39. MERRILL LYNCH
New York, NY
Diversity is rooted in one of Merrill Lynch's five guiding principles: Respect for the Individual. By providing exceptional resources and an inclusive, high-performance work environment, Merrill Lynch ensures that employees are able to maximize their professional potential while delivering extraordinary value to clients, and creating a competitive advantage for the company and its shareholders. In addition, through its Multicultural Marketing group, Merrill Lynch seeks to be a leading provider of financial services to Hispanics.
New York, NY
In 2005, employees worked with Citigroup's diversity directors to launch employee networks, and assisted in recruiting, mentoring, and teaching financial education programs locally. Citigroup has placed an emphasis on building sponsorships with U.S. organizations including the National Society of Hispanic MBAs and the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement. Citigroup Supplier Diversity launched a minority broker-dealer program to include Hispanic and other diverse broker-dealers in initial public offerings and other equity capital markets deals.
41. FREDDIE MAC
Workforce diversity is evident in Freddie Mac's employees: Minorities make up more than 40 percent, more than 50 percent are women, and, last year, minorities made up more than 50 percent of Freddie Mac's new hires. The company's seven employee networks are essential to its internal diversity programand are one of the unique ways in which the company fosters a diverse working environment. These groups are designed to cultivate a spirit of inclusion and support positive forums for professional development among employees.
42. ALTRIA GROUP INC.
New York, NY
Altria Group has made a long-standing commitment to integrate diversity in its work. Its investment in diversity ensures an inclusive workforce; reinforces the message that the Altria Group cares about the communities in which it does business; enhances the quality of its relationships with stakeholders; and allows it to make fundamentally better business decisions.
43. SPRINT NEXTEL
Overland Park, KS
As a leading global communications company, Sprint is committed to the growth and success of its inclusion and diversity initiatives. Sprint has taken a holistic approach to inclusion, focusing on employees, customers, suppliers, and local communities. By offering employee programs such as its Hispanic resource group, Enlace; an award-winning supplier-diversity program; and community-outreach programs targeting diverse communities, Sprint is able to focus on areas important to the Hispanic community while increasing shareholder value.
UPS actively recruits employees from a broad variety of communities and schools, with more than half of its 2005 hires being minorities. In 2005, UPS awarded more than $249 million in contracts to minority- and women-owned businesses as part of its 14-year-old Supplier-Diversity program. UPS has a 20-year partnership with the National Council of La Raza, the largest constituency-based national Hispanic organization, and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.
45. TURNER BROADCASTING SYSTEM, INC.
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