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SOURCE BLACK ENTERPRISE
List of top firms includes AT&T, JPMorgan Chase, and State Farm
NEW YORK, Jan. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- BLACK ENTERPRISE, in collaboration with The Executive Leadership Council, the leading organization of black senior managers, has released its annual listing of the 50 Best Companies for Diversity as featured in the publication's November/December 2017 issue. These 50 companies recognize the value of the link between diversity and engagement, which is driven by corporate leadership at the highest level.
In 2005, BLACK ENTERPRISE began publishing its list of the "Best Companies for Diversity," identifying those corporations that proved to be the best of the best in developing a culture and executing policies that promoted inclusion of African Americans within their workforce, senior management ranks, corporate boards, and supplier pools.
"At a time when African American executive talent is more abundant than ever, corporations should willingly embrace our inclusion to drive their performance," says BLACK ENTERPRISE's President and CEO Earl "Butch" Graves Jr. "The strength of our nation is in its diversity. In order for America to fully realize its potential, African Americans and other minorities must be an integral part of that equation-period."
To select our 2017 companies, BLACK ENTERPRISE sent surveys to the nation's top 1,000 publicly traded companies as well as to the 100 leading global companies with strong U.S. operations. The final list includes those that showed a commitment to diversifying its ranks in four areas: employee base, senior management, procurement, and board of directors. Companies were also chosen by their programs created to nurture and maintain a diverse professional space. Surveys didn't simply focus on black inclusion, but ethnic-minority groups as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. Supporting criteria used to finalize the list included efforts directed toward women, people with disabilities, veterans, and the LGBT community.
The full list of the 2017 Black Enterprise 50 Best Companies for Diversity is as follows:
Walmart Stores Inc., Bentonville
General Mills Inc., Minneapolis
Pacific Gas & Electric Co., San Francisco
Ameren Corp., St. Louis
Wells Fargo & Co., San Francisco
Cigna Corp., Bloomfield
ADP Inc., Roseland
Xerox Corp., Norwalk
Merck & Co Inc., Kenilworth
Prudential Financial Inc., Newark
District of Columbia
MGM Resorts International, Las Vegas
Aflac Inc., Columbus
The Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta
Bank of America Corp., Charlotte
Southern Co., Atlanta
Duke Energy Corp., Charlotte
American Express Co., New York
Accenture plc, Chicago
Consolidated Edison Inc., New York
Allstate Insurance Co., Northbrook
JPMorgan Chase & Co., New York
Exelon Corp., Chicago
Morgan Stanley, New York
PepsiCo Inc., Purchase
McDonald's McDonald's Corp., Oak Brook
TIAA-CREF, New York
State Farm Insurance Co., Bloomington
Verizon Communications Inc., New York
Eli Lilly and Co., Indianapolis
Macy's Inc., Cincinnati
Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., Columbus
Entergy Corp., New Orleans
Comcast Corp., Philadelphia
PNC Financial Services Group, Pittsburgh
Lockheed Martin Corp., Bethesda
FedEx Corp., Memphis
Marriott International, Inc., Bethesda
AT&T Inc., Dallas
DTE Energy Co., Detroit
Comerica Inc., Dallas
Ford Motor Co., Dearborn
J.C. Penney Co. Inc., Plano
General Motors Co., Detroit
The Kellogg Co., Battle Creek
Johnson Controls Inc., Milwaukee
Northwestern Mutual, Milwaukee
The complete report, including methodology and selection criteria, is available in the November/December issue of BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine.
BLACK ENTERPRISE, your ultimate source for wealth creation, is the premier business, investing, and wealth-building resource for African Americans. Since 1970, BE has provided essential business information and advice to professionals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and decision makers. Every month, BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine provides 4 million readers with information on entrepreneurship, careers, and financial management. As a multimedia company, BLACK ENTERPRISE produces television programming, business and lifestyle events, web content and digital media. BLACK ENTERPRISE is the definitive source of information for and about African American business markets and leaders, and the authority on black business news and trends.
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