8. WAL-MART STORES, INC.
With more than 150,000 Hispanic associates, having a diverse and multicultural workforce, at all levels, is among Wal-Mart's top priorities. Since 2002, Wal-Mart has purchased $1.1 billion of products and services from more than 750 Hispanic-owned businesses. Wal-Mart has reached out to the Hispanic community by donating $1 million to the National Hispanic Scholarship Fund, printing its monthly ad circulars in English and Spanish, and launching Viviendo, a magazine that features Hispanic leaders and celebrities.
9. WELLS FARGO & CO.
San Francisco, CA
Wells Fargo & Co. has more than 54 diversity councils. Wells Fargo's Corporate Diversity Council advises its executive team on best practices and plans outreach initiatives, which include attracting, retaining, and developing diverse team members at all levels of the organization. In addition, Wells Fargo is the No. 1 originator of home loans to ethnic minorities, a leader in lending to Hispanic business owners, and has committed to spending at least $1 billion per year with diverse-owned suppliers by 2010.
10. PRUDENTIAL FINANCIAL
At Prudential Financial, a critical component of the company's success is the ability to value and leverage diversity. Prudential Financial values and respects differences, has an appreciation for multicultural markets, and is committed to diverse partnerships, which help drive leadership domestically and internationally. Prudential Financial's inclusive policies and broad access to opportunities enable it to attract, retain, and develop talented individuals from a variety of backgrounds.
11. MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Marriott International's commitment to diversity is the only way to attract, develop, and retain the best talent and forge the business relationships necessary to continue the company's growth. Of the $1 billion the company plans to spend with diverse suppliers by 2010, $347 million has already been spent in a single year. The 2010 goal to have 500 minority- and women-owned Marriott hotels in the system is well on its way, exceeding 400 currently.
Sodexho is widely recognized for having a strong commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Sodexho has five employee network groups, including "SOL," the Sodexho Organization of Latinos, which works to enhance the quality of life for Hispanics. Sodexho has strong partnerships with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, National Council of La Raza, and the National Hispana Leadership Institute. In 2005, Sodexho increased its minority spending with suppliers by more than 50 percent.
13. HEWLETT-PACKARD CO.
HP has a long-standing commitment to diversity and strives to provide employees with an inclusive, flexible workplace. The company actively seeks diverse talent at all levels of the organization through conferences and career fairs, job boards, professional organizations and referrals, as well as various programs that promote diversity, including online diversity training, multiple employee resource groups, and a variety of work-life programs. These core HP values give it a competitive advantage.
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