20+ companies in beauty made Forbes 2019 list of America's Best Employers for Diversity

By Deanna Utroske

- Last updated on GMT

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The second annual ranking includes cosmetics and personal care manufacturers, industry suppliers, and a range of beauty retailers. Sephora, Ulta, Amazon, and Qurate all made the list; as did P&G, Mary Kay, The Estée Lauder Companies, and Unilever.

The Forbes 2019 list of America's Best Employers for Diversity is based on employee opinion survey data gathered in partnership with Statista and takes in to consideration companies’ “diverse boards and executive ranks and the most proactive diversity and inclusion initiatives,”​ according to Vicky Valet’s cover article​ for the list.

This is only the second year Forbes has complied the list; and Valet acknowledges that “while it may often seem that no employer is getting diversity and inclusion right….some companies have been making progress.”


Direct sales beauty company Mary Kay earned a spot (150 of 500) on this year’s list. And Melinda Sellers, the company’s chief people officer, tells the press, “At Mary Kay, we know our commitment to diversity makes us stronger.”

“What sets Mary Kay apart,” ​explains Sellers in a media release, “is its enthusiastic adherence to the principles on which Mary Kay Ash, our founder, formed the Company. She believed that everyone wore an invisible sign around their neck that read ‘make me feel important.’ We think she was right and use that philosophy in all of our diversity efforts.”


The beauty makers, suppliers, and retailers on this year’s Forbes list of America's Best Employers for Diversity and their ranking out of the 500 brands included follow:

  • 11 Lubrizol
  • 22 P&G
  • 48 J&J
  • 59 Air Products and Chemicals
  • 137 The Estée Lauder Companies
  • 150 Mary Kay
  • 164 Sephora
  • 173 Ashland
  • 199 Lush
  • 212 Nestle
  • 233 Clorox
  • 251 Amazon
  • 258 Ulta Beauty
  • 261 Sally Beauty Holdings
  • 317 Unilever
  • 341 DowDuPont
  • 346 L’Oréal
  • 360 Amway
  • 372 Whole Foods Market
  • 381 Qurate Retail



Deanna Utroske, CosmeticsDesign.com Editor, covers beauty business news in the Americas region and publishes the weekly Indie Beauty Profile column, showcasing the inspiring work of entrepreneurs and innovative brands.

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