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Nielsen Recognized as a Top Company for Diversity

3 minute read | April 2016

Moves up on the list for third consecutive year using focused metrics approach to diversity-and-inclusion Supplier diversity: 40.9% higher than top 10 and 82% higher than top 50 for minority-owned subcontractors

New York, NY – April 25, 2016 – Nielsen earned the #41 ranking on the DiversityInc 2016 Top 50 Companies for Diversity list.  

Nielsen CEO Mitch Barns said, “Diversity and inclusion are crucial to Nielsen’s growth, strength and ability to innovate. We are investing in technology, leadership development and other capabilities to enhance the creativity of our teams globally and benefit the companies and markets we serve.”

This is Nielsen’s third consecutive year on the list. The company’s recent milestones include:

  • The appointment and promotion of Angela Talton to Chief Diversity Officer.
  • Completing a week-long global campaign that grew employee resource group (ERG) membership outside of the U.S. by 38%.
  • Investing in leadership development through the Diverse Leadership Network, which has 100% retention and 100% movement of graduates. The 2015 class expanded the program beyond the U.S.
  • Providing pro bono consulting, mentoring and financial education to diverse suppliers.
  • Enhancing time-off benefits with a longer leave for parents.
  • Leveraging LGBT ERG to offer programs focused on transgender education.
  • Partnering with Special Olympics (sixth year), including a customized global survey of 500 athletes at the World Summer Games in 2015.

“Nielsen’s definition of diversity is far more than what you see,” said Angela Talton, Nielsen’s chief diversity officer. “It is the breadth of talents, skills, experiences and cultural backgrounds that makes each of us unique. Leveraging those differences for our company and our clients has produced superior results. It is not enough for our associates to have a seat at the table. We want them to have a voice at the table and to know their voice will be heard.”

DiversityInc’s annual survey of more than 1,800 companies tracks the nation’s top companies when it comes to hiring, retaining and promoting women, minorities, people with disabilities, LGBT and veterans. It is one of the most rigorous, data-driven surveys of its kind, gauging detailed demographics based on race/ethnicity and gender at some of the largest U.S. employers.

“Under the direction of CEO Mitch Barns and CDO Angela Talton, Nielsen moves up the list with strong executive accountability across the company, including signing off on executive compensation tied to diversity,” said Luke Visconti, DiversityInc’s founder and CEO.

Companies with more than 1,000 U.S.-based employees are eligible to enter, and there is no cost to compete. Each company’s rank is based on an objective analysis of 183 separate factors, based on data from a 300-question survey. The four equally weighted areas of measurement are Talent Pipeline, Equitable Talent Development, CEO/Leadership Commitment and Supplier Diversity.


Nielsen Holdings plc (NYSE: NLSN) is a global performance management company that provides a comprehensive understanding of what consumers Watch and Buy. Nielsen’s Watch segment provides media and advertising clients with Total Audience measurement services across all devices where content—video, audio and text—is consumed. The Buy segment offers consumer packaged goods manufacturers and retailers the industry’s only global view of retail performance measurement. By integrating information from its Watch and Buy segments and other data sources, Nielsen provides its clients with both world-class measurement as well as analytics that help improve performance. Nielsen, an S&P 500 company, has operations in over 100 countries that cover more than 90% of the world’s population. For more information, visit

About DiversityInc

The mission of DiversityInc is to bring education and clarity to the business benefits of diversity. The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list began in 2001, at the same time that many corporations were beginning to understand the business value of diversity-management initiatives. The 2016 Top 50 Companies for Diversity results will be featured on and in DiversityInc magazine. For more information, visit,, or


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