American Airlines Earns Prestigious Diversity Award
June 12, 2006
FORT WORTH, Texas — American Airlines today was named one of Black Enterprise (be) magazine’s “40 Best Companies for Diversity.” The award was announced today with the release of the publication’s July 2006 issue, which features its second annual list of the best companies for diversity as the cover story.
In selecting the 40 Best Companies for Diversity, be evaluated diversity programs, consulted with diversity experts and corporate diversity officers, and conducted an extensive survey of more than 1,000 of the country’s largest publicly traded companies, and more than 50 leading global companies with significant U.S. operations.
“The be 40 Best Companies for Diversity truly understand how critically valuable a diverse workforce and inclusive business practices are to the success of their operations,” said Black Enterprise President and CEO Butch Graves. “These companies are setting the standard for corporate America, and it is our sincere hope that other companies will follow their lead and build businesses that are more reflective of the society in which we live.”
“We are honored to be named among this elite group as one of the best in the area of diversity,” said American’s Debra Hunter Johnson, Vice President – Global Human Resources Services. “American is strengthened by diversity. We believe in a holistic approach to diversity and corporate citizenship that focuses on employees, our suppliers, our customers and the communities we serve. The innovation and creativity created by our diversity initiatives is transforming our company.
Diversity has long been an integral part of American Airlines. The company has developed a workforce that includes a rich mixture of cultures, experiences, and backgrounds, and it has been recognized for using these cultural differences in a way that advances the airline’s business objectives. The company also extends its commitment to diversity to its vendor relationships. American, a founding member of the global oneworld® Alliance, goes beyond simply providing opportunities for diverse businesses. It also assists them in growing their companies. There are many examples of American’s successful business relationships with minority businesses.
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