Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Culture
At Nasdaq, we all contribute to the success of Nasdaq and its culture, and each of us has the ability to make a difference.
When it comes to our core mission and values, we embrace the role of Diversity, Equity & Culture (DEC) as a fundamental driver of our corporate growth, workplace culture and market development.
Our unique position at the center of the capital markets and technology allows us to see firsthand how these values have redefined corporate culture and success, deepening and accelerating our own commitment to champion inclusive growth and prosperity, as we strive to create more equitable opportunities to help people of all backgrounds reach their full potential.
In recent years, Nasdaq has made significant strides in furthering DEC. As part of our ongoing Commitment to Equality, we pledged to increase investments in our DEC efforts across the global workforce, focusing near-term efforts on three key areas:
- Accelerate efforts to increase diversity, equity and culture at all levels of the organization and across geographic boundaries
- Expand professional training, development and mentorship programs as well as employee networks
- Build and develop our partnerships with organizations that align with our Purpose of advancing inclusive growth
Most notably, Nasdaq has published its diversity statistics. These metrics serve as a quantitative assessment of where we are today and help determine what strategies we need to adopt to enhance diversity in the workplace. We recognize that we have much work to do, but we are steadfast in our commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive culture—one that reflects the communities in which we live, allows all employees to be their true, authentic selves and fosters individual growth and achievement.
Building on our DEC efforts, Nasdaq’s Purpose focuses on three primary objectives: reimagining investor engagement to better equip under-represented communities with the financial knowledge they need to succeed; increasing capital markets participation by supporting Black, minority and female entrepreneurs, who for too long have been underfunded and overlooked; and leveraging the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center along with new strategic partnerships to develop a deeper, data-led understanding of where societal challenges are greatest and where Nasdaq’s participation can have the greatest impact.
Additionally, Nasdaq received approval for its Board Diversity Rule in 2021. Under the rule, Nasdaq-listed companies, except exempt entities, are required to publicly disclose diversity statistics regarding their board of directors and have, or explain why they do not have, at least two diverse directors, including one who self-identifies as female and one who self-identifies as either an under-represented minority or LGBTQ+.
As we move forward together, we will continue advancing diverse ideas and perspectives that help fulfill the promise of a more inclusive and prosperous world.
Proud to serve Nasdaq,
Laura Agharkar, Head of Diversity, Equity & Culture at Nasdaq
We recognize our unique position at the center of capital creation, markets and technology. Our ability to amplify the message on Diversity, Equity and Culture doesn’t stay confined to our boundaries but is extended to the companies and communities we serve.
We are continuously working towards achieving greater balance in our workforce composition at all levels and across key dimensions of diversity.
- We are a diverse organization with colleagues from 28 countries around the world, who represent a variety of generations, race and ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities and/or expressions, abilities, languages, educational backgrounds, veteran status, perspectives and cultures. We collectively make the #NasdaqFam (or Nasdaq Family).
- To achieve diversity at every level, we are fine-tuning our efforts in recruitment and retention. Globally, we have made a pledge to support the advancement of women at Nasdaq by signing the Parity Pledge, signifying our commitment to interview at least one qualified female candidate for every open position, Vice President and above, including C-suite and the Board of Directors. We are also proud signatories of the UN Women's Empowerment Principles, which guide and motivate us to go above and beyond in our efforts to advance gender diversity.
- To advance diversity among our workforce In the U.S., we are working with organizations, such as Thurgood Marshall College Fund, National Black MBA Association, Prospanica, Society of Hispanic Engineers, Society of Women Engineers and other reputed bodies that help advance greater representation of minorities in the corporate world.
- The collective efforts of the People@Nasdaq (HR) team and our Employee networks are aimed at helping all employees advance while helping ensure steadfast commitment to all dimensions of diversity in our recruitment and retention initiatives and programs.
- We recently published our diversity statistics, which serve as a quantitative assessment of where we are today. Our ongoing commitment to achieving diverse representation at all levels across Nasdaq is our ultimate objective and implementing a strategy that gets us there is our highest priority.
We strive to create a culture that allows all employees to be their true, authentic selves and fosters individual growth and achievement.
- Our 10 employee networks enable employees to connect on shared topics and interests with the goal of supporting diversity, and a sense of inclusion and belonging.
- Our Benefits and Rewards serve the needs of all employees. Generous parental leave, flexible work schedules, dedicated benefits for Transgender employees and workplace support for the disabled community are just a few of our benefits.
- We offer professional training, development, coaching and mentorship programs to serve all employees – regardless of career level or tenure.
- We facilitate ongoing programs on Anti-Racism and created a monthly fireside chat series, “Our Talks” about recent events and important issues related to confronting racial injustice.
- Our employees are encouraged to volunteer at organizations they care about through our GoodWorks Program.
- As part of our ongoing Commitment to Equality, Nasdaq pledged $3 million U.S. dollars to organizations that serve the Black community and matched employee donations.
We recognize our unique position at the center of capital creation, markets and technology. Our ability to amplify the message on Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging doesn’t stay confined to our boundaries but is extended to the companies and communities we serve.
- We collaborate with our listed companies and other advocacy organizations to share best practices on equality throughout the year at marquee events -- from International Women’s Day and Veterans Day to Black History Month, LGBT Pride Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, among others.
- We relaunched the Nasdaq Foundation, which will leverage its investment in the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center alongside strategic partnerships with key organizations to identify where need is the greatest and where the Nasdaq Foundation can have the biggest impact.
- We dedicate Nasdaq opening and closing bell ceremonies to highlight diversity and inclusion initiatives at our listed firms and advocacy organizations.
- We were named to Parity.Org's 2020 list for Best Place for Women to Advance and achieved a 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index for the last three years.
We have built our company around a culture of respect, and we believe to our core that our diversity is our strength.
At Nasdaq, diversity and inclusion is not just a buzz word. The leadership understands the present and historic issues that have existed in this space and are actively committed to creating the change we all hope for.Senior Product Analyst; Member, GLOBE
Being part of a network has given me an opportunity to make a positive difference in the company’s culture for the overall benefit of all employees.Project Manager Specialist; Member, Adelante
We are all different and that makes us powerful as ONE! Nasdaq has helped respect and celebrate the differences, I am proud to be working at Nasdaq.Senior Director, People Strategy Team, APAC; Member, Parents and Caregivers, APAN
Everyone has their unique, personal story. Nasdaq is the place where you are actually invited to share it.Vice President Employee Experience, Nasdaq
Spread across 39 offices in 28 countries around the world, Nasdaq is relentlessly working to advance diversity across our global workforce. Gender diversity, at all career levels, remains one of our top priorities.
We are also publicly disclosing the race and ethnicity statistics of our U.S. workforce, galvanizing our efforts to become a more diverse company.
Data is as of December of each year. Data on this webpage uses the traditional gender categories of male and female as required in our reports to the U.S. government. Nasdaq’s reporting in this manner does not represent our position on the issue, and we deeply respect that gender is not binary. Please note that totals may not add up to 100 percent due to rounding to the closest tenth decimal point. The U.S. reporting on Race and Ethnicity follows the U.S. Department of Labor’s EEO-1 reporting standards. The races and ethnicities reported are American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, Two or More Races and White.
Nasdaq’s 2021 EEO-1 data closely corresponds to what was published in our 2021 Sustainability Report, with small differences related to the timing of the data gathered and the fact that the EEO-1 report does not account for employees who choose not to disclose their race/ethnicity, nor does the EEO-1 account for a nonbinary gender.
Nasdaq's call to advance economic progress for all has never been stronger, nor more urgent than it is today.