Cox Communications is No. 25 on the 2007 Diversityinc Top 50 Companies for Diversity® List
Also No. 8 for African Americans

March 21, 2007—Cox Communications has earned a coveted spot on The 2007 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity® list.

"Cox Communications is much different from the average corporation; it is a true champion of diversity," notes Luke Visconti, partner and cofounder of DiversityInc, a monthly business magazine and daily web site. "A total of 317 companies competed for a spot, a 100 percent increase in corporate participation in the Top 50 competition over the last three years."

"We are delighted that DiversityInc has recognized Cox as a top company for diversity for the second consecutive year," said Pat Esser, President. "At Cox, diversity is a critical part of our culture, values and operations. It is truly a business priority throughout the company, including the areas of recruitment, hiring and employee development, supplier outreach, community support, and the products and services we offer our customers." Cox moved up to No. 25 on the 2007 list, from No. 32 last year, and also ranked as the No. 8 company for African Americans.

Now in its seventh year, The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list is the largest competition of its kind. The list is determined solely from a comprehensive survey of diversity management that measures CEO Commitment, Human Capital, Corporate Communications and Supplier Diversity. Companies on the DiversityInc Top 50 are remarkable in several ways:

  • The Top 50 hire 42 percent people of color; the U.S. work force is 29 percent people of color*
  • Although Top 50 companies employ only 5 percent of the U.S. work force, they employ 17 percent of the college-educated people of color*
  • Twenty-five percent of Top 50 companies' management are people of color, compared with 12 percent people of color in management nationwide*
  • One hundred percent of the Top 50 offer domestic-partner benefits for same-sex couples, compared with 53 percent of Fortune 500 companies
  • Seventy-four percent of the Top 50 include gender orientation in their nondiscrimination policies, compared with only 24 percent of the Fortune 500*
  • Top 50 companies spend 9.7 percent of their procurement budgets with minority- and women-owned suppliers, compared with just 2 percent nationally*
  • Ninety-six percent of the Top 50 companies link executive compensation to diversity goals
  • Ninety percent of Top 50 CEOs sign off on executive compensation tied to diversity, compared with 72 percent last year*

The Top 50 list was unveiled during a live video webcast today. To see the webcast and the complete list of Top 50 winners, visit

About DiversityInc

DiversityInc is a monthly business magazine, with a daily web site, The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list is a purely editorial process and is completely independent of any business conducted with the company. DiversityInc was launched in 1997.

Acerca de Cox Communications

Cox Communications is a multi-service broadband communications and entertainment company with more than 6 million total residential and commercial customers. Cox offers an array of advanced digital video, high-speed Internet and telephony services over its own nationwide IP network, as well as integrated wireless services in partnership with Sprint (NYSE: S). Cox Business Services is a full-service, facilities-based provider of communications solutions for commercial customers, providing high-speed Internet, voice and long distance services, as well as data and video transport services for small to large-sized businesses. Cox Media offers national and local cable advertising in traditional spot and new media formats, along with promotional opportunities and production services. More information about the services of Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at,

*Sources: The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Center for Education Statistics, Human Rights Campaign

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