DiversityBusiness.com recently announced the “Top 50 Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities. Over 1,300,000 diversity business owners participated in an online election to determine the “Top” fifty organizations and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. was named the #1 company for providing business opportunities to diverse business owners throughout the United States.
So why is this important to you the Job Seeker? I find this list to be important to career seekers for several reasons. Companies that value and support diverse business owners typically share that same type of commitment to their own workplace and make it a best-practice to hire from a diverse candidate selection pool. This tends to lead to a more rewarding work experience for the employees of these companies. I also admire the transparency in the work being done by DiversityBusiness.com and view their CEO, Kenton Clarke, as a leader in the Diversity & Inclusion discussion. "This isn’t a list that was created from a back room selection process”, this is a true representation derived from the bottom-line of diverse business owners says Clarke.
The 50 U.S. corporations which make up this list call themselves The Div50. This esteemed, elite list is coveted by the most successful companies in the United States and has become the most recognized and respected in the country. These companies truly differentiate themselves in the market place in a time when diversity is on the rise. I had the opportunity to ask Mr. Clarke exactly why he believes this list would be important to career seekers and he responded by informing me that regarding the Div50 “it’s the uniqueness of the voting process and how it is different than all other awards. It's the voice of the marketplace not a back room selection process”. Over 1,300,000 businesses were asked to answer 10 questions about diversity business in the marketplace. Their answers were based on factors such as volume, consistency and quality business opportunities granted to women and minority-owned companies. Other large companies at the top of the list include AT&T, IBM, Northrop Grumman, Dell, Office Depot, Verizon, Cisco, Apple, and Raytheon.
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