AUBURN HILLS, Mich., April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
- Selections, based on empirical data, made by the editors of the respected DiversityInc magazine
- 893 companies participated in the 2013 DiversityInc Top 50 or 25 Most Noteworthy competition, up from about 600 companies in 2012
- Chrysler Group has been included on the Top 50 or 25 Most Noteworthy lists seven times since the benchmarks were establish in 2001
- Company's longstanding commitment to supplier diversity continues to differentiate Chrysler Group as a diversity leader
The editors of DiversityInc magazine have named Chrysler Group LLC to the magazine's 2013 list of "25 Most Noteworthy Companies for Diversity." This annual benchmark is comprised of companies the magazine's editors believe are diversity-management leaders. This was the seventh consecutive year Chrysler Group has earned a place among the top 50 or the 25 most noteworthy companies, which for 2013 were selected from more than 893 participating companies, up from about 600 companies in 2012.
Selections for the lists are based on empirical data submitted to the magazine by companies in an annual survey administered in 2012.
"Achieving this honor is recognition of Chrysler Group's leadership commitment to diversity and inclusion, and the sound practices contained in our business strategy," said Nancy Rae, Senior Vice President - Human Resources, Chrysler Group LLC and Co-Chair of the Company's Diversity Council. "Chrysler Group's diversity will continue to be a source of innovation and competitive advantage as we continue to recruit and develop the diverse talent we need to sustain our success."
DiversityInc's 200-question annual survey is divided into four parts: CEO Commitment, Human Capital, Corporate and Organizational Communications, and Supplier Diversity.
"Chrysler Group remains as committed as ever to creating a diverse and sustainable supply base that directly reflects our customers," said Scott Kunselman, Senior Vice President - Purchasing & Supplier Quality, Chrysler Group LLC. "We will continue to create opportunities for minority-owned, women-owned and veteran-owned businesses because we believe that a diverse supply chain leads to better, more innovative products for our customers."
Chrysler Group has long been considered a leader in minority sourcing and development. Since 1983, the Company has purchased more than $45 billion from minority-owned companies and continues to develop innovative new programs to build its minority supply base, such as its annual Matchmaker program designed to foster business relationships between the Company's minority and Tier 1 suppliers.
"It is clear that U.S. companies are increasingly conscious of the importance of diversity," said Luke Visconti, CEO of DiversityInc. "We are very encouraged to see more companies applying for this distinction and embracing diversity more deeply than ever. We also note a continued positive correlation between achievement in diversity and overall positive stock performance."
About Chrysler Group's leadership commitment to diversity, inclusion and diverse talent development
In 2012, the Detroit Free Press named Chrysler Group as one of the best places to work in the state of Michigan. Chrysler Group also has been named one of the "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" by Working Mother magazine 13 times, and has been recognized six times by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as one of the country's leading companies supporting diversity and inclusion of LGBT employees.
Chrysler Group was named among the nation's "Top Supporters" of Engineering Programs of Historically Black Colleges and Universities for the past three years, recognizing the Company's efforts to develop, recruit and hire talented students pursuing technical careers at the nation's minority-serving institutions.
Over the years, a long line of Chrysler Group employees have received important professional recognition from various diversity organizations, including Black Engineer of the Year, Women of Color, HENAAC Great Minds in STEM and others, reflecting the Company's strong commitment to developing its diverse workforce.
About Chrysler Group LLC
Chrysler Group LLC, formed in 2009 to establish a global strategic alliance with Fiat S.p.A., produces Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Mopar, SRT and Fiat vehicles and products. With the resources, technology and worldwide distribution network required to compete on a global scale, the alliance builds on Chrysler Group's culture of innovation, first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925, and Fiat's complementary technology that dates back to its founding in 1899.
Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., Chrysler Group's product lineup features some of the world's most recognizable vehicles, including the Chrysler 300 and Town & Country, Jeep Wrangler, all-new Dodge Dart, Ram 1500, Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 and Fiat 500. Fiat contributes world-class technology, platforms and powertrains for small- and medium-size cars, allowing Chrysler Group to offer an expanded product line including environmentally friendly vehicles.
SOURCE Chrysler Group LLC