BLACK ENTERPRISE Announces The 40 Best Companies For Diversity

BLACK ENTERPRISE Diversity List Cover

Special Report Reveals Organizations Successfully Embracing Corporate Inclusion Across Four Key Areas: Board of Directors, Employee Base, Senior Management and Supplier Diversity

NEW YORK, Jan. 13, 2015 — BLACK ENTERPRISE has released its listing of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity as featured in the publication’s December 2014/January 2015 issue. The companies singled out for distinction demonstrated a significant commitment to diversity in four key areas: board of directors, employee base, senior management and supplier diversity.

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 the developing a culture and executing policies that promoted of inclusion for African Americans within their workforce, senior management ranks, corporate boards and supplier pools. This year the editors placed special emphasis on the impact of millennials on future corporate diversity initiatives and share this generation’s views with its readers.

In compiling this year’s list, the BLACK ENTERPRISE research team found hundreds of companies that refused to take the survey. Some companies did not participate, stating that did not have adequate time to provide diversity figures. Others admitted that their organizations’ numbers simply did not measure up.

Of the 40 best, AT&T, Con Edison, Comcast, FedEx and MGM International demonstrated significant strengths in three of the four areas surveyed.

The full list of the 2014 Black Enterprise 40 Best Companies for Diversity is as follows:

Arkansas

Minnesota

Entergy Corp., Little Rock

General Mills Inc., Minneapolis

Walmart Stores, Inc., Bentonville

North Carolina

California

Bank of America Corp., Charlotte

Pacific Gas and Electric Co., San Francisco

TIAA-CREF, Charlotte

Sempra Energy, Los Angeles

Wells Fargo & Co., Charlotte

Florida

New Jersey

Darden Restaurants Inc., Orlando

Merck & Co Inc., Kenilworth

Prudential Financial  Inc., Newark

Georgia

Verizon Communications Inc., Basking Ridge

Aflac Inc., Columbus

The Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta

Nevada

Southern Co., Atlanta

MGM Resorts International, Las Vegas 

Illinois

New York

Allstate Insurance Co., Northbrook 

American Express Co., New York

Exelon Corp., Chicago

Consolidated Edison Inc., New York 

McDonald’s Corp., Oak Brook

JPMorgan Chase & Co, New York

Northern Trust Corp., Chicago

Morgan Stanley, New York

PepsiCo Inc., Chicago

Toyota Motor North America, Inc., New York

State Farm Insurance Co., Bloomington

Xerox Corp., Rochester 

Kansas

Ohio

Sprint Corp., Overland Park

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., Columbus

Massachusetts 

Pennsylvania

State Street Corp. North Quincy 

Aramark,  Philadelphia

Comcast Corp., Philadelphia

Maryland

Marriott International, Inc., Bethesda

Tennessee

FedEx Corp., Collierville

Michigan

Comerica Inc., Detroit

Texas

Ford Motor Co., Dearborn

AT&T Inc., Dallas

General Motors Co., Detroit

Virginia 

Freddie Mac,  McLean

To select our 2014 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 questionnaire focused on activities related to the participation of African Americans and members of other ethnic minority groups as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau.  A heavier weighting was applied to the senior management and supplier diversity areas. The final scores, along with the results of reporting and research conducted by the editorial staff, were used to determine the 40 Best Companies for Diversity.

The 40 Best Companies for Diversity will be honored on Tuesday January 13th, 2015 during a special Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project/Black Enterprise luncheon.

The complete report, including methodology and selection criteria, is available in the December/January issue of black enterprise magazine.

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About Kerline K. Jules (685 Articles)
A native of Miami, Florida, Kerline Jules is one of South Florida’s leading young professionals and community leaders invested in public service and passionate about elevating the message of social and economic empowerment. Kerline believes a legacy of good intentions is no legacy at all; her very focus is on making sure that her life’s work makes an impact.

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