Europe's Diversity Leaders 2023

Based on an online survey of more than 100,000 employees across 16 european countries, Europe’s 850 Diversity Leaders are awarded in the 4th edition in cooperation with the Financial Times.

List of Diversity Leaders 2023

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The Project

More than 13,000 employers from the examines industries that employ at least 250 people in the following countries were eligible: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The companies were identified through extensive desk research.

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Companies evaluated

over 13,000

Employees surveyed

over 100,000

Companies awarded



Our scoring model is based on the employer’s diversity promotion as perceived by their employees and other employees within the same industry. In addition, the diversity dimensions of general strategy, gender, age, LGBTQ+, ethicity and disabilities were evaluated by the participants. Moreover, Statista researched further KPIs in connection to diversity.

Score breakdown


The employees were asked to give their opinion on a series of statements surrounding the topics of age, gender equality, ethnicity, disability, LGBTQ+ and general diversity concerning their own employer. The rate of agreement/disagreement regarding the statements was measured on a 5-point Likert scale. In order to take the opinions of diverse groups into account, the recommendations of women, elders, and ethnic minorities were weighted significantly higher than the recommendations from non-minority groups. In addition, a perception correction factor (comparison between recommendations from minorities vs. from non-minorities) was used to adjust the score in case the rating of diversity groups deviated strongly from non-diversity groups’ ratings.

Additionally, participants were given the chance to evaluate other employers in their respective industries that stand out either positively or negatively with regard to diversity. Only the recommendations of minority groups were considered.



The employee surveys conducted by Statista R are carried out independently of the potentially awarded employer brands. This reduces distortion of the results that could arise from non-anonymous surveys (e.g. social desirability in response behavior). The focus on willingness to recommend and on general questions about working conditions allows for comparability across heterogeneous sectors.

Data Collection

For data collection, Statista R programs detailed online questionnaires that ask survey participants about work-related topics. Statista R works with leading online access panels worldwide to identify suitable participants. During the survey, the incoming evaluations are checked for quality & validity (interview length, variances, inconsistencies) and sorted accordingly.


For the evaluation, Statista R applies a scoring model that primarily relies on the direct and indirect evaluation of the respondents. This includes both the evaluation of the respondent’s own employer as well as the evaluation of other employers from the same industry.

Quality Assurance

For each potential award-winning employer brand, the number of employees and the headquarters in the respective country are researched. This step serves as quality assurance and is presented as information in the publication.

A detailed report on our methodology for the Diversity Leaders 2023 is available.

Our Partner

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organizations, recognized internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

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Jannis Plachetka