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Diversity: Unveiling the common themes among top manufacturing companies

The top 10 most diverse manufacturing companies according to Manufacturing Digital exemplify the significance of diversity and inclusion in driving innovation and success. While each company clearly has its unique approach, there are a number of themes that emerge which highlight why businesses in the sector should be investing more time and money in their diversity strategy.

Promoting gender diversity

  • Tetra Pak: Recognising the need to improve gender diversity in the food and beverage manufacturing industry, Tetra Pak actively encourages more women to join the sector. By diversifying perspectives, they drive transformational change.
  • Siemens: Focused on infrastructure, transport, and healthcare, Siemens believes that a diverse workforce is essential for building efficient factories and advancing healthcare solutions. Initiatives like SieMent EmpowHer promote gender diversity and empower women in STEM fields.

Recognised excellence in diversity and inclusion

  • PPG: Publicly recognised for its outstanding diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, PPG demonstrates its commitment to historically underrepresented populations. Their focus on DE&I creates an inclusive environment that fosters innovation and supports diverse communities.

Inclusive leadership for a better future

  • General Motors: Understanding the potential of technology transformations to leave individuals behind, GM emphasises inclusive leadership. By fostering diversity in the workplace, they ensure equitable transitions and create a better future for all.
  • Ford Motor Company: While acknowledging the challenges in achieving true belief in diversity and inclusion, Ford is committed to walking the walk. They strive to foster an inclusive environment and promote diversity at all levels.

Celebrating diversity and broadening opportunities

  • Caterpillar Inc.: Caterpillar believes that diversity strengthens the company and leads to stronger team performance. By respecting and celebrating diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives, they enhance collaboration and deliver greater value to customers.
  • 3M: Committed to amplifying diversity, 3M focuses on encouraging STEM education. Their programs, such as the 3M Manufacturing and Academic Partnerships, aim to engage communities in STEM and develop a more diverse and innovative workforce.

Integration of diversity for sustainable development

  • Toyota: Integrating firm ESG standards and aligning with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, Toyota emphasises diversity and inclusion. Recognised for its diversity efforts, they believe that diversity unlocks innovation and creates limitless possibilities for all.

Advancing diversity in healthcare

  • Johnson & Johnson: As a leading healthcare company, Johnson & Johnson recognises the value of diversity in addressing global challenges. Their STEM programs aimed at women reflect their commitment to diversity and the benefits it brings to both the business and diverse patient populations.

Embracing equality and inclusion

  • Procter & Gamble (P&G): P&G actively embraces equality and inclusion to meet the diverse needs of its global consumers. Through initiatives like the 'We See Equal' Summit, they foster open and honest conversations about advancing equality and inclusion.

The top 10 diverse manufacturing companies, according to Manufacturing Digital, share a commitment to diversity and inclusion, driving innovation and success. By promoting gender diversity, recognizing excellence in DE&I efforts, embracing inclusive leadership, celebrating diverse backgrounds, and integrating diversity for sustainable development, these companies create inclusive cultures that unlock growth and deliver value to their employees, communities, and society as a whole.

How we can help

Irwin Mitchell is the leading expert on diversity and inclusion in the workplace and provides a bespoke diversity and inclusion solution for businesses.

Our D&I solution is made up of:

  1. A D&I assessment to understand what you have already done and what your next steps will look like.
  2. Advisory support to help you implement a plan and manage the complexities of a diverse business.
  3. Training to create a safer, more productive environment for all colleagues including our new eLearning modules.


If you'd like to know more, please visit our website or contact Helen Kidd and Elaine Huttley.

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