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Kaiser Permanente Ranked No. 7 on DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity(R)
Date:3/17/2009

Kaiser Permanente was also ranked No. 1 on DiversityInc's Top 10 Companies for Latinos, No. 5 on DiversityInc's Top 10 Companies for People With Disabilities, and No. 7 on DiversityInc's Top 10 Companies for Executive Women

OAKLAND, Calif. March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente was ranked No. 7 on the 2009 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity(R) list, up 36 spots from the pervious year. Kaiser Permanente was the only health care organization ranked in the top 20 of this prestigious list.

A total of 401 companies, an increase of 14 percent from last year, vied for the honor this year, underscoring the increasing emphasis on diversity management among progressive companies.

"At Kaiser Permanente, diversity management is a core value and an indisputable business imperative that is central to achieving our mission and business goals," says Ronald Knox, senior vice president and chief diversity officer at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. "We are grateful for DiversityInc's recognition of our diversity efforts and commitment and honored to be included among the nation's corporate leaders in diversity."

"Kaiser Permanente is one of the unsung heroes in corporate diversity. It's been a diversity leader for many years, the type of company others quietly sought out for diversity advice and best practices. Its surge on this list is indicative of its increasing ability to let the world, including us, in on what makes it such a great company for diversity," said Luke Visconti, CEO of DiversityInc.

A key factor in Kaiser Permanente's success was the involvement of chairman and chief executive officer of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, George C. Halvorson, whose direct reports are 14.3 percent Black, 14.3 Asian American, 4.8 percent Latino and 42.9 percent women. Kaiser Permanente also has one of the most diverse boards anywhere: 21 percent Black, 14.5 percent Latino, 14.5 percent Asian American and 36 percent women.

Methodology

The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list is a purely editorial process with no connection to business done with DiversityInc. It is determined entirely by a statistical analysis of responses to our 200-question survey. There is no fee to enter. DiversityInc Top 50 companies demonstrate consistent strength in four areas: CEO Commitment, Human Capital, Corporate and Organizational Communications, and Supplier Diversity. The list itself covers 19 industries, from consumer-facing companies to B-to-B's to industrial businesses. They range from small regional companies to global giants.

DiversityInc also compiles 11 specialty lists, which will be unveiled on www.DiversityInc.com on these dates: The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Recruitment & Retention (March 23), The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Supplier Diversity (March 30), The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for African Americans (April 6), The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Latinos (April 13), The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Asian Americans (April 20), The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for LGBT Employees (April 27), The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for People With Disabilities (May 4), The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Executive Women (May 11), The DiversityInc Top 10 Global Diversity Companies (May 18), The DiversityInc Top Utilities (May 26) and DiversityInc's 25 Noteworthy Companies (June 1).

For more detailed information on our methodology, please visit www.DiversityInc.com/top50.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is America's leading integrated health plan. Founded in 1945, the program is headquartered in Oakland, Calif. Kaiser Permanente serves 8.7 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Today it encompasses Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and their subsidiaries, and the Permanente Medical Groups. Nationwide, Kaiser Permanente includes approximately 167,000 technical, administrative and clerical employees and caregivers, and 14,000 physicians representing all specialties. The organization's Labor Management Partnership is the largest such health care partnership in the United States. It governs how more than 130,000 workers, managers, physicians and dentists work together to make Kaiser Permanente the best place to receive care, and the best place to work. For more Kaiser Permanente news, visit the Kaiser Permanente News Center at: http://xnet.kp.org/newscenter

About DiversityInc

Launched in 1997, DiversityInc is the leading business publication connecting diversity and the bottom line, with 1 million unique monthly visitors. DiversityInc.com includes the largest diversity job board in the nation. DiversityInc also produces events and conducts benchmarking, custom research and consulting.

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