JUNO BEACH, Fla., Sept. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- For the second consecutive year, NextEra Energy, Inc., parent company of Florida Power & Light Co., has been named one of the nation's best companies for diversity practices by HispanicBusiness magazine.
The annual list honors companies for their commitment to Hispanic hiring, promotion, marketing, philanthropy and supplier diversity.
"At NextEra Energy, we recruit and develop a diverse and talented workforce that's committed to our customers and the company. We're proud of our strong commitment to diversity in recruiting and advancement, and we're grateful for the recognition from HispanicBusiness magazine," said NextEra Energy Executive Vice President of Human Resources Shaun Francis.
NextEra Energy draws talent from a diverse pool of qualified candidates and welcomes them as a part of a work environment that values people with varied backgrounds and perspectives and leverages their unique contributions. Last year, nearly one-third of NextEra Energy's newly hired employees were from minority groups.
"We believe it is important to have a workforce whose perspectives and experience enable us to be responsive to the diverse needs of our Florida customers," said Armando J. Olivera, president and CEO of Florida Power & Light.
FPL focuses on Hispanic markets as part of its advertising program and sponsors a wide range of social, economic development, educational and community involvement initiatives in Hispanic communities. In addition, FPL purchased more than $315 million of goods and services from small-business and minority suppliers during the last fiscal year.
With more than 960,000 readers, HispanicBusiness reaches all industry sectors, including finance, green economy, law, accounting, technology, automotive, education, health care and engineering.
Earlier this year, NextEra Energy was honored as one of the top 10 most socially responsible companies in the world by Fortune magazine's annual "World's Most Admired Companies" list. NextEra Energy was also named one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" by Ethisphere magazine in 2011 for the fifth consecutive year.
For more information on many of NextEra Energy's social responsibility initiatives, please view the company's latest sustainability report at www.NextEraEnergy.com.
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NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE) is a leading clean energy company with 2010 revenues of more than $15 billion, nearly 43,000 megawatts of generating capacity, and approximately 15,000 employees in 28 states and Canada. Headquartered in Juno Beach, Fla., NextEra Energy's principal subsidiaries are NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which together with its affiliated entities is the largest generator in North America of renewable energy from the wind and sun, and Florida Power & Light Company, which serves approximately 4.5 million customer accounts in Florida and is one of the largest rate-regulated electric utilities in the country. Through its subsidiaries, NextEra Energy collectively operates the third largest U.S. nuclear power generation fleet. For more information about NextEra Energy companies, visit these websites: www.NextEraEnergy.com, www.NextEraEnergyResources.com, www.FPL.com.