DALLAS, July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) has announced that global company Kimberly-Clark is the 2007 SHPE Employer of the Year, according to a survey of SHPE members. Members include engineers and technical professionals, as well as college students. SHPE members voted Kimberly-Clark as the 2007 SHPE Employer of the Year based on their personal preferences as to which company would be the best to work for from an employee's standpoint. Kimberly-Clark was also recognized by members as a company known for providing upward mobility and growth opportunities for Latinos. Other companies that were highly ranked based on upward mobility and growth opportunities were IBM Corporation, Procter & Gamble, Texas Instruments, Inc. and Verizon Communications, Inc. Kimberly-Clark, IBM Corporation and The Boeing Company were also chosen as three of the best organizations for recruitment practices and SHPE involvement. "Kimberly-Clark is well-known for its commitment to its customers, employees and the community, and our SHPE members' selection confirms the company's reputation as an excellent employer," said Diana Gomez, SHPE national president. "The corporate partnership and involvement of Kimberly-Clark employees as SHPE members has greatly benefited our organization, and we are thrilled to announce Kimberly-Clark as the 2007 SHPE Employer of the Year." "Kimberly-Clark is honored to be chosen by SHPE as its 2007 Employer of the Year," said Lesley Hoare, vice president of talent management & diversity and inclusion. "As a global company, we are committed to partnering with such professional organizations like SHPE as we continue cultivating a fair, respectful and engaging work environment that inspires our diverse global team to thrive professionally. We believe in promoting a culture that values and capitalizes on individual and collective talents. Diverse opinions, perspectives and ideas make Kimberly-Clark a more innovative organization." In other SHPE survey findings, career advancement was found as the most important factor in selecting a job by all members, with 83 percent of students and 73 percent of professionals rating it as extremely important. Twenty two percent of students plan to pursue an engineering career in the aerospace industry, 21 percent in energy/utility/gas and 17 percent in computer tech/software. Asked about the best sources of information for job opportunities, 66 percent of students rated career fairs as an excellent source, 58 percent rated "having worked there myself" as an excellent source and 55 percent rated "knowing someone who worked there" as an excellent source. Kimberly-Clark has developed employee programs that retain and recruit skilled talent reflective of its customers, consumers and communities, and the company communicates that valuing and managing diversity and inclusion is a critical component for its long-term success. Its commitment to diversity also includes cultivating employee networks to connect people who have common interests and backgrounds and supporting national organizations who, like SHPE, are dedicated to advancing diversity. Kimberly-Clark is a leading global health and hygiene company employing more than 55,000 people worldwide and posting sales of $16.7 billion in 2006. Headquartered in Dallas with operations in 37 countries, Kimberly-Clark's global brands are sold in more than 150 countries. Every day, 1.3 billion people use Kimberly-Clark brands like Kleenex, Scott, Andrex, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex, Poise and Depend, securing the No. 1 or No. 2 share position globally in more than 80 countries. SHPE, Inc. is the source for quality Hispanic engineers and technical talent, committed to enhancing America's position in math, science, engineering and technology with a strong and talented Hispanic workforce. SHPE provides its membership of students and professionals with increased educational opportunities, professional and personal growth, and involvement in education, business and government issues. For more information, please visit http://www.shpe.org.
SOURCE Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers