Forbes named Duke University one of the "Best Employers for Diversity" in 2019. 

Duke ranked 43rd out of 500 companies in a report released Tuesday. Forbes conducted an independent survey on more than 50,000 employees working for businesses that employed at least 1,000 people. 

“We are always gratified by external recognition as it validates the outstanding work of our faculty and staff,” said Kyle Cavanaugh, Duke’s vice president for administration, in a news release. “This most recent recognition further highlights the attention our community pays to our core values.”  

The survey was conducted for companies from all industry sectors, except government services. 

Employees were asked their opinions about ethnicity, gender equality, disability, sexuality and other topics of diversity in context of their employer. Forbes also considered the diversity of top executives, reviews by employees from other companies and the extent to which the company's departments and positions are devoted to diversity and communication of a diverse company culture. 

Last year, Forbes also named Duke one of the "Best Employers for Women."