SANTA BARBARA, Calif. –– The September issue of Hispanic Business magazine will feature the "DIVERSITY ELITE 60," an annual list determined by more than 30 variables that measure companies' commitments to Hispanic hiring, promotion, marketing, philanthropy, and supplier diversity.
Top companies on this year's list went beyond workforce diversity initiatives and implemented strategies to reach more Hispanic consumers and increase their businesses with minority- and Hispanic-owned suppliers.
Southern California Edison reached the top of the list partly due to programs such as its "Partners in Supplier Diversity" program, which it launched in January 1998. The program aims to increase the internal awareness of Southern California Edison's commitment to the usage of women-owned, minority-owned, and disabled veteran-owned businesses in the area of procurement.
The top 10 companies this year include Southern California Edison; AT&T Inc.; Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; JPMorgan Chase; Bank of America; Comerica Inc.; Marriott International Inc.; Union Bank of California; Verizon Communications; and Hyatt Hotels Corporation.
The September Diversity issue also includes the 2007 Best Schools for Hispanics with top 10 lists in four categories: law, business, engineering, and medicine.
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