stop and re-engage as many times as desired. Final submission only occurs when the participant is ready. Incomplete submissions are not scored.
I have submitted my responses, but I need to make changes. How can I do this?
You may make changes to your submission any time before the deadline by accessing your survey form through the original link you received. Please make sure to double-check your responses as we do not accept any changes after the deadline has passed.
How is my data protected? What is the confidentiality agreement?
The National Diversity Council (NDC) adheres to strict confidentiality guidelines regarding the information provided by your company. Here are our guidelines and procedures for protecting your data.
Confidentiality Agreement: We agree to never publish, give, sell or transfer any company data. Access to company data is limited to NDC Index staff. NDC Index staff members are required to sign Non-Disclosure Agreement. The contact information requested is used only internally and for survey management purposes. 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. Identifiable information that may be disclosed in online and in-print reporting is limited to your company’s overall NDC Index score. Non-identifiable data connected to the survey results may be used in aggregate analysis reports.
Data storage: All data provided by your company are stored on an Internet-based platform owned and operated by a global technology company and hosted behind multiple firewalls. This company does not enlist the services of any 3rd-party cloud solutions and does not outsource any support for its infrastructure.
Do I need to have specific operating software to fill out the survey?
The NDC Index is operated through a web-platform, making it accessible online. It does not require specific operating software.
How do you confirm the validity or legitimacy of the survey answers you receive?
Scores are determined based on the information organizations provide in response to the NDC Index questions. The NDC assumes no liability for the information provided and does not warrant the accuracy thereof.
Do we need to be a partner with the National Diversity Council to make the NDC Index Best U.S. Companies for Diversity list?
You do not need to be a partner or donate to the National Diversity Council to make the NDC Index Best U.S. Companies for Diversity list. In order to make the list, you must receive a score of 90 or above on the NDC Index. Scores are empirically and objectively determined based on the information companies provide in response to the NDC Index questions. The NDC Index is also administered and run through WorldApp, a world-class reputable and reliable online data-collection platform.
I received a score of 90 (or more) on the NDC Index, what now?
Congratulations! Your company will be featured in our NDC Index Best U.S. Companies for Diversity. You will also receive a copy with high-quality logo to publish on your website, because we want others to recognize your brand as a champion of diversity!
Are the results confidential if our company received a low score?
For the 2021 NDC Index, we will only publish the scores of companies that obtain a score of 70 and above. We will also honor companies that receive 90 points and more as NDC Index Best U.S. Companies for Diversity For more details, see question, “How will the final scores be published?”