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August 06, 2021

Model Diversity Survey

Michelle Behnke

The American Bar Association has four goals to achieve its mission. Goal III seeks to eliminate bias and enhance diversity in the legal profession. Under Goal III, diversity is considered race/ethnicity, gender, LGBTQ+ status and disability status.

The Model Diversity Survey is the primary tool to implement Resolution 113. The purpose of the survey is to serve as the standard for law firms’ reporting of their diversity metrics. The benefits the survey has are data uniformity, time efficiency, and trending year over year in aggregate and for individual firms.

The survey is free of charge for corporate signatories and stakeholders and does not require a paid membership to use. Corporations simply need to become a signatory in order to gain real-time access to any law firms’ diversity demographic data submitted in response to the Model Diversity Survey. GCs can now gain access to the diversity data reported by any firm. The law firms’ role is to simply complete the standardized Model Diversity Survey on the ABA portal on an annual basis and monitor firm trends over time.  By participating in this effort, the firms and corporations will have the ability to use the survey results as a benchmarking tool.

To become a signatory, the general counsel is asked to do the following:

  • Notify the ABA that they support the Resolution and wish to sign the pledge;
  • Ask the firms that provide a significant portion of legal services to complete the Survey;
  • Require firms that are competing to handle a significant matter for the company to complete the Survey;
  • Use the Survey results, as a tool in determining what firms to retain or with which to continue doing business; and
  • Advise the ABA that they support the above four principles, such that an ongoing list of those that have committed to the principles can be maintained and published.

Model Diversity Survey Signatories

  1. 7-Eleven
  2. Abbvie
  3. Abercrombie & Fitch
  4. ABM Industries
  5. Adobe
  6. Advance
  7. American Express Company
  8. American Family Mutual Insurance
  9. Americas Software AG USA,
  10. Amtrak
  11. Aon Global Law
  12. Archer Daniels Midland Company 
  13. Astra Zeneca
  14. AT&T
  15. Bank of America
  16. Barings LLC
  17. BASF Corp.
  18. Belkin International 
  19. Biogen Inc.
  20. Bloomberg LP
  21. BNP Paribas
  22. Boise Cascade
  23. Booz Allen Hamilton
  24. Boston Scientific
  25. Bridgestone Americas Inc.
  26. Brighthouse Financial
  27. Bristol-Myers Squibb
  28. Capital One Financial
  29. CBRE, Inc.
  30. CenterForce USA
  31. CenterPoint Energy, Inc.
  32. Cerner Corporation
  33. Cigna
  34. Citizen Financial Group
  35. Clorox Company
  36. CMS Energy and Consumers Energy
  37. Comcast Corporation
  38. Cruise LLC
  39. CVS Health Company
  40. Dana Incorporated
  41. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  42. Davita
  43. Dow
  44. Eaton
  45. Ebay
  46. EchoStar Corporation
  47. Edison International
  48. EHC Global
  49. Eli Lilly and Company
  50. EMC
  51. Energizer Holdings, Inc.
  52. EnerSys
  53. Ernst & Young LLP 
  54. Exelon Corp.
  55. Facebook
  56. Fannie Mae
  57. Fidelity Investments 
  58. Fiserv
  59. Freddie Mac
  60. General Mills
  61. General Motors Company
  62. Grand Total
  63. Guardian Life Insurance
  64. Hartford
  65. Hess Corporation
  66. Honeyell International
  67. HP Inc.
  68. HSBC
  69. Hyatt
  70. IBM
  71. Interpublic Group
  72. Jefferies Group LLC
  73. John Hancock Financial
  74. Johnson Controls
  75. JP Morgan Chase & Co.
  76. Juniper Networks, Inc.
  77. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals 
  78. Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  79. Kodak
  80. Kohl's Corp
  81. Lincoln Financial Group
  82. Lockheed Martin
  83. LPL Financial
  84. Macy’s
  85. Madewell, Inc.
  86. Marsh & McLennan
  87. MassMutual
  88. MasterCard
  89. Mattel
  90. McDonald’s
  91. McKesson Corporation
  92. Meritor, Inc
  93. MetLife
  94. Microsoft
  95. Molson Coors Brewing Company
  96. Mondelēz International 
  97. MUFG Americas Legal Department
  98. NBCUniversal 
  99. Nasdaq, Inc.
  100. Newmont Corporation
  101. New York Life Insurance Company
  102. Northern Trust
  103. Northrop Grumman
  104. Northwestern Mutual
  105. ON Semiconductor
  106. One America
  107. Orix Corporation, USA
  108. Panda Restaurant Group, Inc.
  109. Pearson
  110. PepsiCo
  111. Pitney Bowes
  112. The Principal Financial Group
  113. Portland General Electric
  114. PPG Industries 
  115. Prudential
  116. Public Service Enterprise Group
  117. Quest Diagnostics Incorporated
  118. Randstad US
  119. Raytheon Technologies Corporation
  120. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc
  121. Regional Transportation District (Denver)
  122. Republic Services
  123. Rockwell Automation
  124. Royal Bank of Canada
  125. Sanofi US
  126. Securian Financial Group
  127. ServiceNow, Inc
  128. Shell
  129. Siemens Corporation
  130. Southern Company
  131. Starbucks
  132. Standard Industries Inc.
  133. State Farm
  134. SunRun
  135. Synchrony Financial
  136. The Aerospace Corporation 
  137. Thrivent
  138. TIAA
  139. Toyota Motor North America
  140. Travelzoo
  141. Uber
  142. U.S. Bancorp
  143. UNFI- United Natural Foods Inc.
  144. Unibail-Rodamc-Westfield
  145. United Airlines
  146. University of California Hasting College of the Law
  147. University of Southern California
  148. Unum Group
  149. Varian Medical Systems
  150. Verizon Communications
  151. Vertex Pharmaceuticals
  152. VF Corporation
  153. ViacomCBS, Inc.
  154. Visa
  155. Zoom Video Communications 
  156. Voya Financial
  157. Walmart, Inc.
  158. Waste Management, Inc
  159. WeWork
  160. Williams Companies, Inc.
  161. Williams- Sonoma, Inc.
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Michelle Behnke

Chair, ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession

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