Every July, Black Enterprise magazine identifies the “40 Best Companies for Diversity.” In addition, we compile sublists for the “Best Companies for Senior Management Diversity,” “Best Companies for Supplier Diversity,” “Best Companies for Workforce Diversity,” and “Best Companies for Board Diversity.” These “sublists” include companies that are strong in one particular category of diversity. It is possible that a company might make the sublist and not the main list.
The 15 Best Companies for Senior Management have shown their commitment to grooming diverse executives for placement into powerhouse positions. Developing diverse talent to inhabit the C-level job actually begins five to 10 years prior with promotions to vice president and senior VP levels. “In many cases, when you’re talking about the people who are doing C-level jobs, they have 20-25 years of experience,” says Marlon D. Cousin of the Marquin Group, a boutique executive search firm in Atlanta. “Well, 20 or 25 years ago minorities weren’t given an opportunity to do the jobs that would prepare them for a C-level job today and that’s why the pool is so small now.”
The companies that made the Senior Management sublist had the highest percentage of senior management positions held by African Americans and members of other ethnic minority groups. In determining the 40 Best Companies for Diversity, a heavier weighting was given to scores in Senior Management.
We will also highlight these companies in the Diversity Watch section in upcoming issues of BE. Check BlackEnterprise.com tomorrow for the entire list of 40 Best Companies for Diversity.
Click on the Job Opportunities column below for more information about diversity at a specific company.
|15 Best in Senior Management Diversity|
|Aetna Inc., Hartford, CT||Insurance|
|AFLAC Inc., Columbus, GA||Insurance|
|Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta, GA||Beverage|
|Convergys Corp., Cincinnati, OH||Employee Relationship
|Exelon Corp., Chicago, IL||Utilities|
|Fannie Mae, Washington, DC||Financial Services|
|McDonald’s Corp., Oak Brook, IL||Food Services|
|Pepco Holdings Inc., Washington, DC||Utilities|
|Rockwell Collins Inc., Cedar Rapids, IA||Technology|
|Sodexho USA, Gaithersburg, MD||Food and Facilities Management
|State Farm Insurance Cos., Bloomington, IL||Insurance|
|TIAA-CREF, Charlotte, NC||Financial Services|
|United Parcel Service Inc., Atlanta, GA||Package Delivery|
|WGL Holdings Inc., Washington, DC||Utilities|
|Xerox Corp., Rochester, NY||Computer
and Office Equipment
To see all 40 companies on The 2008 BLACK ENTERPRISE Best Companies for Diversity pick up a copy of Black Enterprise magazine’s July 2008 issue. —THE EDITORS