DENVER—DaVita Inc.announced today that it was recognized for the fifth consecutive year by WorldBlu as one of the world's most democratic companies.
"DaVita is honored to once again be recognized as the only health care and FORTUNE 500(R) company on WorldBlu'sTM List of Most Democratic Workplaces," said Kent Thiry, chairman and CEO of DaVita. "At DaVita, we are proud to be a community first and a company second."
The WorldBlu List of Most Democratic Workplaces 2012 is composed of 48 organizations from a breadth of industries including technology, manufacturing, health care, retail, services and energy, with a combined annual revenue of more than $17 billion.
Operating democratically is ingrained in DaVita's history. In 1999, DaVita teammates (employees) voted on the company's core values and its name. "DaVita," which means "giving life" in Italian, won by a landslide vote. Since that time, DaVita teammates have voted on a wide variety of measures impacting business-critical decisions, from environmental goals to the company profit-sharing program.
Thiry says DaVita's commitment to operating democratically is critical to both business and community-building goals.
"There's a saying - 'No one washes a rental car.' And what it means is that when people don't feel ownership in something, they value it less and have less of a connection to the organization," said Thiry. "That's why we call ourselves 'citizens' of the DaVita Village, not merely residents. Citizens understand they have certain rights and responsibilities. And the principles of democracy help reinforce this citizenship and shared ownership in powerful ways."