Johnson Controls has been named one of the 40 most diverse companies by Black Enterprise magazine, a business and investment publication aimed at African-Americans.
The recognition was based on an evaluation of hiring programs and a survey of 1,000 of America’s largest publicly traded companies and of 40 global companies with significant U.S. operations, according to editors of Black Enterprise. The results were published in the magazine’s July issue.
“Our values promote a diverse, inclusive workplace with global opportunities for teamwork, leadership and growth,” said Charles A. Harvey, vice president of diversity and public affairs for Johnson Controls. “Our innovative program to recruit and develop diverse suppliers, begun in the early 1990s, has made us one of only 13 U.S. companies to annually purchase more than $1 billion in goods and services from minority- and women-owned firms. The goal is a sustained business success for our suppliers and for Johnson Controls.”
The companies that made the Black Enterprise “40 Best” list outperformed other companies in their peer group in four categories: supplier diversity, senior management, board of directors and employee base.
The editors also said that companies on the list were “far more likely than most corporations to have mechanisms in place to strategically plan and implement diversity activities and to measure the effectiveness of their programs.”
“In developing this year’s list, we wanted to make sure we identified companies that viewed diversity as a business imperative,” said Black Enterprise editor Sonia Alleyne. “A varied pool of senior managers and suppliers at these companies, along with their strengths in developing a diverse work force and corporate board, will enable them to be even more competitive on a global scale.”